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CPO Nominated for Small Business Award

CPO Nominated for Small Business Award
Five area businesses including, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, were finalists for the 2015 Small Business Award presented by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce May 6 during its annual award event. The award is determined by written applications scored by an independent panel of judges and has been presented by the Chamber since 1992. The application consists of written essays covering the topics of company history, business or management philosophy, response to challenges, innovative products…

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…

Missouri Kids Count Launches New Website for State and Local Data

Missouri Kids Count Launches New Website for State and Local Data
  Anyone looking for data on the welfare of children in Missouri now has easier access to that information.  This month, Missouri Kids Count launched its new website which highlights indicators and county rankings, provides a searchable database of Missouri Kids Count data since 1993, and plays host to data reports and research papers. Missouri Kids Count is a partnership between the Family and Community Trust (FACT), the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the University of Missouri Office of Social and Economic…

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…

Responsible Beverage Service Support Program Kicks Off

Responsible Beverage Service Support Program Kicks Off
Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Underage Drinking Task Force launched the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Support Program on Tuesday. The RBS Support Program is designed to publicly recognize Greene County alcohol retailers implementing RBS practices. Examples of RBS practices include properly checking for fake/false IDs used by minors to purchase alcohol, and promoting designated driver/alternative transportation for customers who have been drinking alcohol. By implementing RBS practices, alcohol retailers help to decrease risky drinking and…

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…

Kindergarten Camp Registration Now Open

Kindergarten Camp Registration Now Open
According to the 2013 Community Focus Report, at least 1 in 5 children enter kindergarten in Springfield unprepared. Community Partnership of the Ozarks is focused on increasing school readiness among our children, and this year we are partnering with Springfield Public Schools to expand our Kindergarten Camp program to serve more children in their home schools and with their future teachers. In its 6th year, Kindergarten Camp is a one-week, hands-on pre-kindergarten program for four…

Affordable Housing Locator Launches to the Public

Affordable Housing Locator Launches to the Public
Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield unveiled a new affordable housing locator to the public Thursday.  The website, TheAffordableHousingCenter.org is part of the Springfield Affordable Housing Center’s efforts to remove barriers for citizens seeking safe, decent and affordable housing.   The website gives citizens FREE 24/7 access to real-time available properties in Greene, Christian, and Webster Counties.  Currently, there are more than 2,900 rental units in the database with an average…

CAN Collaborative Unveils Action Plan

CAN Collaborative Unveils Action Plan
In 2012, in Greene County alone, there were 5,795 children reported to the child abuse and neglect hotline, according to the MO Children’s Division Annual Report (CY 2012).  Child abuse and neglect has also been flagged multiple times by the Community Focus Report.  To address this critical issue, Community Partnership of the Ozarks formed the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Collaborative, which is made up of nearly two dozen organizations committed to preventing child abuse…