Community Foundation of the Ozarks

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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.

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A recent study commissioned by the CFO and the Musgrave Foundation, shows Springfield’s nonprofit community as a major player in the social and economic structure of the city. Dan Prater led the study, as Director of the Center for Nonprofit Communication at Drury University. “With the study, I wanted not only to clarify some misconceptions, but I wanted people to know that nonprofits are players.” To the tune of $4 Billion dollars a year in Springfield alone, 20% of the city’s total revenue.

The Every Child Promise aims to cut in half the number of local youth who are unprepared to learn upon entering kindergarten within 10 years. KSMU's Mike Smith has more in our latest installment of Making a Difference Where You Live.