Making a Difference

Every Other Month

Supported by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Making a Difference is a long-running series that draws upon the personal stories and voices of Ozarks residents to highlight key issues impacting our community. 

Currently the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, with funding support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, is leading a major mental health needs assessment in partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health, CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield, and Jordan Valley Community Health Center.  The purpose is to analyze the current state of mental health services available, assess the needs of the community, and address the gap between the two.

As part of this effort, the newest season of Making a Difference explores the topic of mental illness – with the objective of creating awareness and reducing stigma.  Let’s Talk About It: Normalizing Mental Health Conversations is a collection of intimate conversations with individuals navigating their own mental health journeys.

You can browse our Making a Difference archives below or at the CFO website.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Tuesday morning, May 9th at midnight, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, along with over 250 of its non profit partners across southern Missouri, will kick-off the 3rd annual GIVE OZARKS 24 hour on-line day of giving, www.giveozarks.org, and on today's Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, 2 participants share their shared experience with GIVE OZARKS.  With us today is Mike Stevens, of Springfield Missouri's nonprofit Moxie Cinema, and Jarad Johnson, of Mostly Serious, which created Cause Momentum, the online giving plat

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, The Foresight and Philanthropy of Julia Dorothy Coover.

Over the past 15 years, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has distributed more than 400 grants totaling nearly $5million from the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Commerce Bank/ Commerce Trust Company.  Mrs. Coover established this unrestricted fund, giving volunteer committees the ability to grant funds annually to needs she would have not been able to anticipate. 

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

“Sometimes you have to help the parents, to help the children.”                                                                                  

Karen Miller
Mike Smith / KSMU

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, the Youth Empowerment Project, or YEP!       A youth oriented and directed program of The Community Foundation  of the Ozarks, and The Rural Schools Partnership, YEP’s mission is to  empower youth to Positively Impact Their Community Through Education, Service, Grant making, and Fundraising. 

Louise Knauer / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, a conversation between 2 local doctors.  One is a recipient of a Community Foundation of the Ozarks/Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation Scholarship, and recently was named to the Foundation's Board of Directors.  The other began his association with the CFO's SGCMF in 1957, and today too, serves on the Foundation's Board:  

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