Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Service Opportunities

Community engagement and service are integral to Drury’s mission and values. Drury’s vision statement states, “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. We want each and every Drury student to have an opportunity to do service during their time here. If you are new to the concept of community service, or if you want to learn more about it, check out our Tips for Volunteering page.

If you are an employee of Drury and would like to participate in a service event, utilize your Community Connection Leave Policy (paid leave for employees to engage in the community).

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    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. We typically have several different projects going on throughout the day. Details for the 2015 President's Day of Service TBA.


    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.

    Spring Events:

    Saturday, Feb 7: Inspired Boutique

    We need 10-15 volunteers per shift to help with sorting donations for the Boutique.

    Shifts: 12pm-2pm & 2pm-4pm (you can always volunteer to do both shifts if you are able)

    Thursday, Mar 12: Ronald McDonald House at Cox South

    We are looking for 10 students to help make and serve dinner for the residents of the House.

    Shift: 5pm-8pm

    Friday, Mar 27: Boys and Girls Club Musgrave Unit

    We will be putting on a game night for the kids. As a volunteer, you may be asked to help supervise the kids, judge the games, and play with them. We need 10-12 volunteers per shift.

    Shifts: 5:30pm-7pm & 7-8:30 (you can always volunteer to do both shifts if you are able)

     

    RSVP required for all Project Panther events. To RSVP or for more information regarding how to get involved with Project Panthers or Drury Volunteer Corps, email leadership@drury.edu.


    National Volunteer Week

    April 12-18, 2015

    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, benefiting 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.


    Drury Volunteer Corps

    Drury Volunteer Corps is a student organization that coordinates service projects and philanthropy events in order to engage the student body with the community. Read more here.

     

  • Volunteers are core to any organization for its success. Drury maintains partnerships for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to volunteer within our community through a variety of organizations. These organizations are an integral part of the Springfield community in which we live and learn. Our partners are many, but most consist of nonprofits, schools and government agencies in which the Drury community serves.

    Nonprofit partners regularly submit requests for volunteers through our office. Below is a list of requests organized by date. Requests can be for an upcoming fundraising event a nonprofit is hosting or for ongoing projects.  If you would like to volunteer at one of these projects, contact the listed volunteer supervisor.


    January | February | March | Ongoing


    Volunteer Opportunities

     


     
    Date of Event: 03/14/2015
    Time: 7am-2pm
    Name of Event: Shamrox Run
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Great Circle
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Volunteers will be needed to work the registration table, hand out bibs, work water/aid stations, hand out medals, etc.
    Helpful Skills for Volunteers: No, this opportunity is available to anyone 13+.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 317 Park Central East, Springfield, MO
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 2.5 mi
    Volunteer Contact Person: Robyn Scefonas
    Daytime Telephone Number: 4175727675
    E-mail Contact: robyn.scefonas@greatcircle.org


     


    Date of Event: 03/25/2015
    Time: 6am - 6pm
    Name of Event: Friendraiser2015
    Agency/Organization Requesting: 88.3 The Wind
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Answering phones, enter data into a computer. There will be 4 hours blocks to answer phones, 6am-10am, 10am - 2pm, 2pm - 6pm. No answering phones on the weekend!
    Helpful Skills for Volunteers: Basic computer knowledge, ability to answer phones and enter data into a computer at the same time.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 2550 S Campbell Ave suite 100 In the Old Town Center next to Lawrence Photos. Across from Ryans Buffet.
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: About 5 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Sue Bowen
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-889-0883
    E-mail Contact: sue@kwnd.com
    Other Comments: Casual dress, no cell phones or purses allowed in the room. If there are any question you can contact Sue.


     

    Date of Event: 03/28/2015
    Time: 7am-10:30am
    Name of Event: Pipkin Pirate Run
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Pipkin Middle School PTSA
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: We are hosting a 5K and 1 Mile Walk fundraiser that is mapped to go through the Drury neighborhood. We would like to have some Drury student volunteers who would be willing to work on the run route cheering for runners/walkers or who would help out at our check in, awards, and food tables. The run will begin at 8am and the walk at 8:10 am. Most of the event will be completed by 10:30 am. We would need volunteers to arrive no later than 7:00 am that morning.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 1215 N Boonville Avenue
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: Walking distance
    Volunteer Contact Person: Hilary Lindsey
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-521-7182
    E-mail Contact: pipkinpiraterun@gmail.com
    Other Comments: There will be a dress like a pirate competition for anyone who runs or walks. It would be great if volunteers would dress the part as well.


