Service Learning

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The Office of Campus Ministry and Service Learning, guided by the mission and values of Mercy College, inspires students, faculty and staff to grow in their understanding of spirituality and service.

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Service learning is an integration of organized service into the higher education curriculum in order to both benefit the community and enhance the student’s learning experience.

Through service learning, students are involved in experiential learning with instructor-facilitated reflection. These experiences are typically in a community agency or non-profit organization –always an institution that can benefit from the student’s volunteer effort.

The basis for service learning at Mercy College includes the Mercy College values, the Corporal Works of Mercy (Matthew 25:34-36), and the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching. When we engage in service, we deepen these values in our lives!

How Do I Get Involved?

Mercy College offers many opportunities to engage in community and on-campus service projects. From helping make a blanket for Project Linus on campus to participating in the Alternative Spring Break Trip in regions outside Ohio, Mercy College students can reach out to those in need. The Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning organizes such opportunities and can also give suggestions for places of service when service hours are required for a class.

Mercy College Hoffman Ambassador Program

The Mercy College Hoffman Ambassadors are a group of ten students committed to service to the Toledo, Youngstown and Mercy College communities. They are full of enthusiasm and leadership potential that is developed in the yearlong commitment. Each Hoffman Ambassador is required to perform 250 hours of service which includes leadership training. A scholarship of $3000 is offered ($1500 per fall and spring semester). Hoffman Ambassadors represent Mercy College in the community.

Download Hoffman Ambassador program application
  • Document .pdfService Learning Handbook

    The service learning experience at Mercy College provides students with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, and the reflections on those experiences personally impact the students.