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Service Day - Community Partner Resources


Each year, Messiah College takes a day off to serve together in our community. There are many jobs that are left undone for lack of helping hands. Maybe you know of a few! We would like to send a team of volunteers your way on Service Day. Take a look at our project guidelines.




Accomplish - because it is a one-time project involving groups of students and college employees, Service Day is a great opportunity to complete large projects that require a lot of helping hands.


Educate - Service Day gives you the chance to "get the word out" about your agency by orienting students to the mission of your agency and the nature of the social problems and issues you address.


Motivate - by hosting a group of students for Service Day you are helping us in our mission of challenging students to become regular volunteers at agencies like yours!



Current Partners

Previous Partners

  • American Foundation for Children with AIDS
  • Bethany Village
  • Bookshare
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area
  • Caitlin's Smiles
  • Camp Hebron
  • Camp Tuckahoe
  • Carlisle Family YMCA
  • Carlisle Parks and Recreation Department
  • Central PA Literacy Council
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Cumberland Crossings
  • Danzante
  • Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp
  • Derry Presbyterian
  • Derry Street Church
  • Doubling Gap Center
  • Freedom Valley Church
  • Friends of Midland
  • Friendship Center
  • Grantham Community Garden
  • Green Urban Initiatives
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area
  • Hampden Elementary School (CV School District)
  • Harrisburg Cemetery Association
  • Humane Society
  • Lewisberry United Methodist Church
  • Messiah Essential Employees
  • Messiah College Alumni
  • Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village
  • Morning Star Pregnancy Services
  • New Cumberland First Church of God
  • Mechanicsburg School District
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
  • Project Share
  • Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg
  • Shalom House
  • Shiloh Center for Community Outreach
  • Social Work Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Special Olympics
  • The Civic Club of Harrisburg
  • The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research
  • The Silence of Mary Home
  • West Shore Evangelical Free Church
  • Williams Grove Historical Stream Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Allison Hill Community Ministries
  • Bethesda Mission
  • Blue Mountain Outfitters
  • Borough of Mechanicsburg
  • Caitlin's Smiles
  • Camp Hebron
  • Carlisle Family YMCA
  • Collaboratory
  • Cumberland Crossings Retirement Community
  • Cumberland Vista
  • Danzante
  • Dauphin County Parks and Recreation
  • Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp
  • Derry Presbyterian Church
  • Doubling Gap Center
  • Earthkeepers Club
  • Forgotten Voices International
  • First Church of God, New Cumberland
  • Fort LeTort Maintenance at LeTory Park
  • Freedom Valley Church
  • Grantham Community Garden
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hampden Elementary
  • Harmony Bethel Church of God
  • Harrisburg Brethren in Christ
  • Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation
  • Hidden Valley Scout Reservation
  • Hope Station Homework Club
  • Hidden Valley Boy Scout Camp
  • Joshua Farm
  • King's Gap
  • Le Tort Park
  • Lewisberry United Methodist Church
  • Lower Paxton Township Parks and Recreation
  • Mechanicsburg School District Operation Wildcat
  • Midland Cemetary Restoration
  • Morning Star Pregnancy Services
  • Operation Write Home
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
  • Outdoors Club
  • Pride of the Neighborhood Academics
  • Recycle Bicycle
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Safe Harbour
  • Schaffner Youth Center
  • Silence of Mary
  • Slate Hill Mennonite Cemetary
  • Social Work Department Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
  • Stouffer Farm and Cemetary
  • The Arc of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • West Shore Evangelical Free Church
  • Williams Grove Railroad



Memo of Understanding


Please review the Messiah College Memo of Understanding for Service Day before registering your project online.  Check back after February 2014 for the link to register for Service Day 2014. 


Reciprocal Service


Even though a team of volunteers may be coming your way to serve on Service Day, we know that you have a lot to offer them through your experience, knowledge and passions. We want Service Day to be reciprocally helpful for you and each volunteer that visits you!


Service Day Locations


Locations will include programs which are church related as well as secular, governmental and private, rural and urban. The following criteria will be used to select service sites.


  • Service Day 2014 will have a special focus on projects within the Harrisburg School District.
  • The activity will provide both a needed service for the agency and a meaningful experience for participants.
  • The mission and approach of the agency is consistent with the philosophy of Messiah College.
  • The assignments provide opportunity for participants to interact with local people (where possible).
  • The agency has a signed Memo of Understanding with Messiah College's Agape Center.
  • The organization can provide strong local coordination and supervision.


Learning Component


Where possible, please include a learning component to your service project. This might include an introduction to the purpose and program of your agency, an introduction to the needs your agency serves, an introduction to the community, or other educational components.




Activities should be organized to begin after 8:00 a.m. and end by 4:00 p.m. We recommend that service projects extend between 3-5 hours.




In the event of rain or inclement weather, Service Day will be held on a later date. Please call the Messiah College hotline (717.691.6084) after 6:30am the morning of Service Day to hear if it has been rescheduled, or visit




Transportation will be coordinated by the college and will include College vehicles and private cars of participating volunteers. However, if your organization would like to provide transportation, please indicate that on your registration form.




Please indicate on your registration form whether or not your organization will provide lunch for your volunteer team. If you will not be providing lunch, click "bagged lunch" so that we know to prepare these for your team.




A Team Leader (student or employee) will be assigned to your project. He or she will be in contact with you 2 weeks before Service Day in order to confirm any last minute details and update you on participation, etc. If you have questions before then, please contact the Agape Center at 717.856.1800 x7255 or email us at! Note: On your registration form, you do not need to indicate a Team Leader. Simply fill in "Messiah College" or leave it blank


If you’re interested in receiving information on project registration, please e-mail with the name of your organization and your phone number.


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