Bridget Dierks

Springfield-Greene County Focus Report-Part II

Nov 4, 2019

This week on Making Democracy Work, Lisa Langley speaks with Bridget Dierks, vice president of programs with Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and Dr. Jonathan Groves, department chair of communications at Drury University.

This is the second of a two-part series exploring the Community Focus Report.  Today’s discussion digs into the statistics, analysis and how to put this information to work.

Courtesy of Community Foundation of the Ozarks

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Bridget Dierks, vice president of programs for Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Today’s discussion many local grant opportunities and upcoming deadlines to apply.  

Deadlines:

January 25th-Senior Mental Health

February 15th-Coover Rural Grant

March 8th-Coover Educational Grant

March 8th- Greene County Classroom Grant

Courtesy of Community Foundation of the Ozarks

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Bridget Dierks, vice president of programs for Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO).

Dierks discusses her role as co-chair with David Hall on the Community Task Force on Facilities for Springfield Public Schools (SPS).  She explains how the project came about, what they learned, and where we go from here.

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

Ginger Ramirez was going through tough times, a few years ago. The 33 year old and her children live in Northwest Springfield, Zone 1, which has the city’s highest rate of poverty: “Oh absolutely, there was no hope.  I felt like I was deteriorating, that I was falling apart, and my whole world was crashing. I wasn’t able to work anymore because of child care expenses.  I was living off donating plasma every week, making $70.00 a week.  That was my income to raise children and make a living.”

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

"In a rural community, the hospital takes on a bigger role, than it does, I think, in larger cities. The hospital is kind of all encompassing, and is there to provide whatever help you need."

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