Volunteer Opportunities

Our office gets many volunteer requests from nonprofit organizations on a weekly basis. We want to ensure that Drury students have the ability to be informed about all of these service events and have the opportunity to do service during their time here if they so desire. If you want to volunteer, you can now join our Volunteer Listserv and be emailed about all service opportunities that come through our office.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Deliver Christmas Baskets to Families
Help deliver Christmas food baskets to families. You will receive 5 families and their baskets all within the same zip code. Deliveries will be made between 9-12. Meet at 700 W. Chase St to pick up names and baskets.
Dec 16, 2017 9:00 am
Victory Mission Donation Center-Sorting
Come help out in the day to day functions of the mission. Help sort clothes, food and mics items that get donated to be given away or sold in the Victory Vintage Thrift Store.
Dec 18, 2017 8:00 am
Morning Shift Food Pantry
Help stock pantry shelves, bag groceries for families and interact with clients! A great way to minister to people in need
Dec 18, 2017 8:30 am
Victory Vintage Thrift Store Volunteer
Come take part at the Victory Vintage Thrift Store by helping to sort items, create displays, price merchandise and connect with customers! This is a great way to get involved on any level! Good for groups or individuals
Dec 18, 2017 9:00 am
Dream Center Food Pantry
Crosslines Food Pantry at Springfield Dream Center. During this volunteer opportunity you will assist our customers within the food pantry helping bag items. This is a child friendly (12 and up) opportunity!We also have additional food pantry hours every…
Dec 18, 2017 9:50 am
Food Pantry Stocker and Bagger
Victory Mission provides emergency food assistance to individuals and families throughout the year. Each week almost 250 bags of food are handed out. Be a part of this by signing up to come and help stock shelves and bag groceries.
Dec 18, 2017 1:00 pm
Banana Bread Project
Dust off your cooking skills and join our cooks in making mass amounts of banana bread to hand out in our food pantry and our evening dinners.No experience is necessary, must bring a cap or hair net. Gloves and aprons will be provided. Lots of prepping…
Dec 18, 2017 2:00 pm
Heart of the Westside Community Programming
Every Monday night, at York Elementary School (in the gymnasium), we serve a community dinner to our Heart of the Westside neighbors and have community driven development program. We need volunteers to help us serve dinner, assist with childcare, and…
Dec 18, 2017 5:00 pm
Robberson Community Northwest Project Programming
Thanks so much for choosing to volunteer with us! We are excited to have you join us! Every Tuesday evening, we serve our Robberson neighbors through community dinner and Northwest Project programming education at Robberson Community School (1100 E…
Dec 19, 2017 4:30 pm
Serve Lunch for Senior Citizens
Once a month, a luncheon is held at Victory Mission for Senior Citizens to provide a nutritious meal as well as fellowship and community. Come be a blessing to these men and women by serving lunch and engaging in hearing their stories. You will be provided…
Dec 21, 2017 10:30 am
Grant Beach Community Programming
Every Thursday night, we serve a community dinner to our Grant Beach neighbors and have community driven development program. We need volunteers to help us make and serve dinner, assist with childcare, prepare groceries, and general cleanup. Volunteers…
Dec 21, 2017 4:30 pm
Parent Cafe
Provide childcare assistance for Parent Cafe. Meet in the Library building. The building on the Northwest side of the property. Contact is Kristina Wilmoth 417-895-8298kristina.wilmoth@gmail.com
Jan 3, 2018 5:30 pm
Hands of Hope
Hands of Hope is Convoy of Hope's weekly volunteer opportunity at the Convoy of Hope Warehouse.   What to expect:You'll enter through the volunteer entrance at the Convoy of Hope Warehouse and be greeted by our fantastic team of lead volunteers.  Your…
Jan 16, 2018 6:30 pm
Hands of Hope
Hands of Hope is Convoy of Hope's weekly volunteer opportunity at the Convoy of Hope Warehouse.   What to expect:You'll enter through the volunteer entrance at the Convoy of Hope Warehouse and be greeted by our fantastic team of lead volunteers.  Your…
Jul 10, 2018 6:30 pm
Addressing Dangerous Buildings and Enforcing Unkempt Property Code
Over the past two years, significant progress has been made in code enforcement related to dangerous buildings and unkempt properties. In 2016, the City was successful in obtaining passage of a revised Code 74, and currently the enforcement staff is processing…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Addressing Unhealthy, Unsafe Rental Properties
Working with the West Central Neighborhood and Zone Blitz partners, the City has developed a “Safe Housing Inspection Pilot Program” to inspect the interior of structures to ensure that a minimum standard of life safety standard is created and expected…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Analyzing the ability to add WiFi to Parks
The City will convene a subcommittee to evaluate the cost and feasibility of this request, specifically in Doling Park. Status: Planning phase Timeframe: TBD Scope: Doling Park Cost: TBD Want to help? Contact Cora Scott at cscott@springfieldmo…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Considering the Feasibility of a Mobile Food Market 
