Bulldogs in Action

Bulldogs in Action Service Event

Bulldogs in Action is an annual event that has several purposes:

  • It gives you a chance to make a difference for others in Kirkville.

  • It starts getting you familiar with the Kirksville community; and

  • It earns points toward the college cup!

We know that Truman students like you value helping their communities. This event provides a chance for you to play a role that impacts Kirksville and your College Cup team. Each team has a set number of students needed to participate in various service projects throughout Kirksville. The goal numbers are set proportionally to the number of commuter students and people living in each residence hall. To earn full points, your team will need to meet their goal number of volunteers for Saturday morning.

Using this link, sign up to help with service projects Saturday morning at 9:00 AM. On the signup form, you’ll see where to meet your service site leaders that morning.   You’ll find an SA or the Commuter Student Group Leader from your team there along with the service site leaders. You’ll head to your service site from there. Most sites will be either around campus or within a 10-block walk. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind sweating in and maybe even getting a little dirty. A couple sites will require a short bus ride to get there. Whether you’re on the bus or not, please come with your mask on and be prepared to wear it when inside a building.  The group should be back at their residence hall by noon.  There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

Bulldogs in Action Saturday, August 219:00 am - Noon
BNB and Dobson Halls16 studentsBNB and Dobson Hall Sign-up
Centennial Hall24 studentsCentennial Hall Sign-up
Commuter Students8 studentsCommuter Student Sign-up
Missouri Hall16 studentsMissouri Hall SIgn-up
Ryle Hall44 studentsRyle Hall Sign-up
West Campus Suites16 studentsWest Campus Suites Sign-up

Because each team has a limited number of people able to participate, make sure you commit to being there on Saturday if you’re going to sign up. If your team is already full when you go to sign up, that’s OK. It just means you and your neighbors are passionate about serving people. Follow that passion by visiting serve.truman.edu online to learn more about service opportunities in Kirksville all year long.

Service Sites:

  • The Pines Adult Care Center (out of an abundance of caution, students will not go to the senior care center, they will remain on campus and create cards for residents.)
  • Downtown Public Areas (two groups)
  • Kirksville Part-day Head Start
  • Campus (two groups)
  • University Farm
  • Curtain Call Theatre Company
  • Kirksville Child Development Center
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store
  • Rural Advocates for Independent Living (RAIL)
  • The Crossing Thrift Store

Student Participant Responsibilities:

  • Wear appropriate facial coverings as required
  • Read and sign Bulldogs in Action Liability Waiver
  • Follow instructions provided by site supervisors and on-site leadership

Site Supervisor Responsibilities:

  • Meet student service groups at the designated location (residence hall or SUB)
  • Provide instructions, review and collect signed liability waivers
  • Ensure all participants have appropriate facial coverings
  • Lead the group to the assigned service site location for service
  • Take photographs of students engaged in service
  • Responsible for addressing any unforeseen issues that may arise during the event and report the issue to JD for a response.

Site descriptions

Rural Advocates For Independent Learning (RAIL):

A group of 8 students and one supervisor will be transported by bus from their residence hall to the RAIL building on Jamison Street. They will meet with a liaison there who will give them a tour of the building and explain their program. Then, the students will be given assignments to clean, do general maintenance, and sort supplies used by RAIL in its programs. Everyone will be wearing masks while inside a building and RAIL will not be open to the public when the students are there. At approximately 11:30 am the bus will pick the students up to be shuttled back to their residence hall.  There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

Head Start Part-Day Childcare Center:

A group of 8 students and one supervisor will be transported by bus from their residence hall to the childcare center building on Locust Street. They will meet with a liaison there who will give them a tour of the building and explain their program. Then, the students will be given assignments to clean, do general maintenance, and sort supplies in preparation for the start of their fall program. Everyone will be wearing masks while inside the building and there will be no children at the Center when the students are there.   At approximately 11:30 am the bus will pick the students up to be shuttled back to their residence hall.  There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

The Pines Adult Care Center:

Representatives from The Pines will come to campus to meet with as many students as we can hold in an available room. The representatives will give them an overview of the nursing home mission and show a video of the facility. Then, they will interact with the students to create a personalized card to be given by a student to a resident at the facility. The Pines will provide all of the supplies for the cards.  There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

The Crossing Thrift Store:

A group of 8 students and one supervisor will walk from their residence hall to the store on Baltimore Street. They will meet with a liaison there who will give them a tour of the building and explain their program. Then, the students will be given assignments to change over inventory in preparation for the start of the fall. Everyone will be wearing masks while in the store and the store will not be open to the public.  At approximately 11:45 am the students will begin their walk back to their residence hall.  There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store

A group of 8 students and one supervisor will be transported by bus from their residence hall to the building at Lincoln Square Shopping Center. They will meet with a liaison there who will give them a tour of the building and explain their program. Then, the students will be given assignments to clean, do general maintenance, and sort supplies and inventory. Everyone will be wearing masks while in the store. The store will be open to the public. At approximately 11:30 am the bus will pick the students up to be shuttled back to their residence hall.  There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

Downtown Public Areas

Students, in groups of 8 and a supervisor, will walk from campus to various downtown public areas to pick up trash, etc. The students will work around various public buildings such as City Hall, the police department, the fire department, and county sheriff’s office, the prosecutor’s office, and the courthouse.  There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

On-Campus Projects

Identified areas on campus where groups of 8 students and a supervisor will do some general cleaning and landscaping work around campus.  There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

University Farm

A group of 8 students will be taken by bus to the University Farm. They will be met there by the University Farm staff.  They will learn about what happens at the farm and how it is used as a learning location for students in various classes. The students will do some basic maintenance work on the farm. The bus will shuttle the students back to their residence hall by noon. There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

Curtain Call Theatre Company

A group of 8 students and one supervisor will be transported by bus from their residence hall to the theatre building on Elizabeth Street. They will meet with a liaison there who will give them a tour of the building and explain their program. Then, the students will be given assignments to clean, do general maintenance, and sort props, supplies and inventory. Everyone will be wearing masks while in the building. The building will not be open to the public. At approximately 11:30 am the bus will pick the students up to be shuttled back to their residence hall.  There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.

Kirksville Child Development Center

A group of 8 students and one supervisor will be transported by bus from their residence hall to the childcare center building on Halliburton Street. They will meet with a liaison there who will meet them outside and explain their program. Then, the students will be given assignments to clean, do general maintenance outside only.  No work will be done inside the building. At approximately 11:30 am the bus will pick the students up to be shuttled back to their residence hall.   There will be a brief time (about 10-15 minutes) that the site supervisor and the group discuss their experience.