This week’s round-up focuses on the efforts of local non-profit organizations.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Almost immediately, Community Foundation of the Ozarks started the Response & Recovery Fund to support local needs that are specific to the COVID-19 outbreak. The fun started with $1 million in donations from the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation managed by Commerce Trust, and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ discretionary grantmaking funds. From there, individuals and other organizations in the community have made donations to add to the fund. The first two rounds of grants have already gone out to local groups like Community Partnership of the Ozarks (to provide emergency shelter for homeless individuals with chronic health conditions that make them at high-risk for COVID-19), Harmony House (to purchase cleaning, hygiene and kitchen supplies), Christian Associates (to fill food boxes for Stone County communities) and more.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield
Once schools closed and the local stay-at-home orders were announced, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield pivoted from their typical in-person services to offer support in other ways. They began to provide virtual programming to be used at home, established a COVID-19 helpline to offer emergency assistance to families, provided access to hygiene and health supplies, and performed wellness checks on the organization’s families. Meal distribution has been a large part of how Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield has adapted. At three local locations, the organization is handing out an average of 950 meals daily to continually support the kids’ basic food needs. Additionally, the group has been offering childcare services to healthcare workers and first responders.