Research current best practices for mobile food market, identify costs of launching project and identify potential donors and/or business partners Status: Planning phase Timeframe: TBD Scope: Zone 1 Cost: TBD Want to help? Contact Cora Scott at cscott@springfieldmo…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Coordinating Community Gardens Within Zone 1
Springfield Community Gardens has multiple gardens throughout the community and especially in Council Zone 1. These gardens serve as a key connector for neighborhoods, families and individuals around food. They provide the opportunity to grow food, learn…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Coordinating Zone-Wide Community Health Fairs & Screenings
Project coordinators are developing a plan for offering zone-wide events that include health fairs & screenings; mobile job fairs and other technical training provide by partners, such as the Library district and Springfield Public Schools. These can…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Creating Extracurricular Opportunities
The opportunity gap for children growing up in poverty is widening and one of the most dramatic examples of this is the limited access to extracurricular activities in which increasing costs continue to play a factor. This project aims to narrow that…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Developing and Recruiting for a Job Skills Mentoring/Empowerment Program
The Civic Engagement and Communication Teams will help with the referral process into Circles, a life skills development program that is currently housed at The Fairbanks. Status: In Progress Timeframe: TBD Scope: Grant Beach – The Fairbanks Cost: TBD Want…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Expanding and Adding Neighborhood Cleanups
The City has traditionally funded annual or semiannual cleanups in which used appliances, other large items and/or leaves and brush will either be transported to a central location within the neighborhood or left at the curb to be removed by paid haulers…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Expanding and Promoting Public Wi-Fi Access
This project investigates the possibility of offering incentives to local businesses that provide publicly accessible Internet access and to encourage local businesses and ISPs to partner with each other to make it affordable to do so and that the City…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Expanding availability of Springfield-Greene County Library hotspots to Zone 1 patrons
This project will expand the Springfield-Greene County Library district pilot project currently underway in which they are partnering with local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide wireless hotspots to library card holders. BackgroundThe Library…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Expanding Digital Access to Zone 1 Students
Assist the Springfield Public School System with IGNiTE, a districtwide initiative that ensures equity of access to mobile technology for students and teachers. In 2015-2016, 18 schools received mobile devices and training. The three-year initiative provides…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Expanding Participation in Annual Landlord Training
For many years, the City of Springfield and Community Partnership have collaborated to offer a Landlord Training each year. This training is designed for landlords and property managers of single-family homes, duplexes and triplexes in order to create…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Expanding Springfield-Greene County Library District Computer Edge Training
The EDGE is a 12-computer hands-on training lab adjacent to an open area used for laptop training and tutorials at the Midtown Carnegie Branch, located in Zone 1. The EDGE is also home to a 3D printer and a media lab which are available by appointment…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Expanding the Community Health Advocate Program
As a result of several neighborhood and health assessments, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s (SGCHD) Community Health Advocate program began in the Weller neighborhood during the summer of 2014. The program is focused on assessing blood…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Expanding Weatherization and Energy Assistance
The benefits of weatherization begin with reducing the energy bills of recipients for a long period of time. Some measures, such as insulating walls or roofs, for example, can provide savings for the lifetime of a house—30 years or more. Other measures…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Finding Affordable Internet Service for Hovey House
Hovey House is a bungalow house, located at 800 W. Hovey, on the edge of Grant Beach Park. It serves as a central hub of activity for programs offered through the Grant Beach Neighborhood Association. Since it opened in 2005, scores of events have taken…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Folding Letters
Help the Mission by coming an volunteering to fold letters being sent to donors. Great way to engage with the community as well! This is an open opportunity with the offices being open from 8:30-4 Monday-Friday.
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Improving Communication through Social Media
