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Get Involved in Holiday Help


The countdown to Christmas is well underway.

As we shop for presents, decorate our homes and plan gatherings with loved ones, another thing on our to-do list should include how we can give back to our community during the holiday season. 

Alex Johnson is director of Community Involvement and Service in the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Missouri State University. He explains why nonprofit organizations in our area need our support even more during the holidays and suggests ways we can partner with them.

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To find out more about the CCE and opportunities to serve, contact Johnson at 417-836-5774. 

A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the public relations specialist in the office of strategic communication. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.