January 14, 2013

These are the service opportunities featured in this week’s newsletter:

·         Martin Luther King Jr. Service Challenge

·         MSU Community Service Fair

·         The Arc of the Ozarks Hunting and Fishing Expo

·         Junior League’s Annual Pitter Pat 5K,10K and 1-Mile Fun Run

·         MSU & Convoy of Hope Partnership

·         TOMS Club

·         Discovery Garden Montessori School

·         Junior Achievement of Southwest Missouri

·         Immersion Trip Experience

·         Ambassadors for Children

·         Volunteer Needs at Discovery Center


·         Ozarks Food Harvest Volunteer Program

·         Victory Trade School

·         Boys & Girls Club

·         It's Time to Pack Our School Bags!




Martin Luther King Jr. Service Challenge*


On January 21st, 2013 we will be holding our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.  You have the day off from classes, but don’t make it a day off – make it a day on! At the beginning of the program, volunteers will be put into groups and be given a service project. Students will be working with a specific Springfield agency and help out with a task they need completed. Some projects will include: working with Regional Girls Home, Habitat for Humanity, and Ozarks Community Partnerships

Participants will arrive at the Plaster Student Union at 8:30am on January 21st.  There will be a brief opening orientation followed by receiving the challenge for the day.  Participants will have until around 3:30pm to complete their service.  Most sites will end sooner.  When registering you can select what you would be interested in doing!




MSU Community Service Fair


Learn how to make a difference in your community! On February 6th, come to the Plaster Student Union to visit with different community partners Learn about ways to volunteer and address social issues in the community! Over 40 community agencies will be present! The fair will take place on the 1st and 2nd floors of the PSU. If you have any questions email


When: February 6th from 11 AM to 2 PM

Where: PSU 1st and 2nd Floors



The Arc of the Ozarks Hunting and Fishing Expo*


We have a need for volunteers at our upcoming hunting and fishing expo. The show takes place Feb. 23 & 24 at the Springfield Expo Center (not far from campus). We need volunteers to help with such tasks as taking tickets, stamping hands and helping volunteers. We also have an air rifle range where we need volunteers.


Contact: Nate Reed, Special Events Coordinator at The Arc of the Ozarks

Phone: 417-864-7887




Junior League’s Annual Pitter Pat 5k, 10k and 1-mile Fun Run*


The Junior League of Springfield, MO is looking for spirited cheer teams that will motivate racers and reassure them that they are on the right path during the race. The cheer team that is the most spirited (best outfits or theme and has the most spirit during the race) will win $500 cash! 26 cheer teams (groups of 6+ people) are needed to cheer our runners. The theme of the race is a St. Patrick’s Day theme.


Volunteer Pre-Event Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 20th at 6:30 PM. One person from each group is required to attend this meeting at the Junior League of Springfield – Basement Meeting Room.


Where: O’Reilly Family Event Center (Drury University)

When: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 from 7AM to 11AM, Race begins at 8AM

Contact: Mary C. Wood




MSU & Convoy of Hope Partnership


Text BEARS to 50555 to donate $10 to Convoy of Hope Disaster Response

$10.00 donation to Convoy of Hope. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP.

Full Terms:





Do you want to help start a student organization? Do you like shoes? Do you like TOMS shoes? Then come help start the first TOMS club on Missouri State’s campus! The focus of the group would be to raise awareness for TOMS initiatives: one-for-one shoes, eye care, and books.


Contact: Tracy Dalton





Discovery Garden Montessori School*


Discovery Garden Montessori School’s mission is to instill a love of learning in every child and to assure a solid grounding in the basics of education that will help them achieve their potential.  We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working with our students and learning more about the Montessori method.  Duties may include assisting teachers with activities and lessons, office work, or materials preparation. 


When: M-F Anytime Between 8:30 AM - 5:30PM

Where: 1515 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO, 65804

Contact: Camille DeLaurier (Office Assistant)


Phone: 417-631-4590




Junior Achievement of Southwest Missouri*


Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success, with in-classroom curriculum (provided by volunteers) in business, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, planning and zoning, and other similar areas for students K-12.


Volunteers are needed to provide our curriculum in classrooms of students in K-12 in schools in both Greene and Christian counties. We have opportunities now until the end of the fall semester, and throughout the spring semester.


Times and dates of service are decided upon by the volunteer and teacher of the classroom you are matched with, after you have registered to become a JA volunteer. Apply at


Contact: Linda Harvey-Yates, District manager


Phone: 417-827-8460







Hurricane Katrina Relief Trip*


Help with recovery work from hurricanes Katrina and Isaac over Spring Break.

