Dairy Farmers of America donate dairy products to Ozarks Food Harvest

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Edited News Release) — At a time when many Americans are facing unprecedented hardships as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the family farm-owners and employees of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative, are stepping up to provide nutritious dairy products to those in need. In addition to hosting events such as drive-by milk giveaways at … Read More

Community Foundation of the Ozarks issues second round of COVID-19 response & recovery grants

Jessi HawkinsUncategorized

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Edited News Release) — The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded its second round of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund grants totaling $80,000 for seven regional nonprofit agencies. The CFO announced an initial commitment of $1 million on March 20 for discretionary grantmaking by the CFO and its regional affiliate foundations. This commitment was made possible by CFO and … Read More

Local egg producer donates 300K eggs to Ozarks Food Harvest for Easter

Jessi HawkinsUncategorized

Courtesy: Ozarks Food Harvest SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Opal Foods, a local egg producer, made a generous donation to Ozarks Food Harvest ahead of Easter. The Springfield food bank received 302,400 eggs from Opal foods to help provide food-insecure families across the Ozarks with an Easter-themed meal option. Opal Foods has donated more than 3.6 million eggs since its first annual donation … Read More

Laura Farmer: Executive Director for CASA of Southwest Missouri

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

Meet Executive Director for CASA of Southwest Missouri, Laura Farmer. She explains after getting involved with Volunteer Ozarks, volunteer requests have quadrupled for CASA of SWMO, meaning they have helped more than 150 children in foster care who otherwise could have gone without needed assistance and guidance.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks grants money to Habitat for Humanity after catalytic converter thefts

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Edited News Release) — The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) provided an emergency grant of $5,560.49 to support repairs to Habitat for Humanity of Springfield after thieves stole catalytic converters from vehicles. The vehicles included two box trucks used to transport donations to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a major funding source for Habitat’s mission, and four vehicles … Read More

On Your Side: Mentorship is a BIG deal

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

A ‘big’ thanks to mentors. January is National Mentoring Month. On Your Side reporter Ashley Reynolds was the emcee at a luncheon to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ozarks. Ashley is a Big sister. Dana Ford, Missouri State University Men’s Basketball Head Coach was the featured speaker. The Big Deal event happened at the Glendalough Convention Center in … Read More