14th annual fan drive aims to keep people cool across the Ozarks

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — With the temperatures heating up, two groups are teaming up to cool down families across the Ozarks. “You got a day today that’s 90 degrees, so today would be a great day to help out and think about somebody that would need a fan,” West Plains Ace Hardware General Manager Jamie Joiner told KY3. Ace Hardware stores … Read More

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

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