Bear Service

Join in on these university-wide and community-wide service opportunities! Citizen Bears dedicated to our Public Affairs Mission are making strides and making a difference everywhere.

What Does Bear Service Look Like?

  • Education - The first goal of a Bear Service Day is for us to learn more about the issue of focus, the community agency/learning partner, and our goals for making a positive difference.
  • Engagement – These are experiential learning opportunities. The more we engage with each other and our neighbors, the more we will learn about ourselves and the expertise in the community.
  • Reflection – Structured reflection encourages us to learn more about ourselves and our communities. Thinking critically about your service experience is a key step toward active citizenship.

Students in Garden

Bear Service Days

These service projects and events are open to the Missouri State community and take place throughout every semester. Take advantage of these opportunities to engage with various agencies around Springfield. Each Bear Service Day has a social issue theme for students to learn more about root causes of societal problems.

Learn about getting involved

Into the Streets

This service Saturday in the Fall semester is a span of about 4 hours dedicate to the Springfield community. Over 300 students come out to participate in various agencies, learn about how to be more engaged, and meet others who also do service.

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MLK Day of Service

Every year on MLK Day instead of having the day off, hundreds of MSU students, faculty and staff make it a day on by giving back to the community. Various agencies host students for the annual event throughout the morning. Be sure to make your day off a day on next year!

Meals A Million


Every year Springfield comes together to package one million meals with Friends Against Hunger. Missouri State has always had a strong presence at this event, and hundreds of students sign up to participate. The event typically occurs late fall semester.

Bear Service Team

The Bear Service Team is a student organization responsible for planning service opportunities for students at Missouri State University. Every year there are many opportunities for students to get involved in service and be engaged in the community. The service team hosts various small projects in conjunction with larger service days. Further they help out and promote community-wide service opportunities such as Meals-A-Million Pack-a-Thon. For more information e-mail

Join the Bear Service Team