Mercy College of Ohio students and employees embrace the core value of service. Many classes incorporate service learning and service projects take place throughout the year. Currently, the college is partnering with Toledo SeaGate Food Bank in bringing bedtime items to needy families in northwest Ohio. Items will be donated to local senior kinship programs, shelters, pantries for cancer families and family outreach centers.
Sister Sally Marie Bohnett, SND, Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning, notes the importance of community involvement to the college. “Service is vital to our mission at Mercy College. It’s one of the six values we hold as the foundation of the college. From supply drives throughout the year to students volunteering in the community to a service trip over spring break, the college’s value of service is clearly demonstrated.”
On Jan. 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, employees of Mercy College of Ohio’s Toledo campus worked with 11 different community organizations on a variety of service projects. Employees spent time painting, preparing plants for greenhouses, delivering meals, organizing food pantries, and spending time with individuals who receive support from community groups. Later in the month the faculty and staff of the Youngstown campus provided a meal on two different occasions at a service agency that offers hospitality to anyone who walks through its doors. While these experiences provided a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community, Mercy College faculty, staff, and students don’t stop there with service.
Some students choose to serve by becoming a Mercy College Hoffman Ambassador. Hoffman Ambassadors are a group of 10 students committed to service to the Toledo and Mercy College communities. Each Hoffman Ambassador is required to perform 250 hours of service which includes leadership training and meetings. Each ambassador receives a $3000 scholarship for this yearlong commitment.
Going beyond the Toledo area, students and staff are preparing for the college’s Alternative Spring Break Trip. From March 6-11, members for the college community will travel to David, Kentucky, to serve with the St. Vincent Mission. In the past, groups have helped build ramps for the elderly, worked in the garden that helps provide food for the needy, and painted.
Mercy College of Ohio is a Catholic undergraduate institution sponsored by Mercy and focuses on healthcare and health science programs. More information about programs is available at mercycollege.edu or by calling 419-251-1313.