Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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Wednesday (4/29) is Denim Day—a day set aside to raise awareness of sexual assault.  Amber Allen, with Community Partnership of the Ozarks, says sexual violence is a prevalent problem in the U.S.

"In the United States, one in five women will be a victim of attempted or completed rape, and three of four victims of sexual assault know their offender.  And between 20 and 25% of women will experience the attempted or completed rape during college," she said.

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If you’re a homeowner or business owner in Springfield, you can have graffiti removed from your property for free.

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks is taking requests for an event on May 9th.  The Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence will coordinate graffiti removal with the help of several area organizations.

So far, 16 sites have been cleaned up, and the CPO says four of those were directly linked to gang activity.

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In this segment of Making Democracy Work, Allison Cash talks with Erica Harris, director of Early Childhood and Family Development at the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, about the importance of early childhood education.

According to Harris, Early Childhood and Family Development coordinates all of CPO's programming for children under age eight and their families.  Its primary goals, she says, are to reduce child abuse and neglect and increase school readiness.

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Ilga Vise talks with Janet Dankert, executive director of Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

The CPO's mission is "to facilitate and promote resilient children, healthy families and strong neighborhoods and communities through collaboration, programming and resource development."

The organization was established in 1998 as a result of combining two other groups:  Ozarks Fighting Back and the Community Task Force.  It offers a variety of programs and services in 21 counties.

Dankert says they served more than 96,000 people last year with the help of volunteers.

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The Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Child Abuse and Neglect Collaborative has been working for two years to find solutions for problems children face in Greene County.  It outlined what it’s doing so far during an event at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky was there and has more.

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