Giving back part of university vision
The Drury University vision statement reads, “…Drury will be a premier university where the finest teacher/scholars and professional staff educate students to become engaged, ethical and compassionate citizens for servant leadership in communities characterized by change, complexity and global interdependence.”
At Drury, students get many chances to fulfill the university vision by becoming a servant leader through the university’s various offices and organizations. By logging their volunteer and service hours through the Community Outreach and Leadership Development office, students have the opportunity to receive credit and recognition for giving back to the community.
According to Courtney Swan, director of leadership and development, the Community Outreach and Leadership development office can inform students on how to give back. “When a student walks in [the office] and they want to do something, and they’re passionate, we try to help them find a community partner so they can pursue what they’re passionate about,” said Swan.
The Community Outreach and Leadership Development Office, Drury Volunteer Corps and Greek chapters have recently scheduled various opportunities for volunteering or events that raise money for local and national nonprofits.
Swan says her office has organized small projects throughout the spring semester that all students can sign-up for. Christine Fish, a student employee with the leadership office, is coordinating the projects. “So far students have expressed a great interest in the projects,” Fish said “So far we have had about 20 students respond plus some Greek organizations.”
In addition to offering service projects, Swan also says Drury will be continuing its shoe drive it started last fall. Competing with other universities in the area, Drury, according to Swan, had one of the largest percentage of shoes donated. “Our goal was to have one pair of shoes for each Drury student, and we surpassed that,” said Swan.
She continues, “We will be doing the Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive again, so if students want to bring shoes back from spring break or just donate at the end of the semester then we will take them,” she said. There will be bins outside of the Community Outreach and Leadership Development office, FSC 117. According to Swan, all types of shoes are welcome and they can be used shoes as long as there are no holes. These shoes get donated to Sole Food and the shoes generate funds for food, clean water projects and job creation in developing countries.
Greek chapters at Drury also have opportunities for students to serve by donating items or money to nonprofits through their annual events. The last Greek philanthropy event, Lambda Chi Alpha’s Quiz Bowl, raised over $1,000 for its local nonprofit partner, the Ozarks Food Harvest. Now Kappa Delta and Pi Beta Phi are preparing to hold their annual philanthropy events, Shamrock the Road 5k and Pie a Pi Phi.
VP of Philanthropy for Pi Beta Phi Lillian Stone explains one of the next Greek events coming up on Wednesday, March 8, Pie a Pi Phi.
“The event supports Pi Beta Phi’s Friendship Fund, which goes to support sisters in need,” Stone said. “Last year we raised over $800, and this year we’d like to raise around $1,000. We have another major philanthropy event coming up in April. We’ll be putting on a dodgeball tournament called Dodge the Arrow to support the Pi Phi Literacy Fund.”
Another student organization, Drury Volunteer Corps, has also announced service projects and events for all students to get involved with. Robert Conway, DVC president added, “Our big event for March is producing care packages for soldiers deployed in Afghanistan. We will be asking students and local businesses to donate items. We will be collecting donations for these care packages throughout the week after our return from spring break, and plan to assemble the packages that following Saturday at noon.”
“I’m always impressed with students because many are here on scholarship, they’re working multiple jobs, sometimes they’re an athlete or they;re involved, and yet they still find time to give back,” said Swan. “It really impresses me with the Drury community.
From the Office of Leadership and Development, DVC and Greek life, The Mirror compiled a list of upcoming projects and events:
Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Shamrock the Road 5k hosted by Kappa Delta. Proceeds go toward Isabel’s House and Prevent Child Abuse America
Saturday, March 8 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Volunteer project at Dickerson Park Zoo.
Tuesday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Volunteer night at Convoy of Hope
Wednesday, March 12: Pie a Pi Phi at FSC.
Week of March 24: Donations for soldier care packages accepted by DVC at the Commons.
Saturday, March 29 from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Cook dinner for families at Ronald McDonald house near Cox South.
Week of April 7: National Volunteer Week. Drury will be partnering with Boyd Elementary School for projects.
Monday, April 14 – Friday, April 18: SNAP Challenge: Spend only $4.50 per day for food and share your story with Office of Leadership and Development via Facebook or email
Monday, April 21 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Earth Day project at the Musgrave Unit Boys and Girls Club.
Tuesday, April 22: Donate $3 and the clothes off your back during Nearly Naked Mile, hosted by DVC.
Thursday, April 24: Shanty Town with Habitat for Humanity
Friday, April 25 from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Game Room tournament at the Musgrave Unit Boys and Girls Club. Come help judge various games board games, team games, basketball, cup stacking, etc. in a shift.
Thursday, May 1 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Hunger for Rice Trivia Night
Wednesday, May 7 from 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Park clean-up at Doling Park with Boys and Girls Club teens.
Other places students can check for service projects: