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Agapé Center

Agapé Center

“Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”



Spring Break Service Trip

March 14th - 22nd, 2015 (Full Trips) | March 14th - 17th, 2015 (Partial Trips)

Allentown, PA, Bronx, NY, Charlotte, NC (Full Trips) | Philadelphia, PA, Brooklyn, NY, Carmel, NY (Partial Trips)

Never been on a service trip before but interested in going on one? Been on one and can't wait to go for another service trip? Look no further, the Agape Center Service Trips are back! Serve in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina for only $30/$50!

Leader Application (deadline 2/26)

Participant Application (deadline 3/2)

If you've have any questions, concerns or would like to know more, please contact

Upcoming Events

Liberty in North Korea Event

sponsored by Human Rights Awareness

March 4th, 2015

Frey 110, 7-8PM 

On Wednesday, March 4th, representatives from the group Liberty in North Korea will be coming to speak about the injustices happening in North Korea, what they are doing to help and how Messiah students can get involved. They are also launching an exciting new campaign that allows students to send messages of hope to the North Korean people. Appetizers will be available as well as LINK merchandise (100% goes to the LINK mission). Click here to learn more.

Salt & Light Chapel

March 12th, 2015

Hostetter, 9:45AM


Barnabas Award

This award, in association with the Barney II and Moore Foundations is named after Barnabas, a servant leader in the Bible. It serves as an efficient instrument to the entire educational community through the promotion of the ideals of service that substantially benefits others. This award is made available by the Agape Center and will be given out to one current senior and one current employee at Messiah College.

To submit a nomination, click here. The deadline to submit a nomination is on the 13th of March, 2015.

Click here to learn more about the Barnabas Award!

Internal Grants Program: Applications for 2015-2016 is now open!

This Service-Learning Faculty Grant is designed to encourage faculty to integrate service learning into the curriculum. This grant can be used for the advancement of two purposes: faulty scholarship in the area of service-learning or integration of service learning into existing coursework.

The deadline for proposals for internal grants are due on the 24th of March, 2015 at 8 AM.

To learn more about Internal Grants click here.


Messiah College was one of the 240 U.S. colleges and universities, selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

Read more about this classification here.

Messiah College was one of 766 higher education institutions that was recognized with national distinction on the 2013 and 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Find out more about the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll here.

Read the 2014 press release here.

Together for Tomorrow is an initiative focused on increasing student achievement in struggling schools. Our local initiate is a collaboration between Messiah College and Downey Elementary School.

For more information to learn how to get involved, please check out our blog or see our brochure.

Click here to see our video.

In 2012, The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced Together for Tomorrow, a new initiative to spotlight existing and spur new community engagement in turning around persistently low-performing schools. Messiah College was one of 31 organizations honored as a winner of the "Together for Tomorrow" initiative.

Find out about "Together for Tomorrow" here.

The White House launched the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge to invite institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith cooperation and community service programming on campus.

Learn more about Messiah's involvement in The President's Interfaith & Community Service Campus Challenge.


What is service-learning &

Why is it important

Read more here