"Small acts of service & virtue are daily within our reach."
– Catherine McAuley, Sisters of Mercy Founder
Each year, students from Carlow University participate in the Mercy Service Day which connects Southwestern Pennsylvania non-profit organizations to Carlow student volunteers for a special day of giving each autumn. This much-anticipated community event honors the university’s founders, the Sisters of Mercy, and their commitment to serve those in need. "Service is what we do here at Carlow," said Jermaine McKinley, DMin, coordinator of the Mercy Center for Service at Carlow. "Its been built into our campus since it was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, and everyone is keyed into that idea."Past Service Day projects have included:
As part of Mercy Service Day activities in September 2013, some Carlow students went to Computer Reach, where they refurbished old Macintosh computers to make them serviceable for schools, churches, and other non-profit organizations. Volunteers from the Pittsburgh area gather every week at the North Point Breeze company to fix hundreds of donated Apple and PC computers.