     

    Date of Event: 4/25/2015
    Time: Throughout the day
    Name of Event: Springfield Color Run
    Agency/Organization: Equi-Librium Therapy Center
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Equi-Librium Therapy Center is a non profit organization that provides equine assisted therapies to people living with disabilities in Springfield, Missouri. They have been chosen as the local Charity Partner of the Springfield Color Run. As the Charity Partner, ETC will provide the fun loving volunteers for the event. Volunteer opportunities exist during packet registration, packet pick up, and color throwers!
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: Downtown Springfield
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: About 1 mile
    Volunteer Contact Person: Billie Rudminat
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-830-1642
    E-mail Contact: etctherapy@gmail.com
    Other Comments: We are looking for those that like to get a little colorful! You can also sign up via Eventbrite.


     

    Date of Event: Ongoing
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Home for Life Cat Sanctuary
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Some physical labor, dog walking, interaction with potential adopters.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: PetSmart in Springfield, 3500 S. Glenstone
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 5 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Jerry Zimmerman
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-880-6004
    E-mail Contact: jzimy@hotmail.com
    Other Comments: Mobile adoptions are held every Saturday 9-4. Dress according to the outside weather conditions. No meals provided. Must be able to engage with the public.


    Type of Event: Ongoing
    Time: Flexible hours
    Name of Event: Regional Hospice Volunteering
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Regional Hospice
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: We are looking for individuals who are interested in providing companionship to our patients in need, as well as possible respite for their caregivers.
    Helpful Skills for Volunteers: Compassionate individuals who are dependable and can handle working with those who are in the dying process.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 1328 E. Evergreen St. Springfield, MO 65803 Go North on National Ave to E. Evergreen and turn right. Evergreen is the road right before I-44. Regional Hospice is located next the Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH).
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 3 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Rona Amos
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-531-0800
    E-mail Contact: ramos.spr@regional-hospice.com
    Other Comments:Regional Hospice would like for volunteers to look presentable, but it is not necessary to dress formal. Jeans and a nice shirt are acceptable, just no holes. Having a reliable source of transportation is necessary and we do pay our volunteers 50 cents a mile for their time to see our patients, which is round trip from their home to the patient and back.


    Type of Event: Ongoing
    Name of Event: Hospice Volunteers
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Integrity Hospice & Palliative Care
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Volunteers would go to patients home or care facility to vist, play cards, read to patient, music therapy, various activities you can do with patients. Respite time for the caregiver. Sometimes it is just someone sitting to visit with or watch TV with them. Create a Life Story for the family to have when patients passes away. (We have questions to get you started.)
    Helpful Skills for Volunteers: Being a compassionate person who enjoys helping others.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: patients home of skilled facility
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 5-10 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Deann Wilson
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-851-4300
    E-mail Contact: deann.wilson@integrityhc.com
    Other Comments: We can work with any schedule, there is no minimum or maxium requirement or yur volunteer time. I have seven counties that I cover, you can volunteer out of Greene County or possibly a County you live in. I try to keep you within a range that you are comfortable with. Dress Code would be casual.


    Type of Event: Ongoing
    Time: varies- see description
    Name of Event: Integrated Music Therapy Program
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Art Inspired Academy
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: College aged volunteers are needed for the following music therapy groups. These groups are integrated so we are seeking a neuro-typical "friends" to participate along side participants with disabilities. No musical skill is required to participate in any of the groups. Groups start on June 2nd and June 3rd and last 14 weeks.

    Small Adult Group (3-5 individuals) Mondays at 10AM-11AM

    Therapeutic interventions will be presented with focus on developing leisure skills, life enrichment, improved communication and social skills, increasing tolerance to sensory stimulation, as well as other individualized objectives. Participants will be exposed to age appropriate and preferred music, with both active and passive presentations. Instruments utilized will include but not be limited to guitar, keyboard, xylophones, tone chimes, various small percussion, hand drums and wind instruments. Vocal exploration through singing will also be part of the music experience. Individuals in this group will benefit from hand over hand prompts, as well as constant modeling and partnering. Participants will be paired with college-aged volunteers who will be active participants throughout all sessions. Goals and objectives will be developed in conjunction with service coordinators, Art Inspired Academy staff and the board certified music therapists.

    Large Adult Group (6-8 individuals) Mondays at 11:30-12:30 PM

    Therapeutic interventions will be presented with focus on developing leisure skills, life enrichment, development of social skills, improved self-esteem, or other individualized objectives. Participants will be exposed to age appropriate and preferred music, with a focus on active presentations. Experiences will include but not be limited to playing guitar, keyboard, xylophones, tone chimes, various small percussion, hand drums, wind instruments, and dancing. Vocal exploration through singing will also be presented. Individuals in this group will benefit from verbal prompting and modeling. Participants will be paired with college-aged volunteers who will be active participants throughout all sessions. Goals and objectives will be developed in conjunction with service coordinators, Art Inspired Academy staff and the board certified music therapists.

