for Students

Mercer views community service as an integral part of the student experience. Through the Center for Community Engagement, Mercer students have opportunities to serve and become advocates for positive change in literacy and education, health care and wellness, neighborhood revitalization, youth programs, legal advocacy, nonprofit management, disability access, homelessness, elder care, and many other areas of need.

In 2015-2016, Mercer students completed 535,969 hours of service through volunteerism and service-learning experiences. Thank you!

Volunteer Fair

Mercer’s annual Volunteer Fair is a great opportunity for Middle Georgia nonprofits and Mercer students to connect on service opportunities in the Macon area. The next Volunteer Fair is set for Friday, September 7, 2018!
If you have any questions, email Lauren Shinholster at

America Reads/America Counts

The America Reads / America Counts Program connects work-study eligible students with partner schools and non-profit agencies. Mercer students participating in ARAC serve as tutors and provide support to elementary aged students to improve their reading and math skills. ARAC tutors also provide middle school students with the tools and support they need to improve their achievement in mathematics. 
Applications for the America Reads/America Counts program are accepted year-round, but students are encouraged to apply within the first couple weeks of the semester.

Learn more about America Reads/America Counts


MerServe is the student-run service leadership board for the Macon undergraduate campus of Mercer University. MerServe plans, coordinates, and implements a variety of service programs and events, including Service Saturdays, Be a Good NeighBear, Lights on Afterschool, and Spring Break for Service. 

Be a Good NeighBear

Be a Good NeighBear serves as the kickoff event for a number of service opportunities offered to students through the Center for Community Engagement. Coordinated by MerServe, Be a Good NeighBear is a day of service that brings students, faculty, staff and their families together with local outreach organizations and neighborhood Shalom Zones.

Spring Break for Service

Spring Break for Service is a local Alternative Spring Break program that began in 2012. Spring Break for Service is an immersive service experience that aims to expose students to the needs of the Macon area. Students participating in Spring Break for Service are exposed to a wide variety of organizations --everything from working with the homeless to playing and reading with children to helping to build and rehabilitate homes. 
Spring Break for Service will be held March 4-7, 2018 and is completely FREE!
Registration opens in February 2018 

Mobilize Mercer

Mobilize Mercer is a student-driven voting initiative that is focused on raising voter awareness and participation on Mercer's Macon campus.