Bear With Me Program

The Bear With Me Program allows students to pay parking citations by completing community service hours.

How does it work?

  1. Go to GivePulse or VolunteerOzarks or any recognized volunteer organization in the Springfield area to find a community service opportunity.
  2. Do at least (2) two hours of community service. Community service must be completed within (15) fifteen days of the citation date. 
  3. Complete the Bear With Me Program form and submit by email to or drop it by the Parking office located at 700 E. Elm St. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. 

Is my ticket eligible for this program?

To be eligible for this, your ticket must: 

  • Be issued by Campus Safety.
  • Have a value of $53 or less. 

It cannot be a citation due to illegal parking in a disabled space.

Additional information

A student can only work off one ticket, each semester, during the academic year. The community service hours can only be used for this program.

Previously the program ended when $3,000 in parking citations, of each academic year, were worked off, but due to the generosity of SGA the program has been extended for another $3,000 -  which will now have the program ending at $6,000. 

For any questions or concerns please reach out to Joy Rhodes at 417-836-4853.