    Performance Group (6-8 adolescents and adults) Tuesdays 11:15-12:15 PM

    Participants in this group will learn to play instruments utilizing non-traditional approaches to music reading. Sessions will be focused on preparing music to perform at regularly scheduled concerts and other community events. Instruments utilized will be guitars, keyboards, chimes, voice, percussion, rhythm instruments, as well as others. Participants should function independently and need minimal support. Through involvement in this group, participants will gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and improved social skills through working in a group environment. Leisure skills will be developed through the learning a variety of music and playing various instruments. Volunteers from the community will also be invited to share their musical skills through participation in this group. Goals and objectives will be developed in conjunction with service coordinators, Art Inspired Academy staff and the board certified music therapists. Large Adolescent Group (6-8 individuals) Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 PM

    Therapeutic interventions will be presented with focus on developing social skills, cognitive skills, self-esteem, communication skills, motor skills, or other skills identified as a need to be addressed. Participants will be exposed to age appropriate and preferred music, with a focus on active presentations. Experiences will include but not be limited to playing guitar, keyboard, xylophones, tone chimes, various small percussion, hand drums, wind instruments, and dancing. Vocal exploration through singing will also be presented. Individuals in this group will benefit from verbal prompting and modeling. Participants will be paired with college-aged volunteers who will be active “buddies” throughout all sessions. Goals and objectives will be developed in conjunction with service coordinators, Art Inspired Academy staff and the board certified music therapists.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: No
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: Congregational Hall on the Drury University Campus
    Volunteer Contact Person: Kelly Shiflett
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-839-6865
    E-mail Contact: kelly@abilitiesfirst.net
    Other Comments: All volunteers will consent to a background check. This will be paid for by Abilities First. All groups will start on June 2 or June 3rd and will last for 14 weeks.


    Type of Event: Ongoing
    Time: Every Wednesday from 9:30-4:30
    Name of Event: Food Pantry Distribution
    Agency/Organization Requesting: The Salvation Army
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description:Our food pantry distributes food to over 100 families every week. This program is completely ran by volunteers. Volunteers fill grocery bags with the appropriate amount of food, and then hand the grocery bags to the families in need.
    Helpful Skills for Volunteers:Volunteers should be comfortable working with diverse populations.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event:1707 West Chestnut Expressway Springfield, MO 65802
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury:5 miles
    Daytime Telephone Number: (417) 862-5509
    Other Comments:Volunteers should dress in an appropriate manner for performing manual labor. Closed toe shoes are required. No drug or alcohol references on clothing.


    Type of Event: Ongoing
    Time: Between 7:30-4:00
    Name of Event: Dayspring Christian School
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Dayspring Christian School
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Tutoring students kindergarten through 12th grade. Elementary subjects include phonics, reading, spelling, math, and handwriting. Middle school and high school subjects include Algebra I & II, English, Science, History, and Chemistry.
    Helpful Skills for Volunteers: Knowledge in the subject the tutor is assisting the students with. The ability to communicate with kids. Over all, enjoys working with kids and supporting them in their academic growth.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 2157 N. Prospect Springfield, MO 65803
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 10 minutes
    Volunteer Contact Person: Sherri or Kelly
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-869-6095
    E-mail Contact: sherri.reaves@yahoo.com
    Other Comments: We are flexible with schedules. Tutoring will be scheduled between 7:30-4:00 Monday through Fridays. You may call to set up an interview.


    Type of Event: Ongoing
    Time: Varies
    Name of Event: Because of YOU, someone will eat!
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Ozarks Food Harvest
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Annually, volunteers help Ozarks Food Harvest distribute more than 10 million meals across the Ozarks. Generous volunteers like YOU keep food donations moving through The Food Bank and into the hands of families, children and seniors. One volunteer session helps The Food Bank provide more than 300 meals for our neighbors in need. Whether you can give a few hours monthly or commit to a weekly schedule, your gift of time helps Transform Hunger into Hope for children, families and seniors. OFH Volunteer Center Weekday Sessions: Tuesday–Friday: 9 am - 12 pm or Tuesday-Thursday: 1 - 4 pm. Weekday volunteers process thousands of pounds of food donations each week for distribution. These “Sort & Repack” projects involve sorting like items, checking expiration dates & package integrity and repacking for distribution. Projects are scheduled according to The Food Bank's incoming donations and distribution needs. Volunteers must be ages 14+. Please inquire about opportunities for younger volunteers! OFH Volunteer Center Evening & Weekend Opportunities: Tuesday and Thursday Evening: 6 - 9 pm (up to 20 volunteers per session) Saturday: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 – 4 pm (Up to 40 volunteers per session) In addition to donation inspection, volunteers assist with assembly of Weekend Backpacks for at risk elementary students (more than 6,000 distributed monthly) or Senior Food Boxes for low income seniors (more than 2,000 distributed monthly). Projects are planned based upon distribution needs; OFH cannot accept request for specific projects. Crimson House Distribution: 2nd and 4th Tuesday between 10:30 – 5:00 pm Volunteers are needed to assist with food distribution near Commercial Street twice a month. Volunteers help unload delivery truck, assemble donation boxes and assist clients with donations. This is an important distribution for our community. Volunteers willing to set a recurring schedule are a great help to ensuring all clients seeking assistance are served. Groups and individuals are welcome. View a complete list of volunteer opportunities, apply and self-schedule online at ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer. Together we can Transforming Hunger into Hope!
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 2810 N. Cedarbrook
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 5 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Jo Thompson
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-865-3411
    E-mail Contact: jothompson@ozarksfoodharvest.org
    Other Comments:The Volunteer Center entrance is on the north side of the facility. Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes.


