Maltese Mission

March 7–13, 2020

Clarkson College mission work is an opportunity for our community to live out our Values of Learning, Caring, Integrity, Excellence and Commitment and engage in meaningful outreach as we commit to addressing the needs of others. The inaugural Maltese Mission Service Week will kick off with a Day of Caring on March 7 and continue throughout the week with service opportunities throughout the Omaha community.

Learn about each of the opportunities below along with information about how to register to participate. Service events are open to students, faculty, staff and alumni, and participants may sign up for as many activities as you would like. These events are pre-approved for the Community and Service categories for students who have completed the first four modules of their Interprofessional Education (IPE) 301 course.

If you have any questions, please do not contact the organization, but instead direct your questions to Sarah Flanagan or Rachel Pfeifer.

Saturday, March 7

Hands holding hands

2020 Day of Caring: Friends of Tamar Packing Party

When: 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Partner: Magdalene Omaha & Nebraska Episcopal Diocese

The Friends of Tamar is a community of survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and the volunteers who have helped them start a new life, as a ministry of the Episcopal church. Volunteers will work together to pack bags with emergency supplies to be delivered to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in our community. Refreshments will be provided.

Register now.

Monday, March 9

Shirts on hangers

Nearly New Shop

When: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Partner: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

The Nearly New Shop is a not-for-profit, resale and consignment shop which benefits a number of local charities, several outreach programs, and donate to various community needs as an outreach of the Episcopal church. Volunteers will participate in Spring cleaning, painting and/or sorting and organizing clothing items.

Register now.

Wednesday, March 11

Preparing lunch

Downtown Episcopal Outreach (DEO) Lunch

When: 9–11:30 a.m. and/or 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Partner: Trinity Episcopal Church & St. Martha’s Episcopal Church

Every Wednesday, volunteers from Omaha area Episcopal churches prepare a delicious lunch that's open to the public, free of charge. Clarkson students, faculty, staff, and alumni have been invited to take part in this ministry. Volunteers can sign up for one or both shifts, with the early shift involving preparing and cooking lunch, and the later shift involving serving and clean-up.

Register now.

Friday, March 13


The Pantry on Blondo

When: 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: All Saints Episcopal Church
Partner: All Saints Episcopal Church

The Pantry on Blondo, which stocks food and clothing available to anyone who enters the doors, continues to grow and serve the community, and recently celebrated its first full year of operation. Volunteers will be split between stocking and organizing pantry items, and sorting clothing donations. Lunch will be served.

Register now.

Defining Mission Work at Clarkson College

Mission experiences are founded on our Mission statement and the principles of our history and service expectations which, reflecting a holistic view, focus on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate services in health care and the community at large

Our Story

Throughout the history of Clarkson College, no tradition has been more significant than the underlying philosophy of compassion and caring exhibited by our founders, Bishop Robert H. and Meliora Clarkson, who established the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital.

The institution’s devotion to excellence in education began in 1888 when the hospital accepted its first nursing student. Mrs. Clarkson fulfilled the vision of her late husband and guided the hospital to greatness by establishing a training school for nurses, which became the first in the state of Nebraska. By the end of the 20th century, the institution earned a reputation for graduating skilled health care professionals prepared in nursing, radiography, medical imaging, physical therapist assistant, community health, health care business, and health care education and leadership. Service plays a significant role in the history of the College, with generations of Clarkson College students answering the call to a life spent helping others.

The Maltese Cross: Its Significance & History

The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story originated with the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, a charitable organization that existed during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, who became known as the Knights of Hospitallers because of their charity toward the sick and poor in setting up hospices and hospitals.

The eight points of the Cross represent the Beatitudes prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are the poor in spirit, the meek, the pure, the merciful, the peacemakers, they that mourn, they that seek righteousness and they who are persecuted for righteousness sake. These Knights of centuries past were united by a pledge of compassion and courage. It is for these reasons the Maltese Cross was selected as the symbol for Clarkson College. The hope is for the College community members (students, alumni, faculty and staff) to remember the significance of service as they dedicate their lives toward helping others.

Maltese Cross