OT Service, Local to Global
Did you know OT students and faculty at Misericordia are among the most active providers of service on campus? We take seriously the four charisms of the Sisters of Mercy - mercy, service, justice, and hospitality, and try to make them come alive, each in our own way, locally, regionally, and globally. Here are a few of many examples: MU OT students and other majors regularly travel the globe to provide service in locations such as Jamaica, Peru, Guyana, and Honduras. Some of these longer trips carry course credit. The trip to Honduras is an OT course.
OT International Service Trip to Jamaica
In 2016 occupational therapy faculty and students from Misericordia University traveled to Mustard Seed Communities in Kingston Jamaica, as part of a class experience, to provide service and training to clients and staff at two homes for severely disabled children. This activity is part of a three part partnership between several universities, Mustard Seed Communities, and a group of therapists who provide pro-bono services worldwide, known as Therapy Missions. MU is one of three universities in this partnership.
OT students in Kingston, Jamaica
OT students Amanda Casem and Mary Boyle work with a staff member and a child on a sensory mat built and donated by the class.
MU students at St. John Bosco Boys' Home in Jamaica, Mandeville, West Indies
City Mission, Schenectady, New York.
A remarkable large shelter for the homeless.
Misericordia University students Mary Hawes, Bangor, Pa., left, and Bethany Empfield, Shavertown, Pa., right, assist with one of the indoor events at the Hazleton Area School District's 4th Annual Winter Olympics at Eagle Rock Resort. The two were among 40 sophomore occupational therapy majors who volunteered their time for the outing for special needs children.
There were plenty of smiles as Misericordia University students Katie Kelly, Honesdale, PA, and Emily Iseminger, Wyalusing, Pa., and Maria Weidemoyer helped out on the sledding run during the Hazleton Area School District's 4th Annual Winter Olympics for special needs children at Eagle Rock Resort. They were among 40 sophomore occupational therapy majors who volunteered their time for the event. Click here to view more images of this event.