We'll have four days of work (30+ service hours), a day of fun, and the beach. Register early to secure your spot and get the best pricing. Registration fee includes travel, lodging, food and the fun day activities.


Price: $225 (register before December 15) or $300 (December 16 - February 1)

Payment Schedule:

Fall Deposit - $50 to register for the trip before 12/15 Winter Deposit - $125 to register after 12/15 January 31 - $100 ($150 or $225 paid total) February 21 - $75 ($225 or $300 paid total)

Register at:


Contact: Matt Kerner




Ambassadors for Children*


Ambassadors for Children is a Service Agency of the Council of Churches. Our mission is to help Green County foster children by giving them brand new clothing, hygiene items, self-esteem building items, Christmas presents, Prom dresses, etc. Our goal is to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect in Springfield by building a child’s self-esteem. Ambassadors for Children is a nonprofit that is completely funded by private grants and donations.


Our programs include: Kid’s Closet, Pack-a-Bag, Tutoring, Project Self-Esteem, Adopt-a-Caseworker, Prom Closet, and the Christmas Program.


Contact: Denée Fay - Assistant Program Coordinator

Address: 500 W. Battlefield, Suite B. Springfield, MO 65807

Phone: 417-708-0565 ext. 203







March 9 - Leave Springfield

March 10 - Arrive Biloxi, MS

March 11-15 - Work (with a fun day)

March 16 - Return to Springfield



Volunteer Needs at Discovery Center*


*We can always use more volunteers on weekends so just let me know what works best for your organization. Please have students contact me to arrange dates and times.*


Contact Info: Alison Pettit - Museum Manager - Discovery Center of Springfield

Where: 438 East St. Louis Street Springfield, MO  65806

Phone: 417-862-9910 ext. 709











Ozarks Food Harvest Volunteer Program*

Did you know that one hour of volunteer time helps The Food Bank provide 105 meals to those in need? Ozarks Food Harvest is the only food bank in southwest Missouri, serving more than 250 nonprofit members across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank reaches more than 20,000 individuals weekly and distributes 12 million pounds of food annually. This would not be possible without generous volunteers like YOU!

Weekday Sessions - Monday to Thursday (Morning Session: 9 am - 12 pm or Afternoon Session: 1 - 4 pm)

Evening and Weekend Sessions (Tuesday Evening: 6 - 9 pm or Saturday: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 – 4 pm)

Schedule your session today! Sign up through OFH’s online Volunteer Center at or contact Jennifer Sickinger at 417.865.3411 ext. 114.



Victory Trade School*


Looking for enthusiastic volunteers to tutor students dedicated to obtaining their GED. The GED program at Victory Trade School is a residential, continuing education program that assists students in acquiring life skills while working towards the completion of their GED. We would greatly appreciate volunteers willing to tutor students in any high school equivalent subjects: Math, Essay Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Reading Comprehension.


When: Year round, Weekdays, study hours from 3:30-6pm (flexible). Open to weekend hours.

Who: Justys Renegado, 417-864-2276,

More Information:



Boys & Girls Club *


Boys & Girls Clubs are in need of tutors during their “Power Hour” from 4:15 to 5:15.  However tutors are needed anytime between 3:30 and 8:00pm Mondays through Fridays.  The typical time commitment is an hour or two a week.  This program emphases through these programs are education and helping members with their homework.


When: Monday to Friday anytime between 3:30 and 8 P.M.

Contact: Cindy Dodson –




It's time to pack our school bags! *


School starts this week! How many backpacks will be sitting by your door ready to go? Two? Three?

Can you imagine packing more than 1,000 each week...or 4,000 every month? In nearly 40 schools in Springfield and surrounding communities, Ozarks Food Harvest helps feed kids in need every weekend of the entire school year thanks to the Weekend Backpack Program.


The Backpack Program is brilliant in its simplicity. Every Friday, the children are given a bag, only instead of books, it's filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food that will keep them going through the weekend.


Tuesday Evenings: 6 - 9 p.m.

Saturday Sessions: 9 a.m. - noon OR 1 - 4 p.m.
More Information:
Weekend Backpack Program



This newsletter highlights various community service opportunities that exist for students to be involved with in Springfield.  Further, we feature service and leadership opportunities in the Center for Leadership & Volunteerism, Bear Blitz Service Days, and other student organization service opportunities that are open to the entire campus.

If you wish to be removed from this newsletter or have something to add please e-mail .

* Indicates Community Opportunities count for scholarship and FSL hours


Tyler McLain
Student Specialist for
Volunteer Programs


Patrick Grayshaw
Assistant Director for Volunteer Programs
Office of Student Engagement








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Springfield, MO 65897

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