Social media has proven to be a powerful tool in connecting residents with each other and with vital services. The Springfield Police Department (SPD). Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram provide a broad-based (i.e., city-wide) method of communication…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Installing Neighborhood Cameras
Portable Observation Devices can be purchased by neighborhood associations or local business partners, installed when and where problems are occurring, and access provided to SPD officers and/or neighborhood volunteers to help deter and detect criminal…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Offering and Promoting Additional Financial Literacy Training 
Community Partnership of the Ozarks currently offers a variety of financial literacy classes, which need promotion and/or expansion. They include: The CASH Basic Budgeting Series is a free four-week basic budgeting program that is interactive and fun…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Offering and Promoting Apprenticeships 
As the baby boomer segment of the population prepares to retire over the next five to ten years, it is estimated that 40 percent of current tradespeople will need to be replaced. This is expected to create many opportunities for young people to enter…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Offering Block Watch
The SPD has created a smaller-sized version of the traditional Neighborhood Watch program. This initiative enables residents in a neighborhood that has not been able to attain the level of participation needed to implement a full Neighborhood Watch program…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Offering Citizens Alert Patrol
Originally created as an enhancement to existing Neighborhood Watch programs, the Citizens Alert Patrol (CAP) allows Zone 1 residents to volunteers to help patrol their neighborhood and report suspicious activity to the SPD through implementation of a…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Opening a Community Food Resource Center in Zone 1
A food desert exists in Zone 1, particularly in the western edge of the Zone, West of Kansas Expressway. This means that in many areas of the Zone, residents must travel more than 1 mile to obtain groceries. This problem is serious for those without reliable…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Opening a Missouri Job Center - Satellite Location in Zone 1
Currently, Zone 1 residents that rely on public transportation to the Sunshine Street Missouri Job Center must allow nearly two hours for travel time. The Ozark Workforce Development Board has identified a location within Zone 1 in which to open a full-service…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Our Patients need Volunteers like You!
Preferred Hospice is in need of Volunteers! Our Direct Patient Care Volunteers provide companionship to patients receiving palliative care through offering emotional support and comfort. Direct Patient Care Volunteers visit with patients and provide…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Ozarks Regional YMCA
We are looking for volunteers to assist in serving meals at the Fairbanks. We are excited that we will be able to provide dinners 5 night a week and a weekend meal but we need 3-4 volunteers from 4:30-7 each evening. Please join us as we feed those with…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Promoting Low-cost Home Internet Access Programs
Recommend that all local government agencies, schools and libraries help to promote education programs and low-cost Internet access opportunities that are already available in the community, and that they also consider offering surplus computer equipment…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Providing Legal Advice for Zone 1 Tenants
Tenants sometimes find themselves in unfortunate predicaments that leave them needing legal advice. Zone Blitz partners have stepped forward to provide legal services for those needing assistance in housing/rental matters. Help Needed Volunteer lawyers Status: Planning…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Scheduling a Mobile Job Center Route In Zone 1 
The Missouri Job Center has been actively providing job referral and related services in the Zone 1 area through the use of the Mobile Job Center. A schedule will be determined and promoted, alongside other efforts, such as health screenings and educational…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
St Patty's day party at The Gardens Independent
March 17th 4:00-6:00pm I am looking for servers, tear down, clean up, photographers, fun individuals who can hang with the seniors! We will have entertainment and refreshments.
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Victim Center Advocates
As a Volunteer Victim Advocate, you provide victims with support, comfort, and resources during the aftermath of a crime. The Victim Center provides crisis intervention  24-hours a day, 365 days a year. As a Volunteer Victim Advocate your role would…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinics
Be the change that affects us all! Volunteers are need to help prepare taxes for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. 
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Wellness Passport Program
A program to bring together and promote wellness activities offered in Zone 1. Residents who collect a certain number of “stamps” receive an incentive.Help Needed Volunteers; promotion; incentives; printing of material. Status: In Progress Timeframe: TBD Scope: Zone…
Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm

