Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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Phelps Neighborhood Association (PNA), working with Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO), held a neighbor cleanup day for Phelps Grove Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The event, which is a first for Phelps Grove when working with CPO, had nearly 30 volunteers come out with numerous trucks and trailers. They worked together to remove trash from the neighborhood by loading into giant dumpsters parked on a Missouri State lot.

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Nearly 17 percent of Greene County students grades six-12 considered attempting suicide within the past year. That’s according to a student survey conducted by Missouri Department of Mental Health.

And officials say the threat of suicide has been on the rise.

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Updated Friday, 2:45 pm:

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks updated its Give Ozarks fundraising totals Friday, saying that $1,397,147.64 was raised for more than 240 local nonprofit organizations.

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A community meeting tonight in Springfield will focus on the opioid epidemic in the Ozarks.  Pain Pills to Heroin:  A Problem Within Reach will be held from 6 to 8 at the Greene County Archives Building, 1126 N. Boonville.

The event, hosted by Community Partnership, will feature presentations by four panelists:  Missouri State Representative Holly Rehder, Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson, Jim Farrell, director of the Springfield School Police Department and Dr. Kurt Bravata who specializes in addiction treatment.

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A new program soon to be up and running in Springfield will offer resources for families with young children who have disabilities or developmental delays.

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks is working to bring the Capable Kids & Families program to Springfield. 

"It is a combination of home visiting, family support and play group," said Dana Carroll, Springfield’s child advocate.