    Type of Event: Ongoing (Mondays)
    Name of Event: Safari Bowlers of Springfield, MO
    Agency/Organization Requesting: volunteers, helpers, and blind, visually impaired, and sighted bowlers
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description:Volunteers and helpers needed. There are several blind and visually impaired residents living in the Springfield area. There is not very many fun activities for these people. This is why we have the Safari Bowlers of Springfield, MO. We need all the help that we can get from the community and business’s. Safari Bowlers of Springfield, MO is in need of volunteers for various needs, including drivers to and from the Holiday Lanes Bowling Alley, and helpers during bowling for the blind. If you would like to be part of this fabulous league, (Monday nights 5pm-8:30pm), we also are in desperate need of sponsors to help with portable rails and t-shirts. Please contact Becky Barber at 417-207-1835 or Blanch Burrell at 417-569-8645
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 1111 W Kearney st Springfield,MO
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: less than 10 minutes
    Volunteer Contact Person: Becky Barber
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-207-1835
    E-mail Contact: becky51261@aol.com
    Other Comments:Dress code is casual. On Monday nights we need volunteers to pick up those who needs rides to and from Holiday Lanes at 1111 W Kearney St. Springfield, MO. People must be at the alley by 4:30pm and leave at 8:30pm. We also need helpers to assist the totally blind to the lane and line them up to bowl. We are a none profit organization. We need sponsors and donations for rails and T shirts. There will be 3 officers to supervise and no training needed. The distance is less than 10 minutes away.


    Start Date of Event:Ongoing
    Time: 9:00am-8:30pm
    Name of Event: CoxHealth Auxiliary Gift Shop Volunteer
    Agency/Organization Requesting: CoxHealth Auxiliary Gift Shop
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: This is a volunteer retail sales position in the Auxiliary Gift Shop. The Gift Shop is the primary fundraiser for the Auxiliary. In this retail environment, you will ring up sales, assist customers, deliver flowers, stock shelves and merchandise. This is also a great place for our customers to escape from the hospital for just a few minutes and shop somewhere fun.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 3801 S National Ave located on the corner of S National Avenue and Primrose
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 5 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Ginger Taylor
    Daytime Telephone Number: 269-4172
    E-mail Contact: ginger.taylor@coxhealth.com
    Other Comments:Volunteers work a four hour shift weekly. Normally it is the same shift and ongoing. Prior to starting in the shop, you will interview with a recruiter to discuss the specifics of the volunteer position. Afterwards, there is a required orientation that details company procedures, followed by specialized training. Dress is business casual with including a polo, vest, or jacket provided by the Gift Shop.


    Start Date of Event: Ongoing
    Time: 9-12 or 1-4 pm
    Name of Event: Food Rescue
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Ozarks Food Harvest
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Ozarks Food Harvest serves 20,000 individuals across Southwest Missouri each week. Donations have increased! We need your help to keep the food moving to those in need. Groups and individuals welcome. Sort & Repack Weekday Sessions Monday – Friday (just added!): Morning Session: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Monday – Thursday: Afternoon Session: 1-4 p.m. More than 40,000 meals are processed by weekday volunteers each week. Inspection involves checking expiration dates, package integrity and packing for distribution. 15 spots available per session for ages 14+. Evening & Weekend Sessions Tuesday & Thursday 6 to 9 pm | Saturday 9 am – 12 or 1 – 4 pm Volunteers are needed to assemble Weekend Backpacks for at-risk elementary students and build Senior Food Boxes for low income seniors. 20 volunteer spots available per session for volunteers ages 14+. Please note, projects are scheduled based upon distribution needs and may vary. Please inquire about larger groups.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 2810 N Cedarbrook, Springfield MO Northern Springfield off of Kearney between Glenstone and HWY 65. Map available at www.ozarksfoodharevest.org
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 5 miles, approx. 15 minutes
    Volunteer Contact Person: Jennifer Sickinger
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-865-3411
    E-mail Contact: jsickinger@ozarksfoodharvest.org
    Other Comments:Volunteer must schedule in advance - ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer or call 417.865.3411 ext 114. Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes for all projects.


