Volunteer Programs is one set of programs in the newly created Center for Leadership & Volunteerism. As part of the Office of Student Engagement, the center exists to engage students to fosterexperiential learning opportunities that enhance the Missouri State University public affairs mission. We develop students who are active citizens of enhanced character, sensitive to the needs of community, competent and committed in their ability to contribute to a global society, and civil in their habits of thought speech, and action.
Volunteer Programs offer a series of opportunities including one time service events in the Springfield community, immersion trips, ongoing service experiences, and connections to local community agencies. Students can participate and get involved with any of these opportunities.
We also serve the Springfield community by offering community agencies the ability to reach out to students and bridge the connection between students and community partners. We are committed to the ongoing support and development of the non-profit community in Springfield. Through these agencies, we are able to help address the social issues that affect our community.
Volunteering is just one way you can get involved in the greater community and help contribute to social change. Through volunteer, you are making a larger impact in the community than you can ever imagine.
- Students getting involved with service are helping agencies accomplish their goals.
- Volunteers helps others in times of difficulty, when things just don’t go right.
- Service promotes understanding of diversity including issues of ableism, racism, sexism, and many others.
- Students also gain crucial leadership skills including self-confidence, critical thinking skills, conflict resolution, and desires towards social change.