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Project Excel Recruiting New Spring 2015 Cohort

Project Excel Recruiting New Spring 2015 Cohort
Project Xcel (Missouri Customer Service Program) is currently enrolling for their spring start date. We are looking for anyone between the ages of 17-21 or 16 and about to turn 17, have been in foster care in the state of Missouri at any time in their life, and have their high school diploma or HiSet/ GED. This program is a free 10- week training program at OTC, specifically related to the customer service industry. Upon…

Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative Works to Prevent Hoarding

Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative Works to Prevent Hoarding
Springfield, MO – Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Springfield Fire Department are pleased to present the Safe and Sanitary Homes (SSH) Collaborative to the community. The group was originally formed in 2013 to raise awareness about the impact of hoarding and severe squalor on our community and provide resources for those dealing with the serious issue. In May of 2014, the group was designated as a Community Partnership of the Ozarks Collaborative.  The…

Neighborhood Night Out Brings Together Residents and Police

Neighborhood Night Out Brings Together Residents and Police
Springfield, MO – Springfield residents will turn on their porch lights and get to know their neighbors at parks across Springfield during the 17th annual Neighborhood Night Out. Eight neighborhoods will host free crime awareness and community building activities from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 22nd. Neighborhood Night Out is an annual event that is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness while strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to turn on…

CPO Brings Skater and Speaker Mike Smith to Springfield Public Schools

CPO Brings Skater and Speaker Mike Smith to Springfield Public Schools
On May 13th and 14th 2013, Community Partnership of the Ozarks collaborated with Springfield Public Schools to bring in skater and national speaker Mike Smith to town.  Smith, a native to Imperial, Nebraska, has been speaking professionally for the last five years and has been a youth outreach worker for over 10 years.  He is the founder and executive director of a  non-profit called THE BAY and its offshoot, Skate For Change (SFC).  Both are…

Author Visits Study Middle School

Author Visits Study Middle School
Students at Study Middle School got a special treat this week when author Margaret Stohl, co-author of the "Beautiful Creatures" book series, stopped in and paid them a visit.  Stohl's visit was put together by Study's Middle School Librarian, Teresa Young, who wrote a grant through the Springfield-Green County Library District to host the author. Young facilitates three of Study Middles Community Partnership of the Ozarks' Caring Communities clubs including the National Junior Honors Soceity…

Friday to be Downtown Event Series Kicks Off

Friday to be Downtown Event Series Kicks Off
(Springfield, MO) - Downtown Springfield will have a new series of events for youth this summer – FTBD (Friday to be Downtown). It will kick off with the Real Encounter stunt show on Friday, April 5, which combines elements and personalities of motorcycles, mountain bikes, Flatland BMX, the RE BMX Jump Team, and a DJ. Real Encounter performs its shows across the country at school assemblies, camps, and conferences for people of all ages. The…