Community Service

  • 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!


Ongoing Programs


Conversation Partners

The Conversation Partners Program aims to assist international students with their speaking, listening, and communication skills through constant practice with native English speakers. From two to four hours per week conversation partner pairs meet up at some places around the campus, have lunch or dinner together, in other words, have fun. It is a great opportunity for English native speakers to learn about cultures of various countries and make friends all over the world!

For further information about Conversation Partners, or if you want to join the program, please go to:

Upcoming Events


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.

march of dimes

March of Dimes Walk

May 2nd, 7 – 11 am, Arena Park
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. March of Dimes has awarded millions of dollars in Missouri for research and programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. It is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming March of Dimes Walk. Registration starts at 8:00 AM and the walk begins at 9:00 AM. Volunteers will help with several things, such as:

  • Stuffing participation bags - this will need to be done sometime the week of the walk as long as it is completed by Saturday morning at 7:00 AM.
  • Set up - setting up food, tables, chairs and placing signs along the walk route stations-face painting.
  • Bounce House - supervising children.
  • Sidewalk Chalk - supervising children yard sale table - collecting money for items sold off the table.

Volunteers do not have to stay the whole time. Hour long shifts or what ever is more convenient for the students is possible.

To register for the project, please follow the link:

Choose “March of Dimes Walk - May 2nd, 7 - 11 am” in the drop down box if you want to register for this project, and we will get back to you. In “Additional details about the project” field state the time that you are available to volunteer.
If you have any questions, please email