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November 4, 2013 - Volume 1. Issue 17.
In This Issue
Turkey Trot*
Next to New Shop*
Healing Shawls of Springfield*
Assist Visually Impaired Professor*
Convoy Of Hope*
Harvest on Wheels*
Discovery Garden Montessori School*
Victim Center Advocates*
Omega Health Care Volunteers*
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.
Missouri State is recognized by NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) as one of 50 postsecondary institutions for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.
 *Indicates service counts for scholarship & FSL hours
 Service In Action!
Students volunteered at the Brentwood Library Center.  During their service, students helped organize and clean the library. There are lots of different ways to volunteer in the community! Get involved today and volunteer!
Submit photos of you volunteering in the community and get featured in our weekly newsletter!
Turkey Trot*
Turkey Trot, the 19th annual 5K run/walk hosted on Thanksgiving Day benefits the Springfield Greene-County Park Board scholarship fund, Developmental Center of the Ozarks, and Ozarks Food Harvest. As Turkey Trot has continued to grow, an all time record number of 9,007 participants ran or walked during the 2012 race. In order to insure the success, safety, and continued growth of this event, there is a need for more than 220 volunteers to coordinate this effort. There are numerous volunteer opportunities to assist with this race. 


There are several parking areas available including Jordan Valley Ice Park, street parking, and free parking garages. Please email Abby Glenn, to find specific descriptions of volunteer stations. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer to support Turkey Trot. Please note that some of the volunteer opportunities will be outside and volunteers should dress accordingly. All volunteers must attend a volunteer training workshop on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm at the Springfield Expo Center.


Packet Pickup - Wednesday, November 27: 4 hour shifts 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Timing Chip Collection - Wednesday, November 27: 4 hour shifts 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Foam Turkey Hat Distribution - Thursday, November 28: 2 hour shifts 6:00 am to 8:00 am

Chip Collection - Thursday, November 28: 2.5 hour shifts 7:30 am to 10:00 am


Service Location: Springfield Expo Center located at 635 E St Louis St, Springfield, MO 65806

Contact: Abby Glenn


Phone: 417-864-1332 (work) or 417-988-6461 (work cell)



Next to New Shop*

The Next to New Shop needs help in the front of Shop: waiting on customers, keeping clothing correctly placed on racks by sizes, hanging newly priced clothing, dressing mannequins, making advertising signs for the front windows and in the back of shop: assisting with the acceptance of clothing from consignors, checking that clothing is truly "next to new", describing and tagging clothing, pulling clothing from floor that hasn't sold, readying this clothing for donation. Open 10-4 Monday-Saturday.


Service Location: 416 S. Kimbrough, corner of Kimbrough & Walnut downtown

Contact: Nia Howard, Manager

Phone: 417 862 7708

Healing Shawls of Springfield*

Interested in learning how to knit/crochet and help provide comfort and solace others? Healing Shawls of Springfiled is looking for volunteers to knit/crochet Healing shawls to donate to those in need during trying times. Needs include elderly, babies, and seriously ill at home, in nursing facilities, and in the hospital.


Patterns are simple and easy and we'll be glad to teach you how. Yarn and needles available upon request.

Click here for a flyer.


Contact: Jan Hinsey

Phone: 417-849-5228

Assist Visually Impaired Professor*
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 fall Semester.

If you are able to assist, call Paul at 417.225.8873



Friends Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization focused on feeding the hungry in the United States and worldwide.  Missouri State University had students, faculty, and staff fill over 4,000 volunteer spots to help package meals!


Over the weekend of November 15th - 17th, the community will come together to package these meals.  Every half hour, 100 volunteers will start packaging food.  This will take place in the Springfield Expo Center. Students, faculty, and staff can register to participate in one of the designated Missouri State University spots. More than 3,000 people have already registered and there are less than 1500 spots left, so sign-up ASAP!


REGISTRATION is available at:


 Convoy Of Hope*

If you are in the Springfield, Mo. area, there are volunteer opportunities at Convoy of Hope's headquarters. Join us each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Hands of Hope.  This regular volunteer project gives local volunteers the opportunity to see and work with many of Convoy of Hope's relief loads before they go out. 


Volunteers of all ages and skill levels can help with sorting, packing, counting, labeling and inventory. This is a great opportunity for civic and church groups, and a fun way for students to fulfill their community service hours for school. Children under 12 should be accompanied by a guardian or responsible group leader. 


No pre-registration is required for individuals, but we appreciate being able to plan for large groups in advance. If you have ten or more people coming to help please fill out this form to pre-register prior to your group's arrival.


 Harvest on Wheels*

Harvest on Wheels at the Farmers Market on Republic Road is in need of

volunteers every Saturday morning for 2 hour shifts.

Food insecurity and poor nutrition are facts of life for thousands of Ozarks families, children, and seniors. Harvest on Wheels, Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that collects food donated by generous farmers, gardeners and other caring neighbors and transports it to local hunger relief agencies. You can help provide nutritious food to people in need!

  • Staff the HOW booth at the Farmer's Market of the Ozarks (on Saturday mornings on E. Republic Road next to Houlihan's) and at special events. We collect monetary donations on Saturdays.
  • Join the HOW "Glean Team" at gardens, farms and orchards to pick produce that would otherwise be left in the fields.
  • Organize a HOW collection site or community garden in your neighborhood or at your place of business or place of worship.
  • Pick up and deliver donations from Farmer's Market of the Ozarks and other locations to the Ozarks Food Harvest and local food pantries.

Contact: Nancy Parrish

Phone: 4178407044




Discovery Garden Montessori School*
DGMS Discovery Garden offers an exceptional Montessori education for children 16 onths through lower elementary grades. We are an independent, non-profit and non-sectarian school, and as of the 2013-2014 school year, Discovery Garden is now a Full Membership of the American Montessori Society.


Discovery Garden is looking for volunteers to assist in classroom, housekeeping, and administrative capacities. Volunteer hours are 8:30am-5:30pm, Monday - Friday. All classroom volunteers are required to complete a State of Missouri Background Check at their own expense. Contact Discovery Garden for more details.

Service Location: 1515 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO, 65807

Contact: Camille


Phone: 417-631-4590


Victim Center Advocates*

The Victim Center in Springfield, Missouri, is now accepting applications from community volunteers to assist victims of violent crime and their families.


Victim advocates are on call approximately twice a month, at nights or on weekends and holidays to respond to 864-SAFE hotline phone calls from crime victims or calls from local health-care and law enforcement agencies. Although most calls require only require a telephone response, advocates are also summoned to local hospitals and crime scenes to assist crime victims.


All applicants must be 21 years old and must have use of a car and a telephone

Contact: Paula Tindell

Phone: 417-863-0827 #106



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 



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*

OFHOzarks 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? Help us assemble Weekend Backpacks, build Senior Food Boxes, and inspect and repack food donations!


Weekday Sessions - Monday to Friday - Morning Session: 9am-12pm or

                                Monday to Thursday - 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. Tutors are needed anytime between 3:30 P.M. and 8 P.M. 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 P.M. 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