Carlow University Students Work in the Community for Mercy Service Day

Mercy Service Day is Friday, September 22, and Carlow students will help at more than 20 organizations throughout Allegheny County.

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More than 20 Non-profit Organizations Will Benefit from First Year Students’ Work

Pittsburgh, Pa. – 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 more than 20 non-profit organizations throughout Allegheny County as part of the university’s annual Mercy Service Day.

“The students might be pulling weeds at Angel’s Place, sorting and packing medical supplies at Global Links, or sanding, dusting, and painting at Habitat for Humanity, 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:

ACH Clear Pathways

Angel’s Place

Burning Bush

The Corner

The First Tee of Pittsburgh

Duquesne Repack

Girls on the Run – Magee Women’s Hospital

Global Links

Habitat For Humanity Pittsburgh

Heritage Community Initiatives

Jubilee Soup Kitchen

Life’s Work of Western PA

North Hills Community Outreach

Oakland Community Food Pantry

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

Salvation Army of Homestead

Shepherd’s Heart

Sisters of Mercy Convent

Sojourner House

Stephen Foster: Catholic Youth Association

Mercy Service Day has been an annual activity at Carlow University for the past 13 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 eleven athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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