Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Service Events

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. The following are just a sample of the service events that we offer.

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


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.

Fall Semester Events:

September 11-13: Meals A Million

Every year, Friends Against Hunger brings together people from all different backgrounds to pack meals for hungry people all over the world. In three days, we pack over one million meals, and together we make a difference. Located at the Springfield Expo Center.

RSVP required. Register here: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

December 4-5: Victorian Homes Tour

The Midtown Neighborhood Association does this homes tour every winter to raise funds for their community activities. Volunteers will act as docents in the homes while the tour guides go through each house. Be sure to bring your homework, as there may be times for you to study in between tours.

RSVP required. Register by emailing


Fall Semester

Service Plunge

August 17, 2015, 9am

Service Plunge is a single-day project during new student orientation where new students branch out across Springfield to engage in service activities. Through Service Plunge, students will 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 adviser. 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 & President’s Day of Service

October 24, 2015

Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of service. Millions of volunteers around the country unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. At Drury, our Make a Difference Day project is called the President’s Day of Service to honor President Manuel's dedication to service and community engagement. We typically have several different projects going on throughout the day.

Spring Semester

MLK Day of Service

January 18, 2016

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, President Obama's national call to service initiative. It challenges Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems (from

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.

National Volunteer Week

April 10-16, 2016

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

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.