April 23, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected all aspects of life, and the work of Mercy Volunteer Corps is no exception. In this extraordinary April, when we celebrate National Volunteer Month, Mercy Volunteers are more committed than ever to serving the most marginalized members of our communities. They continue to do so, some from community houses that have been deemed essential, to ensure that each person living on the margins continues to receive care and is not forgotten. During this special month of commemorating volunteers, follow along on our blog to read stories by alumni of Mercy Volunteer Corps whose lives have been forever changed through Mercy service.
By Kathleen Kelly
I am a Mercy Volunteer Corps alumna, a Mercy Associate and a support person for the Philadelphia Mercy Volunteers. I served as a Mercy volunteer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Project HOME from 2014–2015.
I attended a Mercy College, Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As fate would have it, I submitted my application to Mercy Volunteer Corps on December 12, 2013—Mercy Foundation Day. Perhaps it would serve a sign for the way Mercy would forever change the trajectory of my life. I had planned to do a year of service and then return to Pittsburgh for a master’s degree in social work. When I read the description of a volunteer at Project HOME, my mind was made up. I had always held a desire to work with those experiencing homelessness; to learn that outreach workers engaged people at the very basic level on the streets solidified my decision. I came, through my education and my year of service, to realize how Catherine McAuley’s deep desire to serve the poor resonated with me. The connection I desired between prayer and service took root.Read More