With the implementation of our new GivePulse software for service tracking, we now have the opportunity to house events on there as well. All Drury sponsored and promoted service events can now be found on the GivePulse website. You can simply search for all opportunities in the area or specifically search by nonprofit or organization. Your experience will be enhanced if you are logged into the GivePulse system via your Drury account, and look for events on the Drury page.

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Some Opportunities You Will Find:

  • Project Panthers
  • Campus Wide Service Projects
  • Ongoing Volunteer Requests from Community Partners
  • 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.

  • Campus Wide Service Projects 

    These projects are organized by the Office of Community Outreach in correlation with certain big events or nationally recognized service days. The idea is that a large number of Drury students, faculty, and staff will come together and unite for the common goal of serving the community. RSVPs are required to participate in these service projects.

    Service Plunge

    Every August during New Student Orientation

    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.

    President’s Service Weekend

    Every Fall (October or November)

    President's Service Weekend is a 2-day campus wide service event in honor of President Cloyd's dedication to service and community engagement.

    MLK Day of Service

    Every January on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    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 www.mlkday.gov).

    This year, we are partnering with the NAACP Springfield chapter in their annual Unity March. This is a unique opportunity for students to take what they've learned in the classroom about civic engagement and social justice and go into the streets. In conjunction to the march, we are going to do a collection drive for new socks and non-perishable food items to donate to Home At Last, a program of The Kitchen, Inc which provides support services to veterans in the Ozarks. We are funded for this event through a grant with the Corporation for National & Community Service.

    National Volunteer Week

    Every April

    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.

  • Volunteer Requests from Community Partners

    Volunteers are core to any organization for its success. The following opportunities were submitted by organizations in our community because they are currently in need of volunteers for these ongoing projects. 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 greater Springfield community in which we live and learn.


    Organization: Diaper Bank of the Ozarks

    Project/Volunteer Activity Description: We are looking for volunteers to assist us with Event Planning and Fundraising events as well as assistance to plan an Annual Development Program to ensure that we are sustainable year to year. We are looking for volunteers to join our Development Committee and help plan events, fundraisers and also to help reach out to the community through churches, corporate sponsorships and individual donors. If you have a passion for any of these areas we would love to share more information with you. Hours can be flexible and much work can be done at home. We are looking for the "Outgoing Folk" to spread the word about "Diaper Banks"in our community. We also need those with great organizational skills, the behind the scenes worker, the creative thinker. In fact, if you wish to help us to put Diapers on Babies in Need, we need You and we'll find the place where you can make a difference!

    Specific skills that would be helpful: Marketing and good organizational skills.

    Training Necessary: No

    Volunteer supervision: Yes

    Location: 615 N Glenstone

    Approximate distance from Drury: 2-3 miles

    Contact Person: Jill Bright

    Email: diaperbankoftheozarks@gmail.com

    Phone: 417-848-5049


     Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Missouri

    Project/Volunteer Activity Description: We have many different volunteer opportunities. You can work in a Restore or help out with a build project that we have going on.

    Training Necessary: No

    Location: 2410 S. Scenic

    Approximate distance from Drury: About 5 miles

    Contact Person: Aaron Norrick

    Email: aaron@habitatspringfieldmo.org

    Phone: 417-829-4001


    Organization: Springfield Public Schools--English Language Learners Program at Holland Elementary

    Time: Mondays, 3:45pm-4:45pm

    Project Description: The program consists of weekly after-school tutoring for the English Language Learners at Holland Elementary in South Springfield. We meet on Mondays from 3:45-4:45. Materials and activities are provided. Most students' home language is Spanish. A short orientation will provide more information. 

