Serving other local needs
Of those Messiah employees who serve:
- 64 percent volunteer in 2-5 different organizations.
- They serve an average of 12 hours per month.
- They volunteer with:
- Community non profits
- Youth sports
- Health/human services
- Mentoring/tutoring programs
- Emergency/first-response agencies
Other local service opportunities
Messiah University students and faculty also serve variety of other local community needs through individual academic departments. A few examples are listed below:
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)—Messiah University Department of Business
The VITA program consists of IRS-certified Messiah students providing free tax preparation services to individual and families with total income of less than $54,000. Messiah University students from the Department of Business, with faculty supervision, will prepare local families’ and individual federal, state and local income tax returns free of charge.
For the 2017 tax season, 19 Messiah students prepared federal, state and local tax returns for 211 taxpayers, which generated over $128,000 in refunds.
Partner Wellness Centers — Messiah University Department of Nursing
The Wellness Centers are nurse-managed practices operated in partnership with the Messiah University Department of Nursing and local community agencies to supplement existing primary care services in the community. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease and injury prevention, risk reduction education and chronic illness monitoring. Messiah University nursing students assist residents with comfort measures for pain management techniques, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, medication management, health and safety screenings, proper diet choices and heart smart nutrition and healthy goal setting.
- Wellness Center at Silver Spring Gardens – Mechanicsburg
- Wellness Center at Green Meadows – Dillsburg
- Wellness Center at Hoy Towers – Steelton