Community Foundation of the Ozarks

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Ten area non-profit organizations will receive grants this week for 11 different projects from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.  The largest award--$2000—goes to SRO Lyric Theatre for board development training.  They'll also receive a $750 grant to continue their monthly open-mic night, Operazzi.

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The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is offering a total of $100,000 in matching grants to 18 Springfield-area non-profits.  But they have to raise matching funds by February 2nd. 

The agencies were selected for the potential impact of the grants to address “red-flag” issues identified in the 2013 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has announced Morey Mechlin as this year’s Humanitarian Award recipient.

The executive director of Care to Learn, Mechlin is a longtime community volunteer and advocate for children. She’ll be honored at a noon luncheon on Monday, Dec. 15 at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield.

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The Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Springfield Fire Department have unveiled a new website resource and PSA as part of the Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative.  The awareness campaign provides resources to the increasing number of families affected by the growing problem of compulsive hoarding.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

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Springfield’s Every Child Promise initiative on Wednesday dedicated the Lighthouse Child and Daycare Center at Washington Avenue Baptist Church.  As KSMU’s Anna Thomas explains, the new addition helps further ECP’s goal of preparing children for learning before kindergarten.

Preschoolers from the Messiah Lighthouse opened the conference with a selection of songs, showing their interest in learning by performing their ABCs and other educational tunes.