Fill-A-Trailer Food Drive kicks off for the Community Kitchen

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

REPUBLIC, Mo. – The fifth annual Fill-A-Trailer Food Drive kicked off Saturday. This drive supports the Community Kitchen in Republic, Mo. “We serve three meals a week to anyone in need,” Cheri Hamilton, board member with the Community Kitchen, said. The kitchen feeds people in the community every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. In the last six years, Hamilton says they have … Read More

Kids throughout the Ozarks receive new winter coats

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Knights of Columbus helped out the community with Coats for Kids. Knights of Columbus held there second annual Coats for Kids drive on Sunday, November 18. They gave away over 250 coats within the first 45 minutes,surpassing last years numbers. “One little boy said, ‘I’m not going to be cold,” said Frank Barchak, … Read More

Parkview High School students learn lessons outside the classroom

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield students spent time outside the classroom learning lessons about the need in the community. Parkview High School students spent the morning at Crosslines, helping mostly the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. Every freshman, sophomore and junior from Parkview spends a day working in the community. Seniors are having a career day. The students are spread out across … Read More

Springfield’s Convoy of Hope responds to tsunami in Indonesia

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

*Photo: A man carries recovered items from the damaged warehouse from Friday’s tsunami at a neighborhood in Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk on Friday, Sept. 28, generating the tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana) Springfield’s Convoy of Hope is responding … Read More

MSU fraternity collects blankets for Victory Mission

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo- The Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Missouri State University collected blankets to donate to the Victory Mission. The blanket drive started at 8:00 Monday night and lasted through 8:00 Tuesday morning. They spent the night to feel what it’s really like to not have a home. New and used blankets were collected during the twelve hour drive.

Southern Missouri Red Cross joins Hurricane Florence relief effort

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Rick King has seen a lot when it comes to emergency response. He’s volunteered with the Red Cross’s Disaster Relief Team for the last 18 years, and has helped victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Katrina, and the Joplin tornado, to name a few. But, the former firefighter says that hasn’t changed the impact of how dangerous the situations are … Read More

Athletes at Central High School raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Starting at 6 a.m. McDonald’s across the Ozarks will sell a limited-edition “Chiefs Kingdom” flags for Red Friday. The Springfield Central football team and the fellowship of Christian Athletes at Central will help out with the fundraiser. They’ll be at the McDonald’s on National Avenue south of St. Louis Street. Proceeds from the flags will go to support … Read More

Local organizations help kids prepare for school

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Many in the community dropped off scissors, paper and other schools supplies to Chick-Fil-A on Glenstone Monday night. James River Church along with Chick-Fil-A hosted the eighth annual Stuff the Bus. “It helps the students get exactly what they need for learning,” Josh Longanecker, Director of Church and Community Care at James River Church, said. “We believe the … Read More

United Way Day of Caring helps nonprofits across SW MO

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Thursday is United Way Day of Caring, and more than 2,000 volunteers spread out across the community helping with a large variety of projects. You may have seen some of the volunteers wearing blue “Live United” shirts. The United Way of the Ozarks is the main organizer of the day of caring, but they were also one … Read More

Branson Senior Center needs more volunteers

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

The Branson-Hollister Senior Center is requesting more volunteers. There are opportunities to serve behind the scenes in the kitchen or out on meal delivery routes. “Lots of times, we are the only people that these older folks get to visit with and to see. We just get attached to them,” Gaylene Coots said. With up to 1,000 meals total served … Read More