At Missouri Western, service and critical skills development are central to our core mission.
The Center for Service seeks to provide opportunities to learn and serve by connecting students to volunteer opportunities and to recognize the value of that learning by offering elective college credits.
Students can now earn up to three college credits toward their degrees for FREE through their volunteer service.
Earn one credit toward your degree for every 40 hours of community service, up to a maximum of three credits. The credits count toward your degree and may also become part of your co-curricular record.
Earn up to three free credit hours through:
- Leadership Opportunities
Currently Available Service Opportunities
Missouri Western students are doing good things in the community:
Getting involved with Mosaic Life Care and Mosaic Life Care Foundation is becoming easier for Missouri Western State University students.
Mosaic Life Care and Mosaic Life Care Foundation has welcomed multiple Center for Service volunteers from Missouri Western. Four volunteers have been placed at the Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary Gift Shop, guest relations, distribution and emPowerU.
McKenzie Waters, student and volunteer, has chosen to volunteer at the Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary Gift Shop.
"The people here are amazing," Waters said. "This will definitely be a future workplace for me."
The "Center for Service" program, is a course for students to connect to community members and find volunteer work, all while receiving course credit for no cost. St. Joseph's city council is presenting a resolution to the funding of $40,000 for "Center for Service" during the council meeting on Monday, October 19.
Getting involved in the community now is becoming easier for students at Missouri Western State University. Missouri Western’s Center for Service is working on bolstering student volunteerism by offering free elective credits for community service.
According to Gary Clapp, Director of the Center for Service at Missouri Western, students can take a class, called University 201, where they can get involved with or create their own community-service projects to earn one elective credit for every 40 hours of volunteer work. “You have to take elective credits anyway,” Clapp said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to reduce some of the cost associated with higher education.”
The Center for Service currently has nine students going through the online orientation for University 201. While some student organizations already are required to do some volunteer work, Clapp said University 201 will attract more students to volunteer in the community.
“What we find is that once people start doing some good work in the community, they don’t want to quit,” Clapp said. “Once they’ve got their hours in for what their needs are, maybe some of them quit but some of them say, ‘Hey, that makes me feel good!’”
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The Shoot Against the Prez competition wrapped up last week, and raised a total of $19,000 for the Center for Service.
The deadline to nominate a student organization for the Excellence in Philanthropy Award, given by the Missouri Western Foundation is April 17.
This award recognizes service by a student organization which has demonstrated outstanding commitment to their community through direct financial contributions, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.
Nomination criteria and instructions can be found here: https://foundation.missouriwestern.edu/philanthropy-award/
Want to learn more about or visit the University, but you’re not sure where to begin?
Visitors and students alike are invited to start at the Center for Service.
Our friendly and knowledgable staff will point you in the right direction!
Please call (816) 271-4100 or
stop by Eder Hall 202.