Community Service Form
AIDS Walk: Participants sign up friends and family as sponsors to raise money for a variety of organizations serving people with AIDS. The students walk from Mercy to Kelly Drive to start the Walk. (October)
Walk Against Hunger: The Walk+Run Against Hunger supports more than 100 food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Students sign-up to participate in this Walk at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (April)
Food and Clothing Drives: CSC coordinates collections for Thanksgiving dinners for needy neighborhood families, and clothing for homeless individuals.
Winterfest: Approximately seventy-five young people, all physically or mentally challenged, converge upon Mercy Career & Technical High School "Mercy CTE" for a day-long festival of games, prizes, live entertainment, food, and companionship. Each visitor is accompanied by a “buddy,” a student from Mercy or another collaborating school. (February)
Breadbasketball: Homerooms compete in the collection of non-perishable food which is used to stock the food banks. CSC members help by collecting, sorting, delivering the food, and compiling weekly tallies. (March)
Change Drive: In the spirit of Catherine McAuley, coins are collected in homerooms to fund outreach service projects for those in need. Much of this money is used especially for Winterfest. (starts on Mercy Day and goes until Halloween)
Teens for Jeans Drive: In collaboration with an advocacy organization called “Do Something,” Mercy participates in a month-long national jeans drive. All of the jeans collected are donated to homeless teens in the United States.
Martin Luther King Day of Service: In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students volunteer to give a morning of service at Mercy CTE by cleaning, organizing, and helping the faculty.
Operation Katrina – This is a hands-on service learning trip that begun after Hurricane Katrina. For six years, Mercy students and faculty helped in the Gulf Coast area to rebuild after the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. In this spirit, the mission of this trip has become to help in areas where there has been destruction caused by a natural disaster. This trip is only open to juniors and seniors. This is a very unique and memorable experience to all those who are able to participate. Visit our Operation Katrina Website to learn more about our trips.