If you watch television or listen to the radio you’ve probably heard stories or seen images of some of the many poverty stricken communities around the world. It is those same stories of starvation, hurt, motherless children, disease, and even death that often encourage people to courageously donate much needed time or money to people they’ve never met, and places they’ve never been. But what if that same need was in your own backyard ? I’m Chasity Mayes. In this month’s Sense of Community Series we’re focusing on local individuals that are fighting for those less fortunate right here in the Ozarks.
“For the people who work here, this is not a job and it’s not a career. It’s a cause and you either believe in the cause or you don’t. And if you don’t, you shouldn’t be working here, and you won’t last very long.”
That’s the Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ tell-it-like it is executive director Melissa Haddow. She’s been with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks for nearly 17 years, and has been the executive director for the last nine. In that time, she’s seen a lot of people lifted out of terrible situations. The Community Partnership of the Ozarks is the driving force behind a lot of organized events like Community Wide Play Day and Neighborhood Night Out. Many of the organization’s events focus on pre-school children and preparing them for school. However, CPO isn’t only helping people through special events. As a matter of fact, they never stop helping people.