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Mount Mercy's Faculty and Staff Serve the Local Community

  Recently the Mount Mercy Academy faculty and staff participated in a Service Retreat.  The day began at the academy with a prayer service. The service highlighted the meaning of Mercy, and the ways in which the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, created a legacy of Mercy.  

The faculty and staff were split up into small groups and then the groups spent the morning volunteering with six different Buffalo community partners.  Service was provided at Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo, Salvation Army, City Mission, Journey’s End, Rooted in Love, and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.  

    The volunteers the Ronald McDonald house, a place for families to stay when they have a child receiving care at a Buffalo hospital, made lunch for the guests. While at the Salvation Army, Mount Mercy’s volunteers prepared food bags and “Angel Tags”, which are distributed to local organizations for giving trees and other Christmas programs that allow the community members to pick a tag and then provide an appropriate gift for a child. At the City Mission the group sorted clothing donations.  Volunteers at Journey’s End got to work on the Urban Farm helping to organize and winterize the greenhouse.  The greenhouse and surrounding area on the Urban Farm allows refugee families a space to farm.  At Rooted in Love members of the Mount Mercy staff helped organize clothing donations, packing food bags for children at their public school partners, and taking inventory in the pantry.  The St. Luke’s team organized 40 boxes of clothes.  

The day of service allowed the Mount Mercy personnel to address the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy.  Lunch at an immigrant-owned restaurant culminated the day. The retreat was organized by Mount Mercy’s campus minister, Mary Colby.

 

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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