Southeast Missouri State University

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!


Upcoming Events

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School Supply Drive

We’re accepting donations of school supplies for Boys and Girls Club in Cape Girardeau! If you have any school supplies you do not use and want to donate, please bring them to the University Center Ballroom on December 6th.
We’ll accept donations from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If this date does not work for you, please, bring the supplies to the UC, office 414 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by Saturday, December 6th.

Donations And Christmas Cards For Seniors

Cape Girardeau Senior Center is in need of supplies. Help us collect personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies to meet the needs of our seniors.
Also, come and make creative cards for local senior citizens of Cape Girardeau! Make their Christmas a little bit brighter.
Donate items for seniors and make cards in the University Center Ballroom on December 6th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If this date does not work for you to donate the supplies, please, bring them to the UC, office 414 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by Saturday, December 6th.

Fancy That!

Bring your gently-used cocktail & formal dresses and accessories to a formal dress collection.
Drop off your dresses at the UC, room 414
Date: December 1-5,
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dress sale will be January 31.
Proceeds will benefit a local non-profit agency.