Paws for a Cause

Paws for a Cause is a direct service initiative that provides opportunities for students to participate in different service projects on a regular basis throughout the year. We aim to provide a variety of opportunities each semester that meet different needs in the community.

One-Time Service Opportunities
Paws for a Cause one-time service is an opportunity for students to get their first experiences in a volunteer setting. Service opportunities are pre-arranged throughout the semester and led by a student leader. Students can RSVP through OrgSync to join a group of fellow students in serving a local community partner. Past one-time service opportunities have included packaging and processing food for needy families at the Food Bank, hosting a bingo night at Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital, serving meals and providing games at Columbia Healthcare Center, caring for needy animals at Central Missouri Humane Society, facilitating after school activities and tutoring for children at the Moving Ahead Program, and a variety of environmental projects. Transportation is provided to and from all service events off campus.

Semester-Based Service Opportunity
Paws for a Cause’s semester-based service opportunity is a for-credit course. Students commit 30 hours a semester to volunteering as part of a one-credit service learning course. The course gives students the flexibility to create their own volunteer schedules, choose from a variety of different service focuses, and network with local community partners. This course does not meet on a regular basis, but does require two mandatory orientation sessions, a mid-semester reflection session, and a final reflection session. There are multiple sessions to choose from to accommodate student schedules.

Enrolled students will be able to choose their preferred volunteer location from around 12-15 options ranging from education, animals, youth development, health services, and the environment.

For more information on Paws for a Cause one-time service opportunities or the semester one-credit course, please email