Mercy Service Day is Friday, September 22, and Carlow students will help at more than 20 organizations throughout Allegheny County.
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For Immediate Release
Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations
September 21, 2017
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
The First Tee of Pittsburgh
Girls on the Run – Magee Women’s Hospital
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
Sisters of Mercy Convent
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.