    Start Date of Event: Ongoing
    Time: 4 hrs/month
    Name of Event: Website Content Manager
    Agency/Organization Requesting: SingleMomzRock
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description:
    Local community outreach for single moms needing assistance with our Wordpress.org website content and upkeep, including providing some minor training on how to best maintain our website. Examples of what we are needing: keeping content fresh and developing new ideas to do so, updating pages when necessary, creating new forms for registration for our events, uploading pics, etc. We are needing to find this support on a volunteer basis, as we are still in the developing stages of our organization. This position is anticipated to require an average of 4 hours per month.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: No
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: Work from home
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: n/a
    Volunteer Contact Person: Janelle Reed
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-483-3479
    E-mail Contact: janelle@singlemomzrock.com
    Other Comments: Will meet monthly to go over what needs to happen for the website for that month but other than that this is a work at your own pace in your own environment.


    Start Date of Event: Ongoing
    Time: Overnight
    Name of Event: Safe to Sleep, Overnight Women's Shelter
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Safe to Sleep
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: We need approximately 50 volunteers a month (2 every night) as overnight volunteers at the homeless shelter to insure safety for all. Volunteers arrive at 7 pm (6 on weekends), provide light snack, assist the guests as needed, and one volunteer remains awake at all times. Breakfast is served in the morning, the guests clean up and the van arrives by 7:30 AM to return them to their daily routine. Volunteers leave when the last van leaves. College students are especially good at this because they often stay up late. Those quiet overnight hours are a good time to complete class/research assignments. They also gain a lot of volunteer hours in a short space of time.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: Pathways United Methodist Church
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 2 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Glenna Meyers
    Daytime Telephone Number: (417)724-1497
    E-mail Contact: hwm9465@aol.com
    Other Comments: We require a $10 state background check for all volunteers.


    Type of Event: Ongoing
    Name of Event: Tutoring Program
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Volunteer Tutors
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: We are currently seeking volunteer tutors to provide educational support for children in foster care. Once matched, tutors provide tutoring and mentoring once a week in a public setting. Our urgent needs are for Elementary and Middle School reading, writing, and math as well as advanced High School subjects. Volunteers tutors will only be expected to teach subject levels they are comfortable with.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: Ambassadors for Children, 500 W. Battlefield Ave. Ste B. Springfield, MO 65807. Near the corner of Campbell and Battlefield behind Burger King.
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 7 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Denee Fay
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-708-0565
    E-mail Contact: dfay@ccozarks.org
    Other Comments:Tutors must be at least 18-years old and willing to make a 6-month commitment. Tutors must complete a one-hour training. At that time, tutors will meet with their student once per week at a local library, school or Ambassadors for Children Office.


    Start Date of Event: Ongoing
    Time: Varies
    Name of Event: CoxHealth Volunteers
    Agency/Organization Requesting: CoxHealth
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Tutors are needed in the English, Science, and Math labs.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: Cox North 1423 N. Jefferson
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 0.83 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Pat Long
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-269-3169
    E-mail Contact: pat.long@coxhealth.com
    Other Comments:Volunteers need to fill out an application on line at:https://home2.coxhealth.com/volunteer/form.aspx They will schedule an interview with Pat Long. Volunteers must be able to pass a background check.


    Name of Event: Direct Food Distribution - Crimson House
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Ozarks Food Harvest
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Crimson House Commodity Distribution* Ongoing need: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm or 12:45 – 5:00 pm OFH relies heavily on volunteer help to serve more than 150 families seeking food assistance at each Crimson House distribution. Groups and individuals are welcome. Recurring schedules greatly appreciated. Flexibility in scheduled times available. On the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday volunteers assist with a direct food distribution at site near Commercial Street. Volunteers unload truck, assemble boxes and assist clients with donations. Must be able to stand for long periods of time, lift up to 30+ pounds and maintain confidentiality. Volunteer attendance greatly impacts OFH’s ability to serve clients seeking assistance, please schedule only if you are certain you can attend.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: Crimson House - 1615 N. Robberson. 1 block south of Commercial and one block north of Division
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: .75 mile, less than 5 minutes
    Volunteer Contact Person: Jennifer Sickinger
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-865-3411
    E-mail Contact: jsickinger@ozarksfoodharvest.org
    Other Comments:Submit an application and self-schedule online at ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer. Volunteers must schedule in advance. Close toed shoes are required for all volunteer projects.


    Start Date of Event: Ongoing
    Name of Event: Reality Enrichment and Life Lessions
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Ozark Area Community Action Corp (OACAC)
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: REALL is a simulation focused mainly on high school or middle school to show the differences between right choices and wrong choices. They have to earn a living, pay rent, utilities and buy groceries. Please see a full description on OACAC web site under Simulations.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: different schools
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: different schools
    Volunteer Contact Person: Susan Thomas
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-447-0554
    E-mail Contact: gcfrontdesk@oacac-caa.org
    Other Comments: Dress code is casual. You will be working directly with the partcipants.


