“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

- Unknown

Marymount Manhattan College has a rich history of engaging students in service to the community. Marymount Muscle is our community engagement initiative that provides opportunities for MMC students to volunteer at various community-based organizations located throughout New York City. The primary objective of Marymount Muscle is to provide meaningful community engagement opportunities for all members of the MMC community.

Marymount Muscle Community Engagement, an initiative of Student Development and Activities, supports the mission of the College through co-curricular activities, volunteer opportunities, and alternative break trips. We provide students with learning experiences through engagement with others in the neighborhoods surrounding the College and across New York City.

Do you have a great idea for a community engagement activity and/or a connection to an organization that needs volunteers? We want to hear about it!


Marymount Muscle and Volunteer Opportunities

What is Marymount Muscle?
Marymount Muscle is MMC’s revamped community service program that provides opportunities for MMC students to volunteer at various community based organizations located throughout New York City. The primary objective of Marymount Muscle is to provide meaningful and engaging service related opportunities for all Marymount Manhattan students.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity but not sure where or how to start your search?
Take the first step by reviewing the upcoming Marymount Muscle-sponsored community engagement events. These events are sponsored and led by Student Development and Activities team members.

  • RSOs/Organization representatives, staff and faculty members, department representatives and RAs are invited to register their events as Marymount Muscle Events by completing and submitting a Marymount Muscle Registration Form.
  • For individual community engagement opportunities, look at the volunteer opportunities list that will include SDA vetted, external opportunities.

Get Involved!
There are several events hosted by Student Development and Activities each month which will give students plenty of opportunity to give back to the community and become eligible for their own Marymount Muscle T-Shirt!

Alternative Breaks Programs

On a typical night in Boston, 6,135 people are homeless. As it stands, 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger. Hunger and homelessness are so prevalent in American society that the issues are highlighted in a national week of awareness.

Alternative Winter Break: D.C.
Thursday, January 16 thru Monday, January 20
Issue Area: Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Alternative Spring Break: Boston
Sunday, April 5 thru Thursday, April 9
Issue Area: Hunger and Homelessness

What is an Alternative Breaks Program?
Alternative Breaks Programs are intended to challenge you to reflect critically upon your role in the community through service, activism, inquiry and leadership. Trips provide opportunities to explore social, economic, political and cultural issues through unique immersion experiences that facilitate critical thinking and the exchange of ideas.

What do I need to know before I apply?

  • Participation in an Alternative Spring Break Program requires time, energy, and commitment. Each participant must make a commitment to the duration of the program. Withdrawing at any point could jeopardize the trip for all participants.
  • Each participant must pay a Student Participation Fee to participate. These funds will be used to offset the overall cost of the program including transportation, housing, meals and program fees.

Attend one of the scheduled Information Sessions to gain access to the Application:

  • Monday, September 9 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Cafe Room
  • Friday, September 13 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Regina Peruggi Room
  • Alternative Spring Break 2019

    Puerto Rico

  • Alternative Spring Break 2019

    Puerto Rico