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June 17, 2013 - Volume 1. Issue 1.
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Distinction In Public Affairs
Campus Garden*
Conservatory of the Ozarks Talent Show*
Omega Health Care Volunteers*
Vision Rehab Center of the Ozarks*
Grant Beach Neighborhood Association Summer Programs*
Assist Visually Impaired MSU Professor*
Good Shepherd Hospice*
Ozarks Food Harvest Volunteer Program*
Boys & Girls Club*
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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.

*Indicates service counts for scholarship & FSL hours
Community Engagement In Action!

NL PicMissouri State students help the community by filling bags of with food at Ozarks Food Harvest!


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Distinction in Public Affairs

The Distinction in Public Affairs program is a leadership program in its fourth year and starts in late September. This program targets sophomores and juniors at MSU who want to enhance their co-curricular experiences to the public affairs mission.


Participants will be placed into small teams of 8-10 students led by one faculty and one staff member to meet periodically throughout the semester on Thursday evenings between 40in to learn and engage together in the three pillars of the public affairs mission. Session dates for the fall are on Thursday's-(specific dates will be confirmed before the end of the semester) and your attendance will be expected at all of the sessions from 40in.


The spring semester will include a hands-on project to implement what the participants have learned and sharing this at the Public Affairs Conference. The participants who complete the Distinction will receive recognition at the STAR Awards program.


If you are interested, please complete this brief application and email it to Marissa LeClaire Weaver, Associate Director of Student Engagement, leadership@missouristate.eduby Friday, September 6th. The first 75 applicants will be accepted into the program.        


Applications can be found at


Marissa LeClaire Weaver | Center for Leadership & Volunteerism - PSU 131

417-836-7615 |


Campus Garden*
The mission of the Campus Garden is to raise awareness of student sustainability initiatives in the Springfield community, to provide students with the opportunity to be involved with and promote student-run organizations, and to promote organic agriculture for the benefit of the students, the university, and the community.


On both Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19, the Campus Garden will be hosting volunteer days to help build our raised garden beds!


The weather has made it difficult to get this process started, but we're looking to capitalize on the recent dry spell and get these beds built! If you aren't interested in lifting bricks, we could always use help in weeding, watering, and general upkeep of the garden.


If you're interested in helping contribute to this service cause, feel free to stop by the Campus Garden


(Behind Gravel Lot 18) between 12 PM and 5 PM on either (or both) days.   


The event will proceed as planned, weather permitting, and updates for this or any garden event, including but not limited to new garden workdays, planting/harvesting days, rainouts, and the like will be posted on the Campus Garden Facebook page, as well as the Campus Garden Twitter page.


Contact: Zach Robinson

Phone: 870-759-0872




Conservatory of the Ozarks Talent Show*
The Missouri Autism Report, in partnership with The Conservatory of the Ozarks will be hosting a Talent show for Autism at Chesterfield Fountation (Lot behind Garbos at 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield. Volunteers are needed on June 29 to help with set up and from 5 to 10 PM to help with collecting money and children's activities. 
Contact: Dayna Busch
Phone: 417-209-0103
Omega Health Care Volunteers*
We are looking for volunteers that would be interested in assisting patients that are currently on hospice.  Volunteers would be asked to be a friend to an older person facing an end of life diagnosis.  There would be no patient care involvement.  As a volunteer, you would play games, read, sing, play an instrument or just visit with a lonely patient.  The only requirement is that the volunteer must have their own transportation but we will reimburse you for mileage expenses. 


Contact: Jennifer Keel - Volunteer Coordinator

Address: Omega Health Care - 2041 S. Stewart Ave Springfield, MO 65804


Phone: 417-886-6995 



Vision Rehab Center of the Ozarks*

Vision Rehab Center of the Ozarks is in need of a volunteer to assist with some PR activities:


Set up Mailchimp account - Write newsletter in Mailchimp -

Prepare Facebook and twitter posts in Hoot Suite


Contact: Wendy R. Jackson - Executive Director - Vision Rehabilitation Center

Phone: 417.831.0555

Address: 1661 W. Elfindale Street Springfield, MO  65807



Grant Beach Neighborhood Association Summer Programs*

Grant Beach is a Neighborhood Association which serves our immediate neighborhood which is centered around Grant Beach Park and includes Weaver, Pipkin MS and Central HS attendance areas. Our goal is to provide activities and support to families in our neighborhood. We do this through many events such as a Pet Show, National Night Out, Teacups and Tiaras, Fall Street Fest, affordable sports leagues, after school clubs, piano lessons, Grant Beach Community Garden, seed swap and much more.   Hovey House, located at 800 W. Hovey, is the center of much that we do. For the past few years we have offered summer programs to area kids in the month of July and that is where we are currently in need of volunteers.


This will be working with kids anywhere from K-12. We are happy to let you plan an activity and carry it out or just be an extra pair of hands! One of the neighborhood volunteers will always be onsite.  A Springfield-Greene County Park Board background check will be required. You can pick one up at Hovey House or access the Volunteer Release Form here


Location: 800 W. Hovey St.

Contact: Darlene Steele

Phone: 417-942-2456



Paul Ajuwon, in the College of Education needs assistance with occasional reading and library research with materials that are not accessible for individuals who are blind.  This service would take place during the week and/or on the weekend depending on the student's schedule. He needs help for the rest of the Spring Semester and Summer.


If you are able to assist, call Paul at 417.225.8873


Good Shepherd Hospice*

Good Shepherd Hospice is a unique care program designed to meet the special needs of terminally ill patients and their families. Good Shepherd Hospice is not a facility; instead we provide services wherever the patient lives-at home or in a long-term-care setting. Hospice helps patients and families cope with the physical, emotional social, financial and spiritual aspects of a terminal illness.


Trained Volunteers--Our program-certified volunteers supplement the care given by our staff, adding yet another dimension to our comprehensive approach. Services include everything from visiting with or reading to patients, to assisting with errands, shopping or picking up meals. We are currently seeking patient care music therapy and art therapy volunteers.


Location: 3250 S National

Contact: Sara Atkinson


Phone: 417 881 9111




Ozarks Food Harvest Volunteer Program*



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! Did you know that one hour of volunteer time helps The Food Bank provide 105 meals to those in need?


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


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.


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 -



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Tyler McLain
Student Specialist for
Volunteer Programs

Patrick Grayshaw
Assistant Director for Volunteer Programs
Office of Student Engagement