Tiger Service Corps helps connect students with volunteer opportunities

Freshman and child life specialist major, Ali Jones has always managed to find the time to be a volunteer. In high school, she donated her time and effort to a wide range of extracurricular events and church mission trips in order to better her community. Jones wants to continue the same experiences into her college career at MU, but is faced with a dilemma.

“Well, honestly I wouldn’t even know how to get involved,” Jones said. “I’m sure there are opportunities but as an underclassman, I’m pretty new to how all this works.”

A group of students with a passion for service are working towards forming a new organization on campus geared to solving this issue. Under the leadership of Director, Javier Fernandez, Tiger Service Corps wishes to simplify and normalize the act of service at MU.

Fernandez is a senior, strategic communications major at MU with tremendous enthusiasm for everything he does.

“It’s all about widening the perspective,” Fernandez said. “We want to create a user-friendly interface in which you can show us your preferences and we’ll send you those opportunities.”

Although Tiger Service Corps is still a work in progress, the group’s Washington Tornado relief effort this past fall was a huge success. Students were encouraged to donate either physical items (non-perishable foods, bottled water, blankets, etc.) or send a monetary donation to help the tornado victims. According to Fernandez, students answered the call really quickly based on the limited amount of time provided. Following the event, the group received a great deal of positive feedback from students university-wide.

“That’s what it’s really about during those times of conflict or those times in which you feel that there’s no hope,” Fernandez said. “I feel this organization, as well as other service organizations, can make that feel, the feel that students made the right choice and can make Mizzou their second home.”

Students interested in joining Tiger Service Corps can email MUtscDirector@gmail.com or “Like” the Tiger Service Corps Facebook page for updates on recent service opportunities.

Betty Thomas

About the Author Betty Thomas

Agriculture began to influence my life at a young age. My father is a sixth-generation farmer, so it only seems right to pass on the tradition. I’m from a small, rural community where a large portion of the local economy is centered around agriculture. I was born and raised on a farm outside of Oakford, Ill., and wouldn’t have had it any other way. A friend took a college visit to the University of Missouri one weekend, and I decided to tag along. I immediately fell in love with the hospitality and beauty of the campus. With such a strong agricultural school and journalism school it seemed to be the perfect fit. Looking back there is no place I would rather call home.