Bear Service

Shoe Bear

The Stomp Out Hunger campaign will run from Oct. 10 until Oct. 29 – collection sites are located in 40 different locations around campus (PSU 131 is one of them)!  In partnership with Sole Food, Shoeman Water Project, Public Affairs Support, and Friends Against Hunger, this donation drive wil not only provide shoes for those in need, but also nutritious meals and water purification units.

All wearable shoes are welcome!  Shoes for children and adults, flip flops, high heels, sandals, dress shoes, athletic shoes, boots, any and all shoes that are intact!  (Please screen shoes to make sure that there are no holes or cracks in the soles.  Soles must be intact with the uppers of the shoes.)

Donation Locations:

Center for Community Engagement - PSU 131

Siceluff 215

Karls Hall Lobby

Carrington Hall 

Pummill 105

Hill Hall 109

Cheek Hall Lobby

Craig Hall 106

Meyer Library 301

Meyer Library 202-J

Temple 142

Strong 251

Strong 451

Strong 115

O'Reilly Clinic Lobby


University Hall 115

Mary Jo Wynn Academic Advisement Center

Foster Recreation Center Lobby

Alumni Center 6th Floor

Alumni Center 2nd Floor

Juanita K Hammons Hall Lobby

McQueary Hall 100

Professional Building Lobby

Darr Center Lobby

Park Central Office Building Lobby

Greenwood 406


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.

MLK Logo

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