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.  Below are a list of requests submitted.  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.

National Volunteer Week
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.

For the this year’s National Volunteer Week taking place April 7-11, we will be supporting Boyd Elementary School.

All projects during this week will benefit Boyd.  Projects to be completed during the week include:

  • Power washing the outside of the building
  • Weeding flowers, shrub beds, and raking
  • Planting native flowers in front beds
  • Mount bulletin boards inside of school
  • Paint bike racks
  • Work in the school garden organized through the DIRT program of Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition
  • Other various maintenance projects including working on an outdoor reading area being designed by Drury Architecture students

Times available to volunteer at Boyd to assist with the completion of these projects are:

  • Monday 11-1 & 4-6
  • Tuesdsay 3-5
  • Wednesday 11-3
  • Thursday 2-4 (during this time frame we will be specifically working at the school’s garden)
  • Friday  11-1 & 4-6

Volunteers can sign up for a one hour shift during these time slots listed above, or can sign up for the entire shift.  Volunteers will not know what they will be doing until they arrive at Boyd for their shift, except for the Thursday shift as we will be working in the school’s community garden. You must sign up for your desired shift by noon the day prior. To sign up to volunteer, please email leadership@drury.edu.

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 to work collaboratively in an effort to create positive social change.

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.All service projects focus on the social issues the Springfield Greene County Community Focus Report outlines as being a community “red flag”.

Make a Difference Day
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.  Drury volunteers branch out across Springfield and surrounding areas to immerse themselves in service every fall.  Drury volunteers will be able to learn about service opportunities in Springfield, network with campus and community leaders, and experience the Drury community first-hand.

Check back for more information regarding this year’s date and itinerary.

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.

2014 MLK Day Itinerary:

9:30 MLK March hosted by the NAACP Branch of Springfield starting at the MediaCom Ice Park and ending at the Gillioz Theatre.

10:30-12:30 Service Work at The Kitchen, Inc.

1 Service Work at Henderson Unit Boys and Girls Club

To sign up for any of these projects or to learn more email leadership@drury.edu. You must sign up by Saturday, January 18th at 5 p.m.

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

Drury Volunteer Corps is the student organization devoted to service and active citizenship. 

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:

January 25th
Musgrave Unit Boys and Girls Club youth come to the O’Reilly Family Event Center for the Overflow the O’ event as the Drury Men’s Basketball team battles Maryville at 11.  Limited free tickets are available for Drury students wishing to help host these youth and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

February 18th
Join us from 6:00-8:30 as we work at Convoy of Hope’s Helping Hands event.

March 1st
We will be volunteering at Newborns in Need from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. making blankets, packing baskets, sorting things, etc.  

March 8th
Come volunteer with us at the Dickerson Park Zoo late Saturday afternoon. If interested we will send you the exact time closer to the date.    Performing various maintenance tasks like cleaning and painting. 

March 29th 
Volunteer to cook dinner for families at Ronald McDonald house near Cox South from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

April 14th - 18th
The SNAP Challenge organized by the national food bank, Feeding America, raises the question, how can one consume a healthy, well balanced diet by living off of $4.50 a day for food? $4.50 a day is what is allotted to those who utilize food stamps, the government funded food assistance program.  Share your experience with us to be eligible to receive PRIZES!!! Stories can be shared by emailing leadership@drury.edu or by posting on our Facebook page.  Posts must be made by noon on April 19th.

April 14th – 18th
What do you know about hunger? Interview Series
This interview series will take place across campus. We are hitting the streets, well sidewalks, to hear your thoughts about hunger. We will find out how informed Drury students are in regards to global and local hunger. Students who participate in the interview series will be eligible to receive prizes. Students can participate on the sidewalks of Drury, or by setting up an interview time. Email leadership@drury.edu to set up an interview time.  Outcomes of the interviews will be shared on www.drury.edu/outreach.

April 21st
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Earth Day Project at the Musgrave Unit Boy and Girls Club
Help children decorate their own flower pot and plant seeds in observance of Earth Day. 

April 25th
Shifts are 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Game Room tournament at the Musgrave Unit Boys and Girls Club
Boys and Girls Club kids from all over Southwest Missouri come to Springfield for this annual Game Room Tournament.  Volunteers are needed to judge/score/referee the games to help make this event a success.

April 26th
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Making dinner for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House inside Mercy Hospital.  Ronald McDonald House provides a place for parents to stay while their children are staying in the hospital for extended periods of time.

May 7th
4:30 p.m. – 7: 00 p.m.
Clean up Doling Park with the teenage members of the Musgrave Unit Boys and Girls Club.  Drury volunteers will be helping the teens clean up the park and then will serve the teens dinner.  Dinner is provided to all volunteers.

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.