Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing

CoSMo Ministries

Community Service and Ministry Opportunities


An evening program that works with children and adults of the Spanish speaking community to better understand English. You do not have to speak Spanish to participate in this group!

Leader: Noe Burgos & Luis Meza
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm
Where: Salvation Army (carpool from library at 3:45pm)

Columbia Kids

An after school program we are connected with through Columbia Elementary School. MVNU students tutor Columbia Elementary students in homework and build relationships through fun activities.

Leader: Sarah White
When: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
Where: South Vernon United Methodist Church (carpool from Chapel)

Cut & Paste

Works to encourage children to be creative through arts and crafts, and connects the beauty of creativity to Godís creation.

Leaders: Andrea Neuenschwander
When: Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church (downtown Mount Vernon)

Escape Zone

Ministers to the youth of Knox County through homework help and by providing a safe place to hang out on Friday nights.

Leader: Hayden McClain
When: Friday, 6:30-11:00pm
Where: Escape Zone in downtown Mount Vernon (carpool from chapel)


This group provides high school students with a positive influence, encouragement & responsible mentors!

Leader: Rachel Dixon & Briana Colopy
When: TBD
Where: TBD

Learning Zone

A group that works closely with the Salvation Army to tutor school aged children, help raise funds/items through various events & spends time with the people who rely on the Salvation Army.

Leader: Danny Steele
When: Tuesdays, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Salvation Army


Travels to a variety of urban areas throughout the course of the year, and assists established ministries in whatever ways possible.

Leader: Anthony DeMarco & Matt Leach
When: Weekend trips throughout the year
Where: Various locations depending on trip

One Way

Travels to churches and organizations throughout the year to minister through music, drama and social interaction.

Leaders: Phil Lanz, Jacob Brunk, Nicholas DeWalt
When: Weekend trips varying throughout semester
Where: Various Locations throughout semester


Travels to Vernon Ridge Apartment Complex to hang out, read Bible stories, play games, make crafts, and eat PB&J with the children of residents in the complex.

Leader: Maryssa Mast & Katey Wood
When: Tuesdays- meet in chapel lobby @ 3:30pm; at apartments from 4-5 pm return around 5:15pm
Where: Vernon Ridge Apartment Complex


Swahili for "rest". This is our homeless ministry outreach group. Students have the opportunity to go to Winter Sanctuary and visit with men, women and children.

Leader: Emalee Higgs
When: Begins in October/November when weather gets cooler; contact leader
Where: Winter Sanctuary in downtown Mount Vernon


Students Making an Impact in the Lives of the Elderly ministers to the elderly community residing at Country Club through hymns, fellowship and various activities.

Leader: Hannah Slingerland
When: Meets in cafeteria lobby on Sundays at 5:45pm and returns around 7:30 pm
Where: Various nursing homes in Mount Vernon


(Society of Christian Nurses) A group exclusive to Nursing Majors. They coordinate various events throughout the year revolving around the nursing program.

Leader: Melissa Johnson & Stephanie Askea
When: Contact Leaders
Where: Faculty Hall


(Students striving To Reach Individuals with Various Exceptionalities) A group that serves at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center by socializing and doing activities with adult individuals with developmental disabilities.

Leader: Kayla Davies
When: Leaves on Wednesdays at 6:15 pm and returns around 7:30 pm; contact leader for departing location
Where: Mount Vernon Developmental Center


This group meets once a week to knit, crochet, or make other crafts. These items are then donated to various organizations and locations; even other CoSMO groups.

Leaders: Rebecca Chajkowski
When: Mondays, 8:00pm
Where: Central Complex

Traffic Jam

A group determined to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking, locally and globally, by hosting campus events and partnering with local and global organizations.

Leaders: Kristen Halloran & Samantha Goodman
When: Every other Tuesday, 9:00pm
Where: Central Complex

Transition Mission

Reaches out to students with developmental disabilities from Mount Vernon middle and high schools through crafts, fun activities and fellowship.

Leader: Natalija Tyler & Lindsey Robison
When: Thursday mornings during Chapel hour (10:20-11:10am)
Where: PSU lobby


A group that socializes and discusses faith with Mulberry St. UMC church members and community youth on Saturday nights.

Leader: Bethany Lauer
When: Saturday nights-- leave chapel @ 6:30pm; return around 10:00pm
Where: Mulberry St. United Methodist church in downtown Mount Vernon


community service and ministry opportunities

Engage in the community around you. Partner with others to meet needs locally and across the planet.

To get involved and find times and days groups are active:

For more information on CoSMO contact Mackenzie Martin at

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