Tag Archives: Joplin MO

Big Brothers Big Sisters “Children of the Storm” Joplin Recovery Fund Update

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BBBS match Sara and Cortney.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of many organizations in the Joplin area devoted to supporting the progress and development of local youth. Geared toward providing positive role models for children ages 6 through 14, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a long history of benefiting both “Bigs” and “Littles” involved in mentoring relationships.

Sara Adcock started mentoring her Little, Cortney, over a year ago. BBBS asks Bigs to commit to spending two hours a week with their Littles, but it’s not unusual for Sara and Cortney to hang out longer. The two can frequently be seen …

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Joplin Recovery Fund Awards $1.925 Million in Housing Grant Cycle

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On Thursday, March 8th, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri awarded $1.925 million in grants to five local agencies on behalf of the Joplin Recovery Fund. The grants were awarded to:

  • Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committee/ Rebuild Joplin: $1.5 million for building materials and supplies to rebuild and repair 100 homes in 2012. The nine partner agencies include: Habitat for Humanity, Rebuild Joplin, Fuller Center for Housing, Mennonite Disaster Services, Catholic Charities, Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council, Spring River Baptist Association, College Heights Christian Church, and Joplin Family Worship.
  • Rebuild Joplin/SBP: $250,000 to repair and rebuild homes in Joplin and Duquesne  for tornado …
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Boys & Girls Club “Children of the Storm” Joplin Recovery Fund Update

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Since 1957, the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri has provided a safe and reliable environment for children in the Joplin community. The destruction of the May 22nd tornado, which destroyed 13 child care centers, didn’t change this legacy. The Club was one of the few centers left with the capacity to provide emergency child care in the weeks following the storm. The Tuesday following the tornado, the Boys & Girls Club opened its doors for free emergency child care, despite the death of three members and six staff personnel losing homes.

Club members assist with donations.

Immediately, the Club …

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CSS “Accessible Homes” Joplin Recovery Fund Update

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Consumer Beth Coleman, right, and support staff, Chelsey Burleson, left, smile for a photo in the dining room of the new CSS duplex.

Community Support Services of Missouri was one of many organizations directly impacted by the May 22nd tornado. In addition to destroying their main office building, activity center, and transportation vehicles, the storm also affected 119 individuals in their care, 26 of whom required new permanent housing, some with physical disability. In response to this need, CSS purchased a duplex property to renovate for consumers still struggling to find appropriate housing. Partial funding provided by Community Foundation of …

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Applications Open for $2.5 Million Joplin Housing Grant Cycle

Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri is accepting grant applications for tornado related housing repairs and rebuilds in Joplin and Duquesne. The application process is open to 501(c)3 and other IRS-recognized non-profit and charitable groups, such as faith-based organizations.

Apply online at: www.formstack.com/forms/CFO-cfswmotornado. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.

Grant applications for other tornado related projects will be considered on an ongoing basis.

This grant cycle is made possible by the generosity of donors to the Joplin Recovery Fund, the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, and The Home Depot Foundation.

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YMCA “Children of the Storm” Joplin Recovery Fund Update

After the May 22nd tornado, which destroyed nearly half of Joplin’s child care centers, the Joplin Family YMCA responded with the decision to provide care for the community’s infants at its Heritage Youth Development Center, a child care facility which previously did not provide care for children under the age of two. Providing emergency care for infants inspired the Y to offer a long term infant care unit at Heritage. A grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri’s Joplin Recovery Fund made that possible.

The Tuesday following the tornado, the Joplin Family Y made the decision to open their doors …

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Butterflies on 15th and Main

 

 

The class of St. Mary's Catholic elementary students singing "Don't Worry, Be Happy!" at the dedication

It began in September 2010 as the second phase of the Art in Public Places project. However, after the May 22, 2011 tornado that destroyed 8,000 homes, 400 businesses, and killed 160 residents in Joplin, Missouri, the “Butterfly Effect: Dreams Take Flight” project was forever transformed into a community’s hands on work of art and healing.

The first Art in Public Places Project took place last year in April 2010 with the unveiling of the mural in Joplin City Hall, painted by Anthony Benton Gude, …

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