Women And Girls Lead


Thank you for your interest in the Women & Girls Lead Initiative.  Learn more about our local partners below.

The Association for Women in Communications

  • Contact: Angela Frizell, 417-761-7227, or Jill Randolph, 417-829-6151, 1111 N. Robberson, Springfield, MO
  • Mission: The Association for Women in Communications is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications fields by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.
  • Areas of need: Volunteers welcome to serve on boards and committees. 

Boys and Girls Club

  • Contact: Cindy Dodson, 417-862-9249, 1410 N. Fremont Ave., Springfield, MO 65802
  • Mission: To inspire and enable all young people to realize their potential for growth and development.
  • Areas of need: gym supplies, table games, computer and academic related materials, volunteers from 3-8pm to help with homework and activities

Center for Dispute Resolution/Networks for Girls

  • Contact: Heather Blades, 417-836-8831
  • Mission: Offer education, training, research, and community programs, including Networks for Girls, serving young women who have committed delinquent acts or offenses and who are experiencing conflict or communication problems at home.
  • Areas of need: Volunteers to coordinate Family Group Conferences for the Networks for Girls program.

Child Advocacy Center

  • Contact: Barbara Brown, 417-831-2327 , 1033 E. Walnut St., Springfield, MO 65806
  • Mission: Provide a child friendly environment that reduces stress for children who may have been abused.

Drury University's Women and Gender Studies Program

  • Contact: Katie Gilbert, 417-873-6941, 306 Pearsons Hall, 900 N. Benton Ave. Springfield, MO 65802
  • Mission: The Women and Gender Studies Program affords opportunities for inquiry and dialogue on issues of gender identity and issues that women, in particular, confront daily.

Girl Empowering Mind and Spirits (GEMS)

  • Contact: Jamie Raab, Coordinator, 417-829-6130
  • Mission: "Empowering girls to discover and build on strengths and passions to mature into productive jewels of our community."
  • Audience served: Female youth involved in or associated with the Greene County Juvenile Division who would benefit from the services of gender-responsive programming.
  • Areas of need: Art supplies, movie snacks, journaling materials, and volunteers for events.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

  • Contact: Brigitte Scott or Anne Hyde, 417-877-312-4764 ext. 1113 or 1131, 210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield MO 65802
  • Mission: To build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
  • Areas of need: Volunteers to serve girls ages 5-17

Girls on the Run

  • Contact: Trish Hopkins, Council Director, 417-860-2727, 8134
  • Mission: To inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Areas of need: volunteer coaches, volunteer running/walking buddies for our program culminating 5k event, volunteers interested in serving on a specific committee or in a board position

Harmony House

  • Contact: Danielle Conti, 417-837-7700
  • Mission: To provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence and promote the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free from abuse.
  • Areas of need: Find a donations need list and information about volunteering, internships and donating at www.myharmonyhouse.org.

Isabel's House

  • Contact: Kim Brayman, 417-865-2273, 2750 West Bennett, Springfield MO 65802
  • Mission: To provide immediate refuge for children ages birth to 12 whose families are in crisis. By partnering with families and the community, we will strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • Areas of need: In need of girl’s shoes, sizes 3-9; boy’s shoes, sizes 4-10; boy's pajamas, sizes 7 and medium; Gerber baby puffs; baby wipes; paper towels

League of Women Voters

  • Contact: Ann Elwell, 417-883-0200 or Allison Cash, 417-848-6005
  • Mission: To engage citizens to be active participants in our democracy. The League of Women Voters was born from the start of women’s suffrage movement.
  • Areas of need: People to participate in forums and studies.

Ozarks Literacy Council

  • Contact: Kathy Pinkley, Executive Director, 417-837-3811 Missouri State University Alumni Center 300 S. Jefferson, Suite 302, Springfield, MO 65806
  • Mission: Promote literacy in our community by offering one-on-one tutoring to improve reading and writing skills, and provide education about the importance of reading. Services are free and include tutoring for adults and children.
  • Areas of need: Volunteer opportunities at www.ozarksliteracy.org
  • Areas of need: People to participate in forums and studies.

Project Purple

  • Contact:Heather Eckhart, 417-499-2899, 11306 Jolly Mill Lane, Pierce City, MO 65723
  • Mission: Thinking outside the Democratic-Blue and Republican-Red boxes and reducing the number of abortions collaboratively! Decreasing abortion by increasing dialogue. Celebrating and promoting women’s health, increasing awareness, providing support and empowering young women!
  • Areas of need: Website Design Team, Volunteers & Mentors, Promoters & Presenters, Fundraising Team, and Organizational Assistance.

Rapha House International

  • Contact: Stephanie Freed, 417-621-0373, PO Box 1569, Joplin, MO 64802
  • Mission: To end the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.
  • Areas of need: volunteers and donations

Regional Girls Shelter

  • Contact: Jamie Taylor, 417-894-2968, 2740 E Pythian, Springfield 65802
  • Mission: To provide residential and community-based treatment services to girls who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment while working towards finding a permanent, safe, loving home for each girl.
  • Areas of need: school supplies, paper products such as copy paper, paper towels, toilet paper, etc., gift cards for the girls to provide them opportunities for outings, volunteers are needed for clothes closet sorting and opportunities for mentors on a “your availability basis”

Queen City Rock Camp

  • Contact: Hannah Sheehan, 417-501-4775, PO Box 3445, Springfield, MO 65808
  • Mission: To provide a safe and supportive environment where young women can work together to build self confidence through music.
  • Audience served: Girls ages 8 to 18
  • Areas of need: Volunteers for camp week, Board of Directors and planning committee members, monetary and in-kind donations, loaner instruments and musical equipment for the week of camp.