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Southeast Missouri State University

Community Service

Southeast Serves Week is Coming April 8-11, 2015!

  • Southeast Serves is a program that provides students, faculty, and staff with the opportunity to engage in community service on and off-campus.
  • Southeast Serves offers both one-time and on-going service opportunities that address critical needs in our community through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships. Community service activities may include but are not limited to: academic service-learning, co-curricular service learning (not part of an academic course, but utilizing service-learning elements) and other co-curricular student volunteer activities. Community service includes both direct service to citizens (e.g., serving food to the needy) and indirect service (e.g., assessing community nutrition needs or managing a food bank).
  • All of the programs and events are designed to challenge participants to reflect upon their own commitment to social justice and empower them to work toward solutions.

Campus Life & Event Services would like to thank everyone who made Southeast Serves 2014 a big success. Over 4 days, 289 students volunteered 890.75 hours. Please check back as we are planning Southeast Serves for Fall 2015.

Academic service-learning means service that is integrated with academic course content. It may involve direct or indirect service, and may include academic research. Its goal is to integrate classroom and community goals through transformative service partnerships that enrich the academic experience inspire lifelong community engagement, and strengthen our local and global communities. Service-learning is a form of experiential learning involving partnerships between faculty-led academic courses and community-based organizations. Through these partnerships students engage in hands-on service roles and projects by which they learn about and apply course concepts while intentionally addressing the needs/interests identified by our community partners.

Southeast Missouri State encourages all students to participate in Southeast Serves. You can get involved by filling out a Volunteer Application form. We ask that all volunteers log their ours on accomplishing their service. Southeast Missouri State is attempting to recognize all the hard work performed by students volunteering and giving back to the community. We ask that all volunteers wear their Southeast Serves t-shirt when performing community service. Please indicate your size on the sign-up form. Most importantly, we encourage you to have fun! Community service is a great way to meet new friends and make wonderful memories.

#1: It's good for you.

Volunteering provides many rewards to both mental and physical health.

#2: It saves resources.

Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.

#3: Volunteers gain professional experience.

You can test out a career.

#4: It brings people together.

You assist in uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.

#5: It increases your social and relationship skills.

Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

#6: Volunteering strengthens your community.

As a volunteer you help support families, youth, improve schools, and beautify the community

#7: You learn a lot.

Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self-worth.

#8: You get a chance to give back.

People like to support community resources that they use themselves

#9: Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life.

Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions.

#10: You make a difference.

Every person counts!

Source: https://students.ucsd.edu/student-life/involvement/community/reasons.html

Upcoming Events

Dance at Missouri Veterans Home on St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2-3:30 pm, Missouri Veterans Home
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program/Volunteer Intergenerational of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties will be sponsoring a dance at the Missouri Veterans Home on St. Patrick's Day, March 17 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the Dining Center. RSVP/VIC is looking for around 15 volunteers to dance with the veterans. This facility houses 150 veterans, 145 male and 5 female (we need at least 3 male volunteers to dance with our female veterans). If you volunteer, you need to wear GREEN! This is just another way for RSVP/VIC of Cape Girardeau/Scott Counties to say thank you to those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives by defending our great nation.

Please, follow the link to sign up:

Choose “Dance at MO Vets Home - March 17th, 2 – 3 p.m.” in the drop down box if you want to register for this project, and we’ll get back to you soon. If you have any questions, please email seserves@semo.edu.

Music for Hospital Patients

March 27th, St. Francis Medical Center
Music can help people feel better, that’s why we should bring music to those people who need it most - hospital patients. We are looking for performers who are willing to donate their time and talent to the local hospitals. If you can play any musical instruments or sing, please register for this project, and get an opportunity to deliver the healing power of music.

Follow this link to register:

It is a great opportunity for the patients who spend most of their time in bed to enjoy the beauty of live music performance. The date of the projects is March 27th, but it may be subject to change depending on the volunteers' availability. If you have any questions, please email seserves@semo.edu.

Walk with Me Southeast

April 11th, 8 am-12 pm, Arena Park
Easter Seals Midwest serve nearly 4,000 individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities each year and can only offer life-changing services because of the support from groups in the local community. We are looking for about 50 volunteers for a variety of needs at the Walk including:

  • Setup
  • Tear Down
  • Registration
  • Parking
  • Food and Beverage
  • Tents
  • Runner Directors
  • Photography
  • Family Fun Zone

On the form linked below choose “Walk With Me” in the drop down field to register for this project. In the “Additional details” field mention the specific service you would like to conduct. Below is the volunteer tracker for the walk so you can see the specific needs, times, and the number of volunteers needed for each volunteer opportunity.

Please follow this link to sign up.


More info about the Walk can also be found at www.walkwithme.org/SEMissouri


Messy Morning

April 25th, 10 am-2 pm, Show Me Center
Messy Morning is a popular event for families with young children held by Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center, featuring over thirty different activities to support the development of the young child. The event is designed to promote simple things families can do to help prepare their children for success in school. All activities are designed to encourage messy play, such as fishing with your toes, shaving cream art, creations with pasta and many others. The event was a huge success last year thanks to the help of our volunteers.

This year again all volunteers are welcome to help set up the event. On the form linked below choose “Messy Morning” in the drop down field to register for this project.

Please follow this link to sign up.