At a University where “everyone majors in changing the world,” Mercerians are encouraged to serve the community through a variety of on-campus involvements, including student organizations, athletic teams, fraternities, sororities, and service-learning courses.
Through the Center for Community Engagement, students have the opportunity to learn about the community and the role we play in affecting social change. Community engagement experiences offered by the Center for Community Engagement include several one-time service projects throughout the year, along with ongoing opportunities to serve in Macon-Bibb through work-study and service-learning tutoring initiatives.
The Center for Community Engagement is a clearinghouse of local volunteer needs, keeping students connected to upcoming volunteer opportunities through BearPulse powered by GivePulse.
Changing the World Starts at Home
Public service and preparation for leadership have been at the heart of Mercer’s mission since its founding. Learn about yourself, how to work with others, and make an impact on the community through these opportunities hosted or coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement:
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. Connect with MerServe on Facebook and Instagram to discover how you can get involved. If you have questions about upcoming event or joining MerServe, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Days of Service & Service Saturday
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. The 2021 Be a Good NeighBear event is set for Saturday, September 25th.
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 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, including those that focus on hunger and homelessness, youth engagement, and community development.
Mobilize Mercer is a nonpartisan voting initiative that is focused on raising voter awareness and participation on Mercer's Macon campus. As champions of Mercer's involvement in SoCon Votes, Mobilize Mercer coordinates voter registration drives, debate watch parties, and election day celebrations. Learn more about Mobilize Mercer's upcoming events on Instagram or by emailing email@example.com.
America Reads/America Counts
The America Reads / America Counts (ARAC) program at Mercer University connects work-study eligible students with partner schools, churches, 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.
The Center for Community Engagement is currently recruiting tutors for the 2021-2022 America Reads/America Counts program. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before September 1, 2021. Click here to submit your application.
The Center for Community Engagement's Volunteer Fair serves as an opportunity to meet dozens of middle Georgia agencies that are seeking Mercer volunteers or interns for the coming year. The 2021 Volunteer Fair will be held in conjuction with Bear Fair on Monday, August 23 in the University Center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Discover Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities on BearPulse
Mercer uses BearPulse to support community engagement for students, faculty, and staff. BearPulse is useful for finding service opportunities, tracking your on-campus and off-campus activities, connecting with community partners, and adding campus and community-based events to the calendar.
To explore upoming volunteer opportunities, be sure to login to BearPulse with your Mercer credentials.