With the approach of an extreme winter-weather event and crisis cold-weather shelters in need of volunteers, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation made emergency grants totaling $23,500 to help provide additional staffing at Springfield shelters.
The grants, made to Community Partnership of the Ozarks, will help fill the gap of volunteers with temporary part-time staff through a partnership with Penmac Staffing, as well as support the operations of the cold-weather shelter hub at Grace United Methodist Church, 600 S. Jefferson Ave. CPO serves as Springfield’s coordinator for crisis cold-weather shelters and works with a number of churches and other nonprofit agencies that provide facilities to house unsheltered individuals and families when overnight temperatures fall below 32 degrees.
The Musgrave Foundation granted $10,000 in emergency support. The CFO granted $8,500 from its emergency grantmaking fund and an additional $5,000 from the Thomas H. and Josephine Baird Memorial Fund.
“When need suddenly arises, we’re grateful to have such a close relationship with the Musgrave Foundation to be able to respond with coordinated funding,” said Brian Fogle, CFO president and CEO. “We recognize that these grants are a short-term solution and encourage anyone who has a passion for helping others to seek out volunteer opportunities at cold-weather shelters.”
More information about Springfield’s crisis cold-weather shelters, including how to volunteer, can be found at cpozarks.org/programs/ccws/. Secure online donations to the CFO’s Emergency Grants Fund can be made at cfozarks.org/donate.
The Musgrave Foundation, established in 1983, is a private charitable foundation managed by U.S. Bank Wealth Management. The Musgrave grantmaking committee is chaired by Rob Baird and includes Emily Bowen-Marler, Thomas J. Carlson, Ferba Lofton, Danny Perches, Peggy Riggs and Thomas Slaight, with support from CFO staff members Bridget Dierks and Ashley Fleming.