Community Foundation of the Ozarks Details “Red Flag” Addressing Grants

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced Wednesday the details of a series of five grants aimed at combating problems labeled as “red flags” in a recent community study.

The Springfield-Greene County Collective Impact Grants focused on problems raised in the 2019 Community Focus Report for the area.

“The Community Focus Report helps the CFO use our grant dollars most effectively to target priority issues in the Springfield area,” Bridget Dierks, Vice President of Programs for the CFO, said in a statement. “We commend these agencies for developing unique strategies to address community challenges like addiction, poverty and workforce development.”

The five grants were given to:

  • Better Life in Recovery — $24,810 for the Greene County Diversion Program, in partnership with 180 Degrees and New Beginnings Sanctuary. This project will provide a pipeline of support for nonviolent individuals in custody for drug offenses.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks — $26,190 for the Conscious Parenting 2020 and STARS Kids Club, in partnership with The One Stop for Early Childhood/Council of Churches of the Ozarks, Every Child Promise/Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Lighthouse Child and Family Development Center, OTC Early Childhood Education Center, and the Connecting Grounds. This project will provide conscious discipline programming, which prioritizes trauma-informed, brain-based self-regulation parenting and discipline.
  • The Geek Foundation — $24,000 for the Develop Yourself Initiative, in partnership with The Northwest Project/Drew Lewis Foundation and Pitt Technology Group. This project will develop curriculum for a 3–5 month program that will result in useful and relevant IT certifications to help place more low-income women into second-tier information service positions.
  • Safe and Sober Inc. — $20,000 for the Springfield Area Vape Education Program, in partnership with Healthy Living Alliance Tobacco Committee, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, CoxHealth, Springfield Public Schools, Republic School District and American Lung Association. This project will develop a video module for classroom use and a community awareness campaign to educate youth on the dangers of vaping.
  • Watershed Committee of the Ozarks — $25,000 for the Watershed Natives Project, in partnership with Springfield Public Schools, Future Farmers of America and Darr Family Foundation. This project will develop a native plant nursery as a resource for Hillcrest High School students in the College and Career Pathway program, creating a local resource for high-quality native plants.

The money for the grants comes from donors who make “unrestricted” gifts, or whose donations are for fiels like early childhood education.

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