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Letter from the Editor Hello Springfield and Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great time ringing in the New Year. If you hadn’t heard, on December 30th, we held the Inaugural Eve of the Eve Masquerade Ball at University Plaza. A good time was held by all as we celebrated and recognized many of our CARES members and area supporters. We would like to personally thank everyone for coming out to our event and those who continually support Springfield Metro CARES. We wouldn’t have been able to successfully put on this event or produce a magazine each month without each and every one of you. As we begin 2014, we are excited for what the future holds. New members, more events, and continued growth are just a few of the many things we have to look forward to. In this month’s issue, we are excited to welcome Bass Pro Outdoor Fitness Festival as a new member. We also have event coverage of Victory Trade School’s Taste of Victory, which celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2013. You’ll also notice that we’ve added a new section to CARES called “The Power of One.” The inspirational stories found within this section highlight the impact one person can have within not only a nonprofit, but within the community as well. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of CARES and wish you the best as you bring in the year. Sincerely,

Kaitlyn Jaeger Contributing Editor

Ron Penney

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Happy New Year, my friends, Happy New Year from all of us at CARES to all of you! It has been a tremendous year for us as we have added so many new nonprofits to our membership as well as hosting our very first signature event, The Eve of the Eve Masquerade Ball! As we continue into 2014 you can count on seeing more events to benefit our members in an effort to help them increase funding as well as increasing public awareness of the great work they do for our community. In addition to the new members and events we are also working to increase our reach in Springfield and the surrounding communities. If you're a business owner and would like to share our magazine with your visitors please email us: and we will add you to our distribution list.

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empowering women

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Springfield Metro CARES welcomes new member What is your mission? The Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival celebrates fitness, health and wellness, outdoor adventures, and wildlife conservation in the beauty of the Ozarks. Our goal is to help people get and stay active. What kind of volunteer opportunities do you offer? Each activity associated with our events has a call for volunteers. We utilize the skills of close to 1,000 volunteers throughout all of our events. People can help us make packets for runners, set up and take down events, serve the runners, walkers and bikers out on their courses, work at our finish line areas, provide community information, and more. How can someone get involved? Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks coordinates most of our volunteer efforts. Contact Rebecca Moore at for more information. You may also contact our offices at Specifically, who/how do you help in the community? We are a series of not-for-profit events designed to help people get and stay active. We work with local training groups to help people accomplish their goals. We have several Official Charities who are the beneficiaries of our events: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and the Ozark Greenways. In addition to our Official Charities, we have Partner Charities that use our events for their benefit; they can utilize our courses, food, finish line festivities and so forth while having people participate on their behalf. These charities change from year to year but our 2013 charities were Isabelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, OneSole Purpose, Girls on the Run SoleMates, and Champion Athletes of the Ozarks. Youth for Christ also ran with us in 2013 as an unofficial charity.

wanted to be around for her as she grew up- he needed to get healthy and trained for our 5K as he made other healthy changes in his life; the couple who run together all over the US as a way to grow together; the family that never used to be active but trained for the marathon relay as a way to share healthy time together; the local bank that values their employees enough to pay for their entry into our events for the past several years; the woman with a steel rod in her leg that was told she would never run and has now run with us every year; her energy and love of life are amazing If you could thank one person/business in the community that has shown that they CARE, who would it be and why? It would have to be Bass Pro Shops as they are the main sponsor of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival. For years they have financially and personally supported the efforts of the Fitness Festival. Without the commitment of Bass Pro Shops Corporate Offices as well as our local Bass Pro Shops Store, we would not be able to accomplish our goals. Any upcoming events? We have our Rock4Kids Paint the Run on April 26th. Kids can choose one of four distances in this color run. Our fall events start in September and culminate in November with our Marathon Weekend, October 31November 1.

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Brooke is also an amazing representative within the community. She makes time to not only serve on numerous committees within CPO, but she also makes time to serve on numerous other committees within our community. From being instrumental in starting and coordinating the Ozarks Food Harvest Backpack Program, to implementing

the Lunch Buddy program at several Springfield Public Schools, Brooke's true positive impact can be seen through all those that she serves. Her dedication and commitment to her work, her family, and her faith shows through each day. No matter what, Brooke always has a kind word or uplifting story to provide to coworkers, friends, family, and the families she serves. Her positive, compassionate, and kind attitude shows in each task of every day. For that reason, Brooke Ash is the CARES A)')->%;.1!%"3%BC?D:

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Nonprofit Leadership Award Winner:

Victory Trade School Due to her inclusive leadership style, the school continues to flourish. Victoria deeply values the input of her team of colleagues and empowers those around her to develop in the areas in which they lead – thus, causing the organization to become stronger.

