Caring Communities


Caring Communities is one of 20 state-funded partnerships designed to leverage dollars at the local level while facilitating strategies that effectively support families and children and build safe, strong neighborhoods.

Caring Communities works in partnership with 14 Title 1 schools in Springfield. In these schools, we support and facilitate programs and activities that promote parent involvement and increase students’ academic achievements and attendance.  This includes activities such as after-school clubs and family involvement events, assistance though our community-based social workers, and support for mentoring and tutoring programs.

Caring Communities also provides technical assistance to city-recognized neighborhoods and neighborhood groups that are interested in achieving city recognition. Currently, Caring Communities works with more than 10 established neighborhood associations.  If your neighborhood is interested in more information about how Caring Communities can help, please contact David Greer or Eric Sutton at 888-2020, or e-mail them at or

Other neighborhood-based initiatives facilitated through the Caring Communities Initiative include Lead & Learn and Neighborhood on Track, the Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC), Neighborhood Organization Volunteer Awards (N.O.V.A.), and Neighborhood Night Out and National Night Out.