Service immersion trips offer opportunities to volunteer, reflect

The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life is offering opportunities for students to volunteer and reflect during two service immersion trips next spring – Nazareth Farm in March and Mercy Farm in May.

Nazareth Farm: March 10-16

Located in Center Point, West Virginia, Nazareth Farm is dedicated to addressing substandard housing by providing home repairs in the Appalachian region. Volunteers will work on projects alongside students from other colleges and universities, meet directly with the people they are helping, reflect on their work in light of the gospel call and their own spirituality, and enjoy the beauty of the Appalachian culture and landscape.

The trip can accommodate six students. Volunteers are asked to contribute $275 toward the cost of the trip and participate in fundraising to defray additional costs. The registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 15.

Mercy Farm: May 11-15

Located in Benson Vermont, Mercy Farm is owned and managed by Mercy Ecology, whose mission is to inspire reverence for Earth and to work towards sustainability of life by acting in harmony with all creation. Volunteers will spend most of their day working on the farm and at other local sites. They will also participate in Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream, a transformative educational program that explores the challenges facing humanity and the opportunities we as a human family have to create a new future.

The trip can accommodate 10 students. Volunteers are asked to contribute $150 toward the cost of the trip and participate in fundraising to defray additional costs. Payment is due by Jan. 31, 2019.

For more information on either program, email Amy Cady at amy.cady@salve.edu.

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