Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Service Opportunities

We offer 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, our Tips for Volunteering page will give you an idea of what volunteering is all about.

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

 

The Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development adheres to Drury University's Statement of Inclusion which states:

"Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socioeconomic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which “affirms the quality and worth of all peoples” and appreciates the “diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.” Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities."

This policy extends to all volunteer and engaged learning activities. We seek to partner with organizations that provide services to all who seek them regardless of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status. Drury reserves the right to decline partnership opportunities if the University feels this requirement is not fulfilled by the potential partner organization.

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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.

    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.


    Skip To Ongoing Volunteer Needs


    Dates of Events: July 11-12, 18-19

    Time: 11am-3pm

    Organization: Drew Lewis Foundation at The Fairbanks

    Project Description: The Fairbanks campus is under renovations to become a community resource hub for the Grant Beach Neighborhood. Volunteers are needed for building cleanup, painting, neighborhood cleanup and other duties. As a thank you gesture, we will provide all volunteers with free pizza and beverages.

    Specific Skills that would be Helpful: Volunteers should be sensitive to the culture and barriers of those who come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in the Grant Beach Neighborhood. 

    Training Necessary: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 1126 N. Broadway Ave

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 2 miles

    Contact Person: Amy Blansit

    Phone: 417-720-1890

    Email: thefairbanksinfo@gmail.com

    Other Comments: Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Clothing may be ruined in the process. Bring work gloves if you have them.


    Date of Event: July 14

    Time: 5pm

    Organization: Ozarks Literacy Council

    Event: Trivia Night

    Project Description: We need volunteers in a few different areas:

    1. Runners: Will collect answer sheets from trivia teams and take them to the judges after each round.

    2. Mulligans: Will walk through the tables of trivia teams in between rounds selling mulligans.

    3. Registration: Will register team members as they arrive.

    4. Food: Will serve food to team members.

    5. Silent auction: Will help with silent auction and dispersing winning items.

    All volunteers will also help with clean up after the event.

    Training Necessary: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: Ramada Oasis Convention Center
    2546 North Glenstone

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 3 miles

    Contact Person: Kristy Frans

    Phone: 417-616-0505

    Email: coordinator@ozarksliteracy.org

    Other Comments: If possible, please wear a red shirt so that we are able to identify volunteers easily. Casual attire is suitable. 


    Date of Event: 7/16

    Time: 1:30pm

    Organization: Ozark Area Community Action Corp

    Project Description: A simulation where teens are given the opportunity to experience the difference between living a proactive versus reactive lifestyle. The teens will be coming from the AO Youth Program. Volunteers will facilitate the simulation for teens by manning booths and giving directions.

    Training Necessary: Yes; provided by organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: Missouri Career Center on East Sunshine

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 5 miles

    Contact Person: Susan Thomas

    Phone: 417-447-0554

    Email: gcfrontdesk@oacac-caa.org

    Other Comments: Casual dress code


    Dates of Service:
    8/3-8/7

    Organization Requesting: Queen City Rock Camp

    Project Description: Queen City Rock Camp (QCRC) is a week-long day camp for girls ages 8 to 18 in Springfield, Missouri. The mission of Queen City Rock Camp is to provide a safe and supportive environment where young women can work together to build self confidence through music. Missouri's Queen City is the ideal place for an all-girls rock camp thanks to its exceptional local music scene and supportive, creative community.

    Training Necessary: Yes; provided by organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Background Check Required: Yes; not covered by organization

    Location: Drury University Campus

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 0

    Contact Person: Hannah Sheehan

    Phone: 417-6552753

    Email: queencityrockcamp@gmail.com

    Other Comments: Previous camp counseling, CPR/First Aid certification and/or conflict mediation experience is helpful, but not necessary. Those volunteering for instrument instruction should be proficient on the instrument, but for general volunteers no music instrument experience is necessary.


    Dates of Events: August 8-9, 15-16

    Time: 11am-3pm

    Organization: Drew Lewis Foundation at The Fairbanks

    Project Description: The Fairbanks campus is under renovations to become a community resource hub for the Grant Beach Neighborhood. Volunteers are needed for building cleanup, painting, neighborhood cleanup and other duties. As a thank you gesture, we will provide all volunteers with free pizza and beverages.

    Specific Skills that would be Helpful: Volunteers should be sensitive to the culture and barriers of those who come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in the Grant Beach Neighborhood. 

    Training Necessary: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 1126 N. Broadway Ave

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 2 miles

    Contact Person: Amy Blansit

    Phone: 417-720-1890

    Email: thefairbanksinfo@gmail.com

    Other Comments: Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Clothing may be ruined in the process. Bring work gloves if you have them.


    Dates of Events: September 12-13, 19-20

    Time: 11am-3pm

    Organization: Drew Lewis Foundation at The Fairbanks

    Project Description: The Fairbanks campus is under renovations to become a community resource hub for the Grant Beach Neighborhood. Volunteers are needed for building cleanup, painting, neighborhood cleanup and other duties. As a thank you gesture, we will provide all volunteers with free pizza and beverages.

