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Neighborhood Volunteers Help Communities Across the Ozarks

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks had its annual banquet last night honoring neighborhood volunteers who have gone above and beyond in helping their community.
Kevin Carter
Shannon Bowers

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks had their annual banquet last night honoring neighborhood volunteers who have gone above and beyond in helping their community. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports on how these neighborhood residents have devoted nearly 2,000 hours to the cause.

As the printer warms up to distribute 1,790 flyers for the Doling neighborhood, volunteers at the Community Partnership Resource Center are taking and making phone calls to help main volunteer coordinator, Kevin Carter.

“Neighborhoods are looking for more volunteers. Grant Beach, which I am a part of, we usually have the same volunteers over and over again. We always want someone new. We always want to plug someone in. A lot of people don’t understand what community partnership is about,” said Carter.

Volunteers at the Community Partnership Resource Center help out with things like data entry for neighborhood sports programs, individual newsletters that range from weekly to annually, and conducting household chores while answering phone calls daily.

The Partnership volunteers also help with their own neighborhood activities. That can be anything from producing neighborhood-wide clean ups to seasonal events like gathering the proper paper work for neighborhood parties and parades.

Nerissa King is a volunteer at the Community Partnership Resource Center and is part of the Doling Neighborhood Association. She helps plan lots of events for her community, volunteering her time one day a week.

“Volunteering has been a part of my life for a long time. I volunteered at other places as well. I came in here not knowing that this resource center is part of my association as well. This is “The Hub.” This is where it all begins and it ends with the volunteers doing stuff in the community” said King.

The Community Partnership Resource Center works with 12 neighborhood associations from around the Ozarks, enabling its residents to organize events and send important information out to the community.

 For more information on the center or how to volunteer, visit our website KSMU.org

For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.