Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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More colleges are moving toward a new initiative called “the green dot strategy,” which aims to prevent sexual violence and underage drinking. On Tuesday, Springfield schools Drury, Evangel, and Missouri State University, as well as Ozarks Technical Community College announced their involvement.

Green Dot is a strategy to “mobilize the bystanders” in cases of domestic violence or sexual assault. 

“Our committee believes, our institutions believe, we can enhance the community’s ability to reduce sexual assault among college students.”

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A film screening in Springfield tonight (10/13) is designed to raise awareness of the importance of getting a good start in life.

Every Child Promise, Child Care Aware of Southern Missouri, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and Council of Churches of the Ozarks are sponsoring the screening of the PBS documentary, "The Raising of America."  The five-part documentary series and engagement campaign explores how a strong start for all will lead to better outcomes across the board.

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A grant awarded this week to a Springfield non-profit is expected to result in faster help for youth struggling with mental health issues.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

Springfield Tool Library

Keeping a yard or home looking nice can be challenging if you don’t have the right tools. Those looking to improve their outdoor space but in need of the right supplies can borrow them as part of a program offered by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

The Springfield Tool Library is the only one of its kind in the state, according to CPO.   Any Springfield resident or community group can check out up to five tools for a week. The project offers a cheaper way to take care of your property, according to CPO. 

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For the fourth year in a row, Springfield citizens came together for National Night Out, where families become more familiar with city and community resources as part of the annual community-building event. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann visited Meador Park on Tuesday to meet with participants.

Strolling through the park just west of Battlefield Mall, various agencies have set up shop to serve families and individuals.