It’s that time of the year again – the first sign of spring in the air, the squeaky sneaker sound of March Madness on the horizon and the arrival of another Mercy Month. Each year in March, the Mercyhurst community celebrates volunteer service in our communities and alumni are always great supporters of this effort. Giving generously of your time, talent and treasure this March is an important way to honor the Mercy tradition.
If you live in the Erie community, you can join fellow alumni in a morning of service at the Erie VA Medical Center on Saturday, March 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. ET. If you’re not in Erie – like me – there are a number of ways to give back to the community. This month, I spent time narrating magazine stories for blind residents of Connecticut through a volunteer opportunity at my workplace. Also, having just completed my first half marathon, I made small donations to all of my friends training for various races on behalf of great charities like the American Liver Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I know how hard those long runs were for me and I am so proud to support my friends in honor of these great causes.
Other great Mercy Month suggestions include donating blood, creating care packages for servicemen and women overseas, cleaning up a neighborhood park, visiting a nursing home or soup kitchen or just picking up the tab for the person behind you in line at a drive-thru. It’s amazing how easy it is to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter.
Be sure to share your acts of service using #MercyMonth2014 on social media and send your stories and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing all the ways that Mercyhurst alumni are giving back this Mercy Month.