Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Michele Skalicky

Commercial Club of Springfield has met its $50,000 fundraising goal to support efforts to rehabilitate the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on historic C-Street.  The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Fund was established last year at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The 116-year-old footbridge was closed March 1, 2016 after Springfield Public Works inspectors found corrosion and steel loss in the north support column, according to the City of Springfield. 

Exceptional Warriors

“PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, that’s basically the wound of Iraq and Afghanistan.  The signature wound, if you will, is the TBI”, says Anthony Norris.

On this edition of "Let’s Talk About It! Normalizing Mental Health Conversations," from the ongoing KSMU series Making a Difference, we meet Anthony Charles Norris, a graduate of Nixa High school. 

In 2006 during his senior year at Drury University, Norris chose to delay graduation and pharmacy school, to join the U.S. Army. 

Randy Bacon Photography Submitted By Tim and Mary Jane Holmes

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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, Cox Health, Mercy Springfield, and Jordan Valley Community Health Center. 

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.  


January 25th-Senior Mental Health

February 15th-Coover Rural Grant

March 8th-Coover Educational Grant

March 8th- Greene County Classroom Grant

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A local effort called the Every Child Promise Initiative is trying to raise $100,000 for a permanent scholarship fund to help Springfield kids get quality pre-school. 

Part of the Every Child Promise Initiative includes a new book by Todd Parnell, who is the past president of Drury University and a retired banker.

Parnell joined us in the studio to talk about his book, “Privilege and Privation: A Love Story.”