Carlow University Students Work in the Community for Mercy Service Day on Friday, September 21

Carlow University’s first year students will be working out in the community for Mercy Service Day, the university’s annual celebration of its Mercy heritage and an opportunity to help 18 local non-profit agencies.

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More than 15 Non-profit Organizations Will Benefit from First Year Students’ Work

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Did you ever wonder how the Salvation Army’s red kettles stay so red?  This year, you can thank Carlow University students.

On Friday, September 21, 2018, hundreds of Carlow University students will put down their books and laptops and pick up a paintbrush, a scrub bucket, or a broom to assist 18 non-profit organizations throughout Allegheny County as part of the university’s annual Mercy Service Day.

“The students will be painting kettles at the Salvation Army, pulling weeds at Our Clubhouse, or sorting and packing medical supplies at Global Links, to name just a few places,” said Brenda Byrne, director of Mercy Service at Carlow.  “We’re there to lend a hand and help the organizations accomplish some work that they can’t do during the normal course of their work week.”

Allowing for travel time to and from the sites, all Carlow’s first year students plus some faculty and staff will be working from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday for the following organizations:

Burning Bush

Girls on the Run – Magee Women’s Hospital

Global Links

Gwen’s Girls

Heritage Community Initiatives

Imani Christian Academy

Jewish Association of Aging

Jubilee Soup Kitchen

Light of Life Donation Center

Northside Partnership Project

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

Our Clubhouse

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership-Block by Block

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Salvation Army of Homestead

Shepherd’s Heart

Sisters of Mercy Convent

Sojourner House

Mercy Service Day has been an annual activity at Carlow University for the past 14 years.  It is always held during the third week of September to honor Carlow’s founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929.  For the past several years, it has been an integral part of Mercy Founder’s Fortnight, Carlow’s two week celebration of its heritage.


Editor’s Note:  Carlow University welcomes news media coverage of the events of Mercy Service Day.  Several of the agencies involved would welcome the media to their location.  For more information about where to go to see Carlow volunteers in action, please call Drew Wilson at (412) 260-6807.

About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curriculum, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in three colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, and Learning and Innovation. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s thirteen athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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