Mercy’s philosophy on service is that we do not want service to simply be a requirement for our students. We want service to become a part of their lives, here at Mercy and beyond. To put this idea into practice, required service hours are kept to a minimum.
The hope is that students will experience the importance of service as a way to help others and live out their faith through the required hours, and then choose to continue to serve because they see the value of service within their lives.
To try and help the students unpack their service experiences, all students attend a service reflection once a semester during their theology classes. Each class meets with the Campus Minister to reflect and share the service that they have been a part of and to process through the impact that this service has had on them.
Doing service is wonderful, but if the students do not reflect on their experience, it becomes something that happened once and is done. By processing through their service experiences students are able to learn, grow and hopefully make future service experiences even more fruitful.
It is in the context of Mercy’s mission that the following requirements have been developed:
- Freshmen will perform a minimum of 5 hours.
- Sophomores will perform a minimum of 10 hours.
- Juniors will perform a minimum of 15 hours.
- Seniors will perform a minimum of 10 hours.
Last year’s graduating class completed over 12,900 service hours over their four years. 100% of the class of 2016 completed more service hours than were required to graduate.
Just a few of the local places and organization you can find Mercy students giving of their time:
- Bergan Mercy Hospital
- Bethlehem House
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- Catholic Charities
- Children’s Museum
- City Sprouts Community Garden
- Essential Pregnancy Services
- Habitat For Humanity
- Heart Ministry Center
- Intercultural Senior Center
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Many Parishes and Churches
- Mercy Housing
- Mercy Villa
- Munroe-Meyer Institute
- Nebraska Humane Society
- Nebraska Medical Center
- Ollie Webb Center
- Open Door Mission
- Ronald McDonald House
- Siena Francis House
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
- Stephen Center