    Training Necessary: Yes; provided by organization

    Location: Holland Elementary, 2403 S. Holland Ave, Springfield, MO 65807 (please check in at the main office)

    Approximate distance from Drury: 4 miles

    Contact Person: Rachel Love

    Phone: 417-523-4132

    Email: relove@spsmail.org


    Organization: Oxford HealthCare Hospice

    Time: Varies

    Project Description: Volunteer Companion/Friendly Visitor offers two hour twice monthly visits for to a Hospice Family and/or patient. Our Hospice Volunteer Companion may simply just sit and be a good listener, offer to read to the patient and give the primary caregiver a one-two hour break. Often our patient's caregiver may simply just go for a cup of coffee, get their hair cut, grocery shop or to their own doctor's appointment while the Hospice Volunteer visits. Oxford trains and provides all health required health screenings.

    We also have an opening for a Hospice Music Therapy Survey Representative/Volunteer Programs Informative Caller. Our other position available is a Medical Office Assistant to work in the Sunshine office a few hours each week.

    If interested, volunteers may apply online.

    Specific skills that would be helpful: Compassion

    Training Necessary: Yes; provided by organization

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 1550 E Sunshine

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 2-3 miles

    Contact Person: Melissa Pamperien

    Phone: 417-883-7500

    Email: melissa.pamperien@oxfordhealthcare.net

    Other Comments: Scheduling is flexible; we ask that volunteers commit to two semesters


    Organization: The Victim Center

    Time: Varies

    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 s

    ummoned 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


    Convoy of HopeOrganization Requesting: Convoy of Hope

    Time: Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30

    Volunteer Activity Description: Various projects including but not limited to: food packing (pasta, rice, beans), shoe sorting, folding uniforms, grocery bagging, prepping hygiene kits, etc.

    Specific Skills Looking For in Volunteers: No

    Is Training Necessary to Volunteer: No

    Will There Be Volunteer Supervision: Yes

    Location: 330 S Patterson Ave

    Approximate Distance from Drury: 5 miles

    Volunteer Contact Person: Dan Mathews

    Phone: 417-851-4586

    E-mail: dmathews@convoyofhope.org

    Other Comments: Closed-toe shoes and warehouse appropriate clothes are recommended.


    Organization Requesting: Harmony House

    Time: Varies

    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!


    Organization: Home for Life Cat Sanctuary

    Time: Varies; Mobile adoptions are Saturdays from 9am-4pm

    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: 417-733-5068

    E-mail: jzimy@hotmail.com

    Other Comments: Dress according to the outside weather conditions. No meals provided. Must be able to engage with the public.


    Organization: Regional Hospice

    Time: Varies

    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.


    Organization: Integrity Hospice & Palliative Care

    Time: Varies

    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.


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    Organization: Easter Seals Midwest

    Time: Varies

    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!


    Organization: Art Inspired Academy

    Time: Varies

    Name of Program: Integrated Music Therapy Program

    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.


    Organization: Dayspring Christian School

    Time: Between 7:30-4:00

    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.


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    Organization: Ozarks Food Harvest

    Time: Varies

    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. 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.


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    Organization: SingleMomzRock

    Time: 4 hrs/month

    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.


    Organization: Safe to Sleep

    Time: 7pm-7:30am

    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.


    Organization: Ambassadors for Children

    Time: Varies

    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.


    Organization: CoxHealth

    Time: Varies

    Volunteer Activity Description: Tutors are needed in the English, Science, and Math labs. Volunteers need to fill out an application online. After that, they will need to schedule an interview. Volunteers must be able to pass a background check.

    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


    Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Springfield

    Time: Mondays-Saturdays, 8:30am-6:00pm

    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!


    Organization: Southwest Missouri Office On Aging

    Time: Varies

    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.


    Organization: Discovery Garden Montessori School

    Time: Between 8:30am-5:30pm, M-F

    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.

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.