    Date of Event: Ongoing Monday-Saturdays
    Time: 8:30am-6:00pm
    Name of Event: Habitat for Humanity of Springfield - ReStore
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Habitat for Humanity of Springfield
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Volunteers assist in the ReStore with day-to-day operations. Volunteer positions include Customer Service Assistant, Donations Assistant, ReCycling Center Assistant, and more. Our volunteers help guarantee that Habitat for Humanity of Springfield brings in enough funds through the ReStore to be able to fully fund 2-4 homes per year.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: No
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 2410 S Scenic Ave Springfield, MO 65807 Just south of Nathanael Greene Park and directly across the street from Horton Smith Golf Course
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 5.5 Miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Tommy Hawkins
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-829.4001
    E-mail Contact: tommyhawkins@habitatspringfieldmo.org
    Other Comments:This is a great opportunity to help out the community and an extremely easy way to complete hours for classes or scholarships. Sign up today!


    Date of Event: Ongoing August-May
    Time: Varies
    Name of Event: Peer- to -Peer Interaction
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Community Partership
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Speaking to and working with Middle and High school students about Substance Abuse,drugs/relationships.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 330 N Jefferson Springfield Mo 65806
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 1 mile or less
    Volunteer Contact Person: Erica Manahan
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-888-2020
    E-mail Contact: emanahan@communitypartnership.org


    Type of Event: Ongoing
    Time: Varies
    Name of Event: Assisting the Aging
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Southwest Missouri Office On Aging
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: We are able to take individual and teams of volunteers for a variety of services. Students can direct contact with the seniors we serve or can assist in a number of fields: event planning and execution, nutrition and fall prevention seminars, human resource experience, health care field experience, finance and accounting experience, etc.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: 1735 S. Fort Ave. Springfield, MO South on Jefferson to Sunshine. Sunshine west to Fort.
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: Four miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Alex Cobb
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-868-9520
    E-mail Contact: alexc@swmoa.com
    Other Comments:The dress code, types of activities, training and supervision will all depend on the interests and commitments of the student(s) involved. We offer real-life experiences and the opportunity to make a real difference.


    Date of Event: Ongoing
    Name of Event: Broadway Food Pantry
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Broadway UMC
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: This is PRN volunteer opportunity. Groups or individuals may come and help stock, distribute, etc. during the week Mon-Thurs. Call ahead to make sure there is work. Will have events as well that are TBA that we might need a larger group.
    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No
    Will Training Be Provided: Yes
    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes
    Location of Event: Broadway UMC - 545 S. Broadway, Springfield. At the corner of Broadway and Mt. Vernon. Take Chestnut to Grant, south on Grant, west on Mt. Vernon.
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 2.5 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Pastor Mark Hansche
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-848-9866
    E-mail Contact: JMHansche@gmail.com
    Other Comments: This would be great for someone with a busy schedule that needs to log some volunteer hours.


    Date of Event: Ongoing
    Time: Between the hours of 8:30am-5:30pm, M-F
    Name of Event: Montessori School Volunteer
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Discovery Garden Montessori School
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Volunteers are needed to assist teachers with lessons and activities, to do light office work, and to assist with materials preparation.
    Location of Event: 1515 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO, 65804
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 2.5 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Camille DeLaurier, Office Assistant
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-631-4590
    E-mail Contact: camille@dgmontessori.org
    Other Comments: Discovery Garden Montessori School’s mission is to instill a love of learning in every child and to assure a solid grounding in the basics of education that will help them achieve their potential. Montessori philosophy sees children as individuals who are naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully-prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working with our students and learning more about the Montessori method. Preference will be given to Education majors and those who have experience working with children.


    Date of Event: Weekdays
    Time: During School-Day Hours
    Name of Event: Junior Achievement (classroom volunteers)
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Junior Achievement of Southwest Missouri
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Junior Achievement volunteers provide our curriculum in classrooms of students from kindergarten through 12th grade. These typically go for 5 (or 7) sessions, depending on the grade level, or can be done in one full-day "blitz." We provide the training, curriculum materials and match you with a teacher requesting a volunteer. Currently we have needs for the remainder of the fall semester, as well as the spring semester. You can go to http://www.jamvi.org/form/volunteer-application and register as a new volunteer if you are interested.
    Location of Event: Elementary and middle schools throughout Springfield, Greene County and Christian County, have made requests for classroom volunteers.
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: Variable (transportation is required)
    Volunteer Contact Person: Linda Harvey-Yates
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-827-8460 (cell)
    E-mail Contact: lharveyyates@jastl.org
    Other Comments:Business casual dress code. This is a great volunteer opportunity for college students who are diligent, professional, self-starters who are looking for volunteer opportunities working with children, in the classroom, or who have an interest in any number of business fields (entrepreneurship, finance, economics, real estate, marketing, management, planning, etc.).


