Spark Change

You want to change the world. We want to help you.

You may have heard that Mount Saint Mary College has a vision of service. What does that mean? Well, it means that we enjoying serving our community and teaching our students how to use their skills to help others. At the Mount, we believe every profession can be a helping profession, and we instill these values in our very driven and passionate students.

Here's a glimpse of what giving back looks like at the Mount:


With a stuffed monkey as their patient, Kimberly Durso of Brooklyn, N.Y. (left) and Meghan McGinn of Breezy Point, N.Y. (center) teach a young patron of Marlboro Free Library the basics of blood pressure.In the classroom

You need to practice your skills. The community needs help. It just makes sense to bring them together!

So as part of their training, Mount Accounting students can volunteer as tax preparers for local families in need. Education students help coordinate a literacy program at the community center. Nursing majors run fuzzy friend clinics to help children feel less afraid of doctors and nurses. Science students hold family science activities to get kids interested in STEM fields. And Business majors work with nonprofits on marketing materials and business plans.

You don't have to wait until graduation to start making a difference.

Read more about service learning at the Mount →


On and off the field

Through the Knights in the Community program, our student athletes are empowered to be leaders and mentors. They lead by example both on and off the field: holding campus-wide diaper drives (netting more than 3,000 diapers), hosting Special Olympics teams and Boy and Girl Scout troops for training and camaraderie, and volunteering their time at food banks and community clean-ups.

Read more of these Knights in the Community stories →

Mount athletes help train Special Olympics athletes


In our free time

A thanksgiving celebration with Big Brothers Big SistersAlmost 1/3 of Mount student organizations are focused on service, with most of the remaining clubs also offering service elements in their activities and programming. Our students constantly impress us with their drive and passion for helping others even with their free time!

That's why you'll find Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors at St. Mary's Church before classes on a Friday morning, helping to sort food for the local food pantry. If you stop by Newburgh Boys and Girls Club, you will probably encounter our HEOP students helping students to decorate cards for the holidays. Swing by the Knight Spot on campus to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner and mentoring with the college's chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. And when you go to visit your releative at the nursing home, make sure you check out our Aging United students helping the residents with craft projects.

This service initiative isn't just an institutional concept. It's a lived experience, day in and day out, that is embraced and inspired by our incredibly generous students.

Explore our 30+ student organizations →


study abroad new Zealand students hikingAt home and abroad

While we are deeply invested in our local community, the Mount's service extends far beyond our campus. For example, the college's Habitat for Humanity chapter will often take an alternative spring break to help build homes throughout the United States. Some students have even chosen to serve abroad, such as members of the MedLife group on campus who have traveled to foreign countries and set up basic healthcare clinics.

Part of Professor Doug Robinson's recent New Zealand study abroad experience involved hands-on consveration work in the country with his students, clearing bushes and working to rescue endangered species in the region.

Wherever they go, Mount students are sure to help.

Read more about service abroad in New Zealand →


Beyond graduation

After spending four years in a community dedicated to service, it's no wonder so many of our alumni choose to continue this legacy after graduation. With so many students enrolled in majors to prepare them for helping professions, many of our alumni live a life of service daily through their work. Even beyond their occupations though, our alumni are continuing to make a difference wherever they go.

Mount alumni found community organizations to prepare students for college, run companies dedicated to raising money for education in underpriviledged countries, operate housing for low-income families, organize minority leadership groups, and so much more.

Read about alumni who have chosen to give back →


As a community

At the Mount, service is just in our DNA. Everyone, from faculty to staff to students to alumni to families, gets involved.

That's why our Thanksgiving Food Drive and Giving Tree goals are constantly matched or exceeded. That's why our Nursing Student Union Blood Drives are award-winning. That's why our Dominican Scholars of Hope fundraisers for local food pantries and underserved schools in Puerto Rico are so successful.

So at the Mount, the question isn't whether or not you will serve. It's who you'll serve.

Dedicated Mount students, faculty, and staff – including Roger May, assistant director of Campus Ministry (center) – collected more than 650 holiday gifts this season. All of them were donated to Newburgh families.