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.

Matt Lemmon / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks Celebrated its 43rd anniversary June 18th, and for this edition of Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, the Foundation’s 1st  two paid employees are here to talk about their early days in the office.

Louise Knauer / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, is produced by Mike Smith on KSMU, with support from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Wendy Steele is Chief Executive of Generosity Matters, a professional consultancy working with clients on how to live a more generous life.  Steele also created Impact 100, which pools the resources of at least 100 women, and sometimes men, to make a transformational grant. 

Matt Lemmon / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, is produced in cooperation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. 

Louise Knauer / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Making A Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, is produced for KSMU by Mike Smith, with support from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. 

Stephanie Stenger Montgomery

Producer Mike Smith:  "Today, Lezah Stenger and her daughter Stephanie Stenger Montgomery reflect on the family's philanthropy through the Lezah Stenger Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.  Both ladies have literally led by example.   Stephanie is the current Board Chair of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, a post her mother held in 1996, and each has served the community as President of the Jr. League of Springfield.

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