Cresson, Pa. – A group of Mount Aloysius College students started their Spring Break with a four-day service trip to Mariandale Retreat Center near New York City. On March 15, 20 students traveled with Brianna Baker, MAC Director of Mission & Ministry, and Amy Kanich, Director of Campus Ministry. Their service work included packing brown bag lunches, a garden project, making school packets for the Westchester food bank, and sorting clothing and making sandwiches for the homeless.

“Service is one of our Mercy values, and these trips give an opportunity for students to step out of their comfort zones and learn about experiences different from their own,” said Baker. “One of the main goals is for students to examine how their faith and values call them to be beacons of justice in our world.”

Noah Ports, a Mountie senior who has been on three similar service trips, said that service trips like these helped him learn more about himself and others.

“I think service trips help you grow as an individual and as a member of a larger community,” Ports said. “The college has always emphasized the Mercy values, and I believe these service trips allow students to apply those values to both themselves and their environment.”

Caption: (L-R) Jeremiah Starks of Baltimore, MD; Shariya Fowler of Philadelphia; Sheryl Kusi Appouh of Ashburn, VA; Melody Moors of Philadelphia; Enoch Quarcoo of Eastbourne, England; Emily Schrock of Mill Run, PA; Enoch Wiredu of Joppa, MD; Marlee Stake of Chambersburg, PA; Elsa Witherow of Tyrone, PA; Mary Randolph of Altoona, PA; Sarah Walker of Harrisonville, PA; Aleah Grove of Hollidaysburg, PA; Megan Ruttick of Pittsburgh; Noah Ports of Portage, PA; Tyler Gannon of Glenshaw, PA; Ziporah Appouh of Ashburn, VA; Christian Kanich of Nanty Glo, PA; Clayton Nelen of Patton, PA; Dwayne Jones of Johnstown, PA; Brianna Baker, Mount Aloysius Director of Mission and Ministry; Amy Kanich, Mount Aloysius Director of Campus Ministry; prepare to depart on their service trip to New York.