    Organization / Agency: Access Hospice Care
    Describe upcoming and/or new tasks/projects that student volunteers are needed to work on: Volunteer duties are ongoing and may include: sitting with patients, providing comfort and support to patient families, running errands or shopping for patients or families, light house keeping or yard work, reading to patients, creating crafts for patients, and many other opportunities that may occur.
    What is your organization/agency mission: Access Hospice Care provides symptom control and support for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease, so they may live as fully and as comfortably as possible.
    Best Days and Times to Volunteer: Mon. through Fri. during days and evenings
    Primary Contact Person: David Wilson
    Title: Volunteer Coordinator
    Primary Contact Number: 417-332-3510
    Primary Contact Email Address: richard.wilson@lhcgroup.com
    Secondary Contact Person: Carolyn Brayfield
    Title: Administrator
    Primary Contact Number: 417-332-3510
    Primary Contact Email Address: (not specified)
    Best way for student to contact organization/agency: phone
    Website Address: www.lhcgroup.com
    Physical Office Location: 1440 State HWY 248, Suite D Branson, MO 65616
    Volunteer Training Required: Yes


    Date of Event: Ongoing
    Time: Various Sessions
    Name of Event: Sort & Repack
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Ozarks Food Harvest - The Food Bank
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Volunteers are key to Ozarks Food Harvest's distribution! Each week, volunteers process thousands of pounds of food for our neighbors in need. We need YOUR help. Learn more and sign up at ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer. Schedule your session today! *Monday through Thursday* Morning Session: 9 am-12 pm Afternoon Session: 1 4 pm Tuesday and Thursday Evenings: 6-9 pm Saturday Morning: 9 am-12 pm Saturday Afternoon: 1-4 pm Please schedule sessions in advance. Individuals and groups are welcome! OFH is happy to help students with community service requirements. Call today - 417.865-3411 ext 114
    Location of Event: 2810 N Cedarbrook, Springfield, MO 65803
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 4 miles - 10 minutes
    Volunteer Contact Person: Jennifer Sickinger
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-865-3411
    E-mail Contact: jsickinger@ozarksfoodharvest.org
    Other Comments:All Volunteers are required to wear close toed shoes. Training is provided at the beginning of session.


    Date of Event: Ongoing
    Time: you set your own schedule
    Name of Event: Monthly Hospice Patient Visits
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Three Rivers Hospice
    Event/Volunteer Activity Description:We are looking for volunteers over 18 who can provide companionship, letter writing, running short errands, reading to patients or assisting with light household chores or light meal preparation. The committment requires transportation, valid car registration and a clean background check. Duties would also require a one hour monthly training and one to two hours a month with a patient.
    Location of Event:
    Springfield area
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 1-15 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Gail Feil
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-988-3722
    E-mail Contact: marketwest@3rivershospice.com
    Other Comments:Training requires about 3 hours that could be spread out over a month. We are excited to hear from you!


    Date: Ongoing
    Time: 3:00 to 5:00
    Name of Event:  Training for REALL Simulation events
    Agency/Organization:  Ozarks Area Community Action Agency
    Description: REALL Simulations are where youth are given life situations that involve both negative situations and positive situations and asked to make decisions on how they would react.  The youth participating then get to draw conclusions on how choices affect outcomes.  The September 11th training is for all volunteers wishing to help run these simulations.
    Location of Event: 215 South Barnes Springfield, MO
    Approximate Distance from Drury:  5 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Melannie Frater
    Day-time Telephone Number: 417-447-0554 ext. 104
    E-mail: mfrater@oacac-caa.org


    Organization / Agency: American Red Cross
    Time: Ongoing

    Description: We have a constant need for blood. Hosting a blood drive on campus would be one of the first projects needed.
    What is your organization/agency mission: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
    Best Days and Times to Volunteer: Mon-Fri
    Primary Contact Person: Andy Havens
    Title: Donor Recruitment Representative
    Primary Contact Number: 417-860-2074
    Primary Contact Email Address: andy.havens@redcross.org
    Best way for student to contact organization/agency: phone
    Website Address: www.redcross.org
    Physical Office Location: 313 East Battlefield, Suite B, Springfield, MO 65807
    Distance from Drury: 5 - 10 miles


    Organization/Agency: Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, a Great Circle agency
    What is your organization/agency mission: The mission of Great Circle is to reshape vulnerable lives through a community of partners, teachers and leaders, giving children and families the confidence to create bright futures.
    Primary Contact Person: Andrea Masterson, Advancement Manager
    Primary Contact Number: 417-572-7674
    Primary Contact Email Address: Andrea.Masterson@Great-Circle.org
    Website Address: http://www.bgtm.org/aboutus/springfieldcampus.htm
    Mailing Address: 1212 Lombard Springfield, MO 65806
    Distance from Drury: 2 - 5 miles
    Volunteer Training Required: Yes


