Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

Brian and Marilyn Bisbee, Co-Directors of the Carthage Crisis Center Since 2003, announced their retirement from the center effective January 2016.  Brian and Marilyn sat down with KSMU Producer Mike Smith who recorded their remembrances for this edition of Making a Difference:  Stories of Hope and Help.

Brian Bisbee:  “ You remember  hon that I was not real excited about coming to Missouri.”

For 26 years, Community Foundation of the Ozarks has been recognizing people that have dedicated a segment of their lives to community service with the Springfield Humanitarian Award.

Jim Holt / Reeds Spring Schools/Tablerock Lake Community Foundation

Making A Difference:  Stories of Hope and Help is inspired by NPR’s Story Corps, and produced at KSMU in cooperation with, and support from, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. 

Voice of 16 year old Reeds Spring Missouri resident Sophia Greenwalt:  “I remember when I started Helping Hats, and I was in the 6th grade.  I just wanted an idea to help others, to help the community.”

CFO / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Leslie Carrier talks with Bridget Dierks, grants program officer with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, about the organization and what it does.

CFO was founded in 1973.  It holds about $260 million in assets and has 47 affiliate, volunteer organizations.  CFO holds assets for grant making and for non-profit organization, donor funds, those of volunteer groups, Dierks said.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Officials hope to reduce the poverty level in Greene County to 15 percent by the year 2025. The goal was addressed Thursday as part of a series of presentations assessing the region’s health.

“The reason this is an ambitious goal is not only because we are proposing to reduce the amount of poverty by five percent over the next decade, but also because we are reversing a trend.”  

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris says that should the status quo remain, the county’s current 20 percent poverty level will continue to rise.