Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Drury Impact Project

Every year a social issue is identified and promoted throughout the university. Students participate in community service projects and educational programs to raise awareness and make a difference.

The Drury Impact Project social issue for the 2014-2015 year is Conscious Consumerism.

Follow our blog at, where we will post event reviews by students, the calendar of events, and other thought-provoking ruminations about the theme of Conscious Consumerism.

For reoccurring, monthly service activities which support the mission of the Drury Impact Project visit the Project Panthers page.

Spring 2015 Schedule of Events


Advertising + Gender Film Series
Feb 10-11, 6-8pm, Lay Hall Auditorium

Join in watching two films about how mainstream media contribute to stereotypes of masculinity and femininity in the United States. Tuesday is the showing of Tough Guise, which looks into the masculinity side, whereas Wednesday is a showing of Miss Representation, which examines femininity. Dr. Kenny's Women & Gender Studies classes will lead a discussion following each film. Pizza provided.


National Volunteer Week
April 13-18, various times throughout the week

Every year, we celebrate alongside many other institutions and organizations the nationally recognized week of service. This year, our community partners are Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Midtown Neighborhood Association. Keep a look out in your email for more news about how to sign up.

Earth Day & Celebration of Service Extravaganza
April 22, 11am-1pm and 8pm-10pm

We are so thankful for all of the many hours that the Drury community devotes to service. We also want to celebrate National Earth Day, as sustainability is such a big part of the conscious consumerism movement. So, to show our appreciation, we are having a final culminating event dedicated to thanking volunteers and, while we're at it, the Earth too! You can expect activities, great food, giveaways, and music during the 11-1 bazaar, and then from 8-10 that night, we will do a showing of Wall-E and DVC will also provide some yummy snacks.


Fall 2014 Schedule of Events


Consumerism 101: The Story of Stuff
Aug 28, 7pm, FSC Ballroom

In the US, we cannot go a day without seeing or hearing an ad telling us to buy, switch, go, do. The Story of Stuff and The Story of Solutions are two very short films that show how consumerism impacts us and what we can do to change it. Because we can change it. Read more about the Story of Stuff movement here. Snacks and good conversation guaranteed.


Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive benefitting Sole Food
Aug 1-Oct 17

Join Drury University, Missouri State, Ozarks Technical College, Evangel and Southwest Baptist University in making a difference in the global community through the Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive benefiting Sole Food. This is the second year for this event that brings together area colleges to collect used shoes to donate to Sole Food. Sole Food is a local project that partners with and benefits Shoeman Water Projects and Friends Against Hunger to reduce hunger locally and internationally one shoe at a time.

Through Sole Food, one pair of shoes provides three meals, supports job creation in underdeveloped countries, supports clean water initiatives through Shoeman Water Project, and is worn by someone who needs them! Who knew one pair of shoes could do so much? All types of shoes are accepted as long as there are no holes!

To donate, bring your shoes to Findlay Student Center 117 or place them in one of the designated bins located across campus. The deadline to donate shoes is October 17th. To learn how Sole Food turns your donated shoes into resources to help fight hunger, visit their website.


Debate: Is Consumerism A Necessary Evil?
November 18 in Hoblit Suite

This event is an opportunity to have your voice be heard. We will discuss the various perspectives surrounding consumerism and engage in a lively debate about the implications of these perspectives. Moderated by Dr. Ray Patton’s CORE 201 class.


Victory Mission Warehouse Tour
Details TBD

Tour the Victory Mission Warehouse, where they turn donated items into funds supporting local social services. By repurposing items, they keep between 1 and 2 million pounds out of landfills every year! Learn about the many types of products that Victory Mission takes and how each item is repurposed to fund their services.

--Various service projects to be decided upon throughout the Fall semester—

Ongoing DIP Events

Swipe Is Right
Donate a meal to Victory Mission’s homeless shelter by donating a swipe of your meal card. Swipe outside of the Commons during lunch of dinner. Free lanyards to those who donate. Sign up during Soak Up Springfield or by contacting Drury Volunteer Corps.