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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.”



J-Term Service Trips 2015

January 29th - February 1st 2015

J-Term Service Trips 2015

Missed going to a service trip over Fall break? Have a heart for service? Want to give back to the community? Well look no further, J-Term Service Trips are here! Serve the community with fellow students at various places like Catholic Charities (Baltimore, MD), God's Clear View (Morrisdale, PA), Steinbruck Center (Washington, D.C.), or World Impact (Newark, NJ) for only $30*!

Leader Applications (due January 14th)
Participant Applications (due January 16th)

*Limited Scholarships available upon request

For more information, please contact Service Trips.

Upcoming Events

Salt & Light Chapel



What is service-learning &

Why is it important

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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.

It's back to school time! Every school year we look forward to celebrating student achievements at Downey Elementary School through our Together for Tomorrow service-learning partnerships

Read our blog or see our brochure for more information on Downey School in Harrisburg

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.

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.

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.


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.