Bear Service Days

Bear Service Days are great ways to get involved with the local community and learn more about community engagement and volunteerism.  Our Service Days actively address social issues in our community.  Each Bear Service Day Addresses a specific social issue.  Below are examples of those issues and an ongoing list of Service Days. 

Social Issues 

Homelessness and Hunger


Domestic Violence

Environmental Sustainbility

Civil Rights







Service Days


Below is a frequently updated list of service days.  Please register for a day to reserve a space.  Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and takes place 2 weeks prior to the day.

Stomp Out Hunger - Nov. 11 

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week - Nov. 16-20

                                                                                                    Organizations that are ALWAYS Looking for Volunteers                                                                                              

1. Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club serves children all across Springfield and the United States. It is an after school program. They need volunteers to help them play with the children and interact with them. Every weekday you can volunteer from 3 to 8 pm (Tuesdays they close at 6:30). No need to call or sign up, just show up and say you want to volunteer! If you want to sign up for a future date, you can at their website. Their website, phone number, and address is below (this is the closest club to campus, there are others around Springfield and you can volunteer there too; search their website for other locations closer to you).


Musgrave Unit

720 S. Park Ave

Springfield, MO

Phone Number (417) 869-8211
Website Volunteer Website

2. Ozarks Food Harvest

As the only food bank serving southwest Missouri, Ozarks Food Harvest provides food, supplies, funding, infrastructure grants, training and support to more than just food pantries. The Food Bank’s network include sites serving meals such as community kitchens and organizations that serve specific populations, including at-risk children and seniors, those affected by domestic violence, developmentally disabled individuals and homeless community members. Volunteering usually consists of being part of an assembly line and sorting/packaging food. They constantly have volunteer opportunities each week. In order to volunteer there, however, you must sign up on their website. Their information is located below.


O'Reilly Center for Hunger Relief

2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave.

Springfield, MO 65803

Phone Number (417) 865-3411
Website Volunteer Website

3. Convoy of Hope 

Come volunteer at the World Distribution Center with Convoy of Hope. As a faith-based, nonprofit organization Convoy of Hope has helped more than 70 million people throughout the world by sharing food, water, emergency supplies, agricultural know-how, and opportunities that empower people to live independent lives, free from poverty, disease and hunger. They have volunteer opportunities every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm. It is recommended you arrive at the center no later than 6:15 pm to ensure you get a volunteer opportunity. Each time they have a maximum of 50 volunteers. Their information is located below.


World Distribution Center

330 S. Patterson Ave.

Springfield, MO

Phone Number
(417) 823-8998
Website Volunteer Website