    Specific Skills that would be Helpful: Volunteers should be sensitive to the culture and barriers of those who come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in the Grant Beach Neighborhood. 

    Training Necessary: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 1126 N. Broadway Ave

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 2 miles

    Contact Person: Amy Blansit

    Phone: 417-720-1890

    Email: thefairbanksinfo@gmail.com

    Other Comments: Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Clothing may be ruined in the process. Bring work gloves if you have them.


    Date of Event: October 24

    Time: 7:30am-11:30am (may be broken into shifts)

    Organization: American Cancer Society

    Event: 7th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Southwest Missouri

    Project Description: Looking for volunteers to help with: water stops, route guidance, cheerleaders, set-up, clean-up, food, etc.

    Training Necessary: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: Hammons Field Promenade, 955 E Trafficway

    Approximate Distance from Drury: Walking distance (.5 mile)

    Contact Person: Kelly Risby

    Phone: 417-447-1487

    Email: kelly.risby@cancer.org

    Other Comments: Casual dress code


    Date of Event: Ongoing

    Organization: The Victim Center

    Project Description: The Victim Center is now accepting applications from people who like to assist victims of violent and sexual crimes and their families.

    The Victim Center's Volunteer Victim Advocates are on call approximately two to three times a month, at nights, holidays, and weekends and respond to people who call the 864-SAFE crisis line. Calls are received from crime victims or local healthcare and law enforcement agencies. Although many calls require only require a telephone response, advocates are also summoned to area hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and crime scenes to assist crime victims. Advocates choose their own shifts and attend monthly volunteer victim advocate meetings and trainings.

    The Victim Center is a United Way non-profit agency that offers counseling and advocacy services to child, adolescent, and adult victims of violent and sexual crimes. All genders and all ages are served. Crisis intervention, assistance with emergency ex parte orders of protections, referrals, and other services are provided through the 24-hour crisis line. Comprehensive education programs to prevent violent crimes are also available and are extended to area schools, businesses, and community organizations.

    Specific Skills that would be Helpful: Caring, dependable, and responsible person.
    Must be at least 21 years old or close to it.
    Must have access to a car.
    Must have a phone.
    Must attend trainings and monthly volunteer victim advocate meetings.
    Must take two to three call time shifts a month.

    Training Necessary: Yes; provided by the organization. Only three trainings are offered a year. Our biggest, and best training, is scheduled the night of October 2nd and the day of October 3rd. The other trainings are offered in January and in May.

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Are background checks required? Yes, background checks and reference checks are required prior to training.

    Location: 819 Boonville

    Approximate Distance from Drury: The Victim Center is 1 mile or less from Drury, but volunteer work is done from home, local hospitals, crime scenes, and/or law enforcement agency buildings.

    Contact Person: Paula Tindell

    Phone: 417-720-1890

    Email: ptindell@thevictimCenter.org


    Date of Event: Ongoing

    Organization Requesting: Diaper Bank of the Ozarks

    Volunteer Activity Description: We are planning several fundraising events and events to raise awareness of diaper needs and what the Diaper Bank does in the community. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the committees planning these events.

    Specific Skills Looking For in Volunteers: Knowledge of marketing, good organizational skills, working well with others are a plus.

    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 615 N Glenstone, Springfield 65802

    Approximate Distance from Drury: About 2 miles

    Volunteer Contact Person: Jill Bright

    Phone: 417848-5049

    E-mail: jillbright61@gmail.com


    Date of Event: Ongoing

    Organization Requesting: Harmony House

    Volunteer Activity Description: Ongoing shelter needs

    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 519 E Cherry St

    Approximate Distance from Drury: About 1 mile

    Volunteer Contact Person: Felicia Rose

    Phone: 417-837-7700

    E-mail: feliciar@myharmonyhouse.org

    Other Comments:  Maintenance skills would be nice, but not necessary. We're just looking for a friendly face and a desire to help!


    Date of Event: Ongoing

    Organization: Home for Life Cat Sanctuary

    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Some physical labor, dog walking, interaction with potential adopters.

    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: Yes; provided by organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: PetSmart in Springfield, 3500 S. Glenstone

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 5 miles

    Contact Person: Jerry Zimmerman

    Phone: 417-880-6004

    E-mail: 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

    Organization: Regional Hospice

    Volunteer 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 be provided by organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location of Event: 1328 E. Evergreen St. Springfield, MO 65803

    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 3 miles

    Contact Person: Rona Amos

    Phone: 417-531-0800

    E-mail: 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

    Organization: Integrity Hospice & Palliative Care

    Event/Volunteer Activity Description: Volunteers would go to patients home or care facility to visit, 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 be provided by organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location of Event: Patients' homes

    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 5-10 miles

    Contact Person: Deann Wilson

    Phone: 417-851-4300

    E-mail: deann.wilson@integrityhc.com

    Other Comments: We can work with any schedule, there is no minimum or maximum requirement or your volunteer time. You can volunteer out of Greene County or possibly a different county that you live in. Dress code is casual.


