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July 1, 2024

Grants target improvements to senior centers, variety of needs

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has granted a total of $19,500 from a group of endowed field-of-interest funds established by donors to support specific areas of need.

From the Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired Grant Program, Greenfield R-IV School District received $500 to support inclusive resources for deaf students, including books, teaching activities, and safety and education equipment.

From the Smith Atwell Girls Recreational Grant Program, Girls on the Run Southwest Missouri received $500 to provide high-quality running shoes to low-income girls in third through eighth grades in Greene County.

From the Wounded War Veterans Grant Program, Springfield-Greene County Park Board received $3,000 to support “Operation: Recreation ReEngage,” a free event at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Doling Family Center and Northview Center to provide recreational activities, foster relationships among veterans and honor prior service for wounded war veterans in southwest Missouri.

From the St. Francis Fund Grant Program:

  • Eden Animal Haven received $1,250 to assist with spay-and-neuter costs and to support larger-scale trap-neuter-return efforts in Springfield and Greene County; and
  • Rescue One received $1,250 to support low- or no-cost pet vaccinations, pet food, and spay-and-neuter assistance for families to support public health and safety in Springfield.

Finally, from the Hearld Ambler Fund for Senior Centers Grant Program:

  • Ash Grove Sunshine Center Inc. received $3,100 to replace laminate flooring and upgrade toilet fixtures in its restrooms;
  • Cabool Senior Center received $3,400 to support its renovation project, which involves building a covered pavilion and adding a barbecue grill for outdoor activities;
  • Cassville Senior Center received $1,500 to repair and replace drywall and apply new paint in its restrooms; and
  • Marshfield Senior Center received $5,000 to purchase and install a new range hood for its kitchen.

“We are grateful to connect the passions of our donors to nonprofits meeting very distinctive needs in our region,” said Winter Kinne, president and CEO of the CFO. “Field-of-interest funds are one of the many tools that we use to fulfill the charitable goals of our donors.”

Field-of-interest funds are established with the CFO by donors who wish to advance a cause that they are passionate about without designating the recipient. Several funds make single annual grants, while others — like those that support cancer patients and their families, such as the Paisley Collins Memorial Foundation and the Shelly Sachs Foundation — provide support throughout the year. For more information, visit

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