On Sept. 21, hundreds of
Carlow University students put down their books and laptops and
picked up a paintbrush, scrub bucket or broom to assist 18
nonprofit organizations throughout Allegheny County as part of the
university's annual Mercy Service Day.
The students painted
kettles at the Salvation Army, pulled weeds at Our Clubhouse and
sorted and packed medical supplies at Global Links, to name just a
few sites where they volunteered.
Students were there to
lend a hand and help the organizations accomplish some work that
they can't do during the normal course of their workweek.
Mercy Service Day has been
an annual activity at Carlow University for 14 years. It is 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 Founders Fortnight, Carlow's two-week celebration of its heritage.