    Date of Event:Continuing
    Time: Times Vary

    Name of Event: Volunteer Needs
    Agency/Organization Requesting: Harmony House

    Event/Volunteer Activity Description:

    Kitchen Volunteer
    The kitchen assistant helps staff with meal preparation, serving, dishes and cleaning. Supervisor: Full Time Cook and Part Time Cook Responsibilities:

    • Assist the cook with meal preparation
    • Wash dishes as needed for meals
    • Help the cook with maintaining an organized pantry
    • Help with keeping food preparation and serving areas clean
    • Sweep and mop kitchen and dining area as needed
    • Taking out trash from dining room and kitchen area as needed

    Qualifications: No qualifications except for a willingness to help and be supportive of our residents.


    Maintenance Volunteer
    The maintenance assistant helps the Building Coordinator with building repair and upkeep. Supervisor: Bill Armstrong, Building Coordinator Responsibilities:

    • Assist with maintenance of buildings
    • Assist with maintaining the grounds of the agency

    Qualifications: The maintenance assistant needs to have some skill with tools and repair work or a willingness to learn.


     

    Donations Volunteer
    The donations assistant helps make sure that donors are welcomed and thanked for their generosity while helping to keep donations area organized and clean. Supervisor: Andrea Smith, Donations Coordinator Responsibilities:

    • Assist the Donations Coordinator with receiving and sorting incoming donations
    • Making sure that all incoming donations are recorded via tax receipt filled out by donor or one filled out by volunteer for anonymous donation
    • Help with stocking and keeping donations area clean
    • Help clients who come to shop in boutique area of donations
    • Also possibly assist with picking up donations
    • And other duties as assigned

    Qualifications: No qualifications except for a willingness to help and be supportive of our residents by creating a clean and welcoming environment.


    Shelter Volunteer
    The shelter assistant helps to create a welcoming environment for the women and children of our shelter. Supervisor:Advocate Office Staff Responsibilities:

    • Assist the Advocate Office staff with keeping the shelter clean
    • Sweeping and Mopping hallways
    • Cleaning public areas of the shelter
    • Cleaning empty rooms as needed per Advocate Office staff requests
    • Staging empty rooms to create a welcoming environment for incoming new residents
    • Other duties as assigned pertaining to the shelter
    • Collect and take out trash from public areas

    Qualifications: No qualifications except for a willingness to help and be supportive of our residents by creating a clean and welcoming environment.

    Location of Event: 519 E. Cherry St., Springfield, MO. 65806
    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 2 miles
    Volunteer Contact Person: Lisa C. Keene
    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-837-7700 ext. 237
    E-mail Contact: lisak@myharmonyhouse.org

  • When planning a service project, it is important to remember that what you get out of the experience directly relates to the work you put into planning. Consider following these steps to help you plan a service project that benefits you and the community.

    1. Consider the following questions: Why are you wanting or needing to perform this service? Is there a particular social issue that interests you? Do you have a particular skill you can offer?

    2. Research nonprofit directories to find a nonprofit that best matches your interests. To view a list of nonprofit agencies that regularly accept volunteers visit the Springfield Greene County Library’s directory of nonprofits, The Directory. This resource allows you to search by subject or keywords. United Way’s website 2-1-1 Help can also aid in this process.

    3. Contact the volunteer coordinator or a similar representative from the nonprofit to discuss volunteer opportunities that match your interests and talents. Talk about expectations and build a relationship that will allow for continual communication.

    4. Take time to understand the mission and services of the nonprofit you will be working with.

    5. Consider time commitments. Do not agree to a commitment that you cannot complete.

    6. Before beginning your service work at your selected nonprofit, make sure the nonprofit has submitted the necessary forms for accepting a Drury volunteer. These forms can be found here. The nonprofit you will be working with should have an updated Community Partnership Form filed in our office. For questions regarding whether or not the nonprofit you desire working with has submitted these forms, contact us.

    7. Complete Drury’s Release of Liability Form prior to volunteering and submit to our office in FSC 117.

    8. Track your service hours using our online form. If you submit your hours, our office will track this information so you may use it for resume purposes, awards, and scholarships. We also use this information to let the larger community know our impact.

    9. Remain in contact with the appropriate representative from the nonprofit you are working with to discuss how things are going. This experience is a reciprocal relationship where both parties should be benefiting from the partnership.

    10. Here are additional tips on getting the most out of your volunteer experience.

    11. Set up a one-on-one consultation with the Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development: 417-873-6803 or leadership@drury.edu.
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