Community Foundation Crosses $2 Million in Awarded COVID-19 Grants

Jason Wert

Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced the release of $280,000 in grants for COVID-19 related charity efforts, moving the total amount of COVID related funding from CFO to pass the $2 million mark.

The total discretionary spending, meaning the fund is managed by CFO, totaled $1.1 million of the spending, while just under $900,000 was given from funds that are advised by the donors.

This week’s donations were boosted by a $200,000 donation from an anonymous foundation dedicated toward “health, education and economic self-sufficiency, primarily for youth in impoverished communities.”

Here are the recipients of the grants for the week:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks: $15,000 to maintain big brother/big sister matches in the Springfield area during pandemic.Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks: $25,000 to provide services to families and children in Branson and assist in the reopening of the club for summer programming. The agency is a partner of regional affiliate Community Foundation of Taney County, and half of the funding for this grant is provided by the White River Valley Electric Cooperative.Care to Learn: $10,000 for emergency health, hunger, and hygiene needs for low-income children across the region.Care Connection for Aging Services: $10,000 to provide meals for homebound seniors in the El Dorado Springs and Stockton area, which is served by the El Dorado Springs and Stockton community foundations.Carthage Crosslines Ministry: $7,000 to support the agency’s food pantry. The agency is a partner of the Carthage Community Foundation.CASA of South Central Missouri: $7,178 to support an online system for CASA volunteer connections in Dent, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Texas counties. The area is served by the Dent County, Houston, Meramec Regional and St. James Area community foundations.CASA of Southwest Missouri: $18,000 to support the increased need of CASA volunteers in the Springfield area due to crisis.Community Counseling Center: $10,000 to support behavioral health and recovery programs for low-income individuals in Cape Girardeau. The agency is a partner of the Cape Area Community Foundation.The Community Partnership: $10,000 to support vulnerable families in Rolla that lack the resources to locate and purchase the items needed to provide for themselves during the pandemic. The area is served by the Meramec Regional Community Foundation.Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $20,000 for continued support of emergency shelters for homeless individuals in Springfield.Conway Senior Services Inc.: $1,500 to ensure the safe delivery of meals to seniors. The agency is a partner of Marshfield Area Community Foundation.Council to Prevent Domestic Violence Inc.: $8,500 to support individuals in the Lebanon area who are at risk of continued abuse due to the economic downturn.Cuba Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry: $5,000 for food pantry expenses in Cuba. The community is served by the Crawford County Foundation Inc.Harbor House Domestic Violence Center: $11,500 for fresh meat and produce for domestic violence victims in the Kimberling City area, which is served by the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation.Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County: $5,500 for assistance with emergency expenses for low-income residents of Gasconade County, which is served by the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area Inc. and the Owensville Area Community Foundation.Hermann Community Food Pantry: $8,450 for food pantry expenses. The agency is a partner of the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area Inc.Lafayette House: $15,000 to support operations and additional COVID-related expenses for the domestic violence shelter in Joplin, which is served by the Joplin Regional Community Foundation.Least of These Inc.: $5,000 for food pantry expenses in Christian County, which is served by the Finley River and Nixa Community Foundations.Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services: $10,000 to support the PCHAS Counseling Center in St. Francois County, which provides mental health services for children and families.Ripley County Diaper Bank: $7,000 for food, diapers and other supplies for children. The area is served by the Ozark Foothills Regional and Ripley County community foundations.Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks: $10,372 to support increased costs of the Tooth Truck associated with the pandemic.SoutheastHEALTH Foundation: $5,000 to offset the expenses of additional safety medical supplies in the Cape Girardeau area, which is served by the Cape Area Community Foundation.Unite of Southwest Missouri Inc.: $10,000 to support case management connections for black residents in the Springfield metro area.United Way of Pettis County: $15,000 for assistance with emergency expenses for low-income families in the Sedalia area.West Central Missouri Community Action Agency: $30,000 for mental health assessment and case management in the Appleton City area.

Donations are still being taken for CFO’s COVID-19 fund. CFO is covering the processing fees for all donations made by credit card through the end of June.

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