Service Opportunities

Community engagement and service are integral to Drury’s mission and values. As per Drury’s vision statement, “Drury will be a premier university where the finest teacher/scholars and professional staff educate students to become engaged, ethical and compassionate citizens for servant leadership in communities characterized by change, complexity and global interdependence.” 

The Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development offers various service events to introduce the Drury community to area nonprofits and social issues.   


Nonprofit Volunteer Requests
Nonprofit partners regularly submit requests for volunteers through our office. Requests can be for an upcoming fundraising event a nonprofit is hosting or for ongoing projects they need help with.  Projects are organized by date. You can find all upcoming nonprofit volunteer requests here.


Volunteer Opportunities organized by Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Tips for Volunteering

Service Plunge
Service Plunge is a single-day project during new student orientation where incoming students branch out across Springfield to engage in service. Through Service Plunge, incoming students will be able to learn about service opportunities in Springfield, network with campus and community leaders, become better acquainted with fellow classmates, as well as learn about a local nonprofit and the community issues they strive to address.

Incoming students are assigned service projects based on their CORE 101 course.  Each CORE 101 class works as a team to finish their service project with their O-Leaders and CORE 101 faculty advisor.  We strive to connect service projects to red flag and blue ribbon issues identified in the Springfield Greene County Community Focus Report .


Make a Difference Day and President’s Day of Service
Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of service.  Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.  At Drury, our Make a Difference Day project is called President’s Day of Service.  Join us on Saturday, October 25 for a day of service.  Please RSVP to leadership@drury.edu by October 20 and include which project(s) you plan to attend.

  • Project 1:  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K ( 8:30am-10:30am)
    – Help along the route and support runners/walkers.

  • Project 2:  Salvation Army (10:30am-12:30pm)
    – At Harbor House: Paint red kettles with Harbor House residents.

  • Project 3: Rutledge-Wilson Farm Fall Fest (Shift 1 10:30am-2:30pm  & Shift 2 2:00pm-6:00pm)
    – Assist with children’s stations

Project Panthers
Project Panthers are monthly community service activities organized by the Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development.

The mission of Project Panthers is to provide easy access to service projects for the entire Drury community, giving opportunities for students to work beside faculty, staff and alumni to address social issues while helping our campus become better connected to itself, its community, and its future

2014 Project Panther Events:

Tuesday, September 23rd  at Ozarks Food Harvest
Ozarks Food Harvest is a local food bank in Springfield that works with hunger relief organizations. During this service project, volunteers will be working in the warehouse sorting food and helping with wherever is needed.  Please wear closed toe shoes for this event. Open to all students.  10-15 volunteers.
What: Volunteering at Ozarks Food Harvest
When: Tuesday, September 23rd 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Ozarks Food Harvest - 2810 N Cedarbrook Ave, Springfield, MO 65803

Saturday, October 11th at Art Inspired
This month we will be volunteering at Art Inspired.  Art Inspired strives to empower individuals with developmental disabilities and we will be serving at their new donations center.  Volunteers will be moving and sorting clothes and donations.  Open to all students. 10-15 volunteers.
What: Volunteering at Art Inspired
When: Saturday October 11th 1:00pm-4:00pm  
Where:  Art Inspired – 310 S. Campbell, Springfield, Mo 65806

Monday, December 1st   at Boys and Girls Club
The Project Panther for this month will be a Holiday Party at the Musgrave Boys &Girls Club.  This is an after-school program that helps youth realize the potential they have in life. Students will be helping throw a holiday party for the kids. This will involve helping kids make a craft, decorate a snack, and play games.  If you enjoy working with kids then this is the service project for you! Open to all students. 5-6 volunteers needed
What: Holiday Party at Musgrave Boys & Girls Club
When: Monday, December 1st 6:15pm-8:00pm
Where: Musgrave Unit 720 S. Park Ave

To sign up for a Project Panther email leadership@drury.edu.

If you are an employee of Drury and would like to participate in a service event, use the Community Connection Leave Policy (paid leave for employees to engage in the community).
Spring dates and times for Project Panthers will be available at a later date.

For more information regarding how to get involved with Project Panthers or Drury Volunteer Corps email leadership@drury.edu.


National Volunteer Week will be April 12-18, 2015. Details are TBA
National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals (from www.handsonnetwork.org).

Drury community members donate their time and expertise throughout this week in April to help area nonprofits fulfill their missions.  Service projects range in size and type, benefitting various nonprofits in the Springfield region.


MLK Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.  The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems (from www.mlkday.gov).

Drury volunteers will branch out across Springfield to immerse themselves in service as a way to learn about our local community first-hand, network with community and campus leaders, learn about service opportunities in Springfield, and celebrate the life and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.