    Date of Event: Ongoing

    Organization: Easter Seals Midwest

    Volunteer Activity Description: Easter Seals Midwest offers housing to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities through our Community Living program. Volunteer groups have the opportunity to participate in an Adopt a Home beautification at one of these homes. Projects typically include outdoor beautification such as laying mulch, planting flowers and raking leaves, and/or interior painting. Projects can also include minor repairs to the home, as well as providing new furnishing or home goods to the home.

    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 1740 South Glenstone Avenue

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 5-10 miles

    Contact Person: Lindsey Willard

    Phone: 314-394-7064

    E-mail: volunteer@esmw.org

    Other Comments:  We welcome groups to volunteer with us!


    Type of Event: Ongoing

    Time: Varies- see description

    Name of Event: Integrated Music Therapy Program

    Organization: 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 There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location of Event: Congregational Hall on the Drury University Campus

    Volunteer Contact Person: Kelly Shiflett

    Phone: 417-839-6865

    E-mail : 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

    Organization: The Salvation Army

    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 be provided by the organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location:1707 West Chestnut Expressway Springfield, MO 65802

    Approximate Distance from Drury:5 miles

    Phone: (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

    Organization: Dayspring Christian School

    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: All training will be provided

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location of Event: 2157 N. Prospect Springfield, MO 65803

    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 10 minutes

    Contact Person: Sherri or Kelly

    Phone: 417-869-6095

    E-mail: 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

    Organization: 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 There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 2810 N. Cedarbrook

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 5 miles

    Contact Person: Jo Thompson

    Phone: 417-865-3411

    E-mail: 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)

    Organization: Safari Bowlers of Springfield, MO

    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, we also are in desperate need of sponsors to help with portable rails and t-shirts.

    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 1111 W Kearney st Springfield,MO

    Approximate Distance from Drury: less than 10 minutes

    Contact Person: Becky Barber

    Daytime Telephone Number: 417-207-1835

    E-mail Contact: becky51261@aol.com

    Other Comments: Dress code is casual


    Start Date of Event: Ongoing

    Time: 4 hrs/month

    Organization: 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.

    Skills Necessary to Volunteer: Proficiency in Wordpress

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location of Event: Work from home

    Contact Person: Janelle Reed

    Phone: 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

    Organization: Safe to Sleep

    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 be provided by organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: Pathways United Methodist Church

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 2 miles

    Contact Person: Glenna Meyers

    Phone: (417)724-1497

    E-mail : hwm9465@aol.com

    Other Comments: We require a $10 state background check for all volunteers.


    Type of Event: Ongoing

    Organization: Ambassadors for Children

    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 be provided by organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 500 W. Battlefield Ave. Ste B. Springfield, MO 65807.

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 7 miles

    Contact Person: Denee Fay

    Phone: 417-708-0565

    E-mail: 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

    Organization: CoxHealth

    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: Cox North 1423 N. Jefferson

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 0.83 miles

    Contact Person: Pat Long

    Phone: 417-269-3169

    E-mail: 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. Volunteers must be able to pass a background check.


    Start Date of Event: Ongoing

    Name of Event: Reality Enrichment and Life Lessions

    Organization: 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 be provided by organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: Different area schools

    Contact Person: Susan Thomas

    Phone: 417-447-0554

    E-mail: gcfrontdesk@oacac-caa.org

    Other Comments: Dress code is casual. You will be working directly with the participants.


    Date of Event: Ongoing Monday-Saturdays

    Time: 8:30am-6:00pm

    Organization: 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 There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location of Event: 2410 S Scenic Ave Springfield, MO 65807

    Event's Approximate Distance from Drury: 5.5 Miles

    Contact Person: Tommy Hawkins

    Phone: 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!


    Type of Event: Ongoing

    Time: Varies

    Name of Event: Assisting the Aging

    Organization: Southwest Missouri Office On Aging

    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 There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location of Event: 1735 S. Fort Ave. Springfield, MO

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 4miles

    Contact Person: Alex Cobb

    Phone: 417-868-9520

    E-mail: 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

    Organization: Broadway UMC

    Volunteer Activity Description: 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 There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: Broadway UMC - 545 S. Broadway, Springfield

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 2.5 miles

    Contact Person: Pastor Mark Hansche

    Phone: 417-848-9866

    E-mail: 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

    Organization: Discovery Garden Montessori School

    Volunteer Activity Description: 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. 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

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 2.5 miles

    Contact Person: Camille DeLaurier, Office Assistant

    Phone: 417-631-4590

    E-mail: camille@dgmontessori.org

    Other Comments: Preference will be given to Education majors and those who have experience working with children.


    Date of Event: Weekdays

    Time: During School-Day Hours

    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.

    Approximate Distance from Drury: Variable (transportation is required)

    Contact Person: Linda Harvey-Yates

    Phone: 417-827-8460 (cell)

    E-mail: 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.).


    Date of Event: Ongoing

    Time: Varies

    Organization: Three Rivers Hospice

    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 commitment 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

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 1-15 miles

    Contact Person: Gail Feil

    Phone: 417-988-3722

    E-mail: 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!

  • 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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