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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.”



International Service Trips | Nicaragua

The Agape Center International Service Trips will be sending out a team to Nicaragua this Summer and they need YOUR help!

The Nicaragua group serves with Food for Hungry, an organization that started working in Nicaragua in response to the devastating earthquake that occurred in 1972. In 1994, Food for Hungry started long-term development work with the poor in multiple areas. With a focus on education, Food for Hungry programs in Nicaragua have helped thousands of children to stay in school to reach their potential. Students will partner with Food for Hungry in the community of Dulce Nombre de Jesus, located on the border of Honduras, approximately 3 hours by car from the capital city of Managua.

Please do help support our team as they work to serve the community in Nicaragua!



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 student and one current employee at Messiah College.

Click here to learn more about the Barnabas Award!

Internal Grants Program

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: faculty scholarship in the area of service-learning or integration of service learning into existing coursework.

Service Learning Internal Grants for 2016-2017 are now available for educators through March 15th at 8 AM through the Office of Faculty Development (Boyer Suite 3008). Electronic submissions to are preferred.

Learn more about the 2016-2017 grant here.

To learn more about Internal Grants click here.


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. Our local initiate is a collaboration between Messiah College and Downey Elementary School.

Find out about "Together for Tomorrow" here

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

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