As the founder and president of Victory Trade School, Victoria has invested over a decade of her life into activating the vision of VTS – “transformed lives impacting the community by education through social enterprise.” In !"#!$%!&' ()' *++,-' ./0#(&/1' %!213' 4!5!6("/32' .7 8' unique, hands-on model of education for nontraditional learners that included social enterprise, thus teaching her students to give back to the community. She planned, developed, and opened Victory Trade School and its 9(0/16'!3#!&"&/9!'6!1&3/32'61%(&1#(&/!9-'7:!';((<89'=!##6!-' and The Branch Bistro & Catering. She led VTS through accreditation with NCS-CASI, certification with the Missouri Department of Higher Education, through the Title IV process with the US Department of Education to accept Pell grants, and the Student Exchange Visitors Program to allow foreign students the opportunity to study at VTS. Years later, the school has evolved into an accredited post secondary institution of higher education with #>(' 9(0/16' !3#!&"&/9!9?' ./0#(&/189' 6!14!&9:/"' :19' 9!#' #:!' precedent for years of success – for both Victory Trade School and its graduates.

Outside of Victory Trade School, Victoria is active in the community, locally and nationally. In 2011, she accepted the national Hope and Effective Compassion Award from World Magazine on the behalf of Victory Trade School, and in 2012, Victoria was chosen as one of 10 Faces of Diversity by the National Restaurant Association. She also serves on the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education Proprietary School Advisory Committee and the Editorial Review Board of Rescue Magazine. She is also the Senior Consultant for Social Enterprise for the Associsi s ation of Gospel Rescue Missions. Victoria has served as cutive b cut boa d forr tthe h Community the president o off tthe exec executive board nte in Pr P og o gra gr g ram ((CASP). ASP AS SP P S Alternative S Sentencing Program She is a g iie Betterment e Association, member of the N North Springfield gf Commercial Club, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the American Culinary Foundation, and she has 9!&5!4'19'1'$!3#(&')(&'@&A&B'C3/5!&9/#B89'D($!3'E39"/&ing Student Enterprise. Perhaps most importantly, the once “at-risk” students who graduate from Victory Trade School often choose to “pay forward” their opportunity by attending local colleges, working in local businesses, and donating their time and talent into community causes. 7:A9-' ./0#(&/189' 6!14!&9:/"' /9' "&(4A0/32' 9!6)F9A))/0/!3#-' conscientious citizens. These attributes of leadership and community involvement have led Victoria Queen to become the 2013 CARES Nonprofit Leadership Award Recipient.

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MO, serving on the school board, and running the Christian Associates Thrift Store. By the &'')*+?" ;4+-" 1%2-!" >5.@4!2" -#" #$%" /57-/" 7$-<#%." 5=" A-+#%." Seals and moved on to become the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). While at BBBS Lisa started the annual event which is now known to our community as Taste of the Ozarks. Starting with a small budget and serving a limited number of children, BBBS grew to serve over 1000 children annually in the Ozarks, expanding service to Branson, Joplin, & Monett; as well as engaging Missouri State 8!43%.+4#0" -!9" #$%" 75BB6!4#0" #$.562$" #$%" ;6!7$" C6994%+" program, After-School Mentoring, and bringing to the area the Amachi program (serving children with an incarcerated parent). After retiring from BBBS, Lisa launched and is currently the Executive Director of Wish I May, an organization providing Happy Birthdays for economically disadvantaged children in the community and she also serves on the board for Lost & Found Grief Center. Because of his involvement in athletics Charley and Lisa are /5!2D#4B%" +6<<5.#%.+" 5=" E4++56.4" F#-#%" 8!43%.+4#0" #$.562$" donations to multiple sports programs and local teams across the Ozarks, whether that be through sponsorships, new shoes, uniforms, or team dues. In addition, they support the arts through the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts where Lisa currently serves on their board.

This year the CARES Legacy Award recognizes Charley & Lisa Slavens; a couple who exemplify what it means to truly CARE in our community. Charley & Lisa have consistently given back for many years and when you look around you can see the impact they have made in the lives of thousands of people. !"#$%"&'()*+",$-./%0"1%2-!"+%.34!2"56."756!#.0"4!"#$%"8!4#%9" States Marines and worked his way up to the rank of Major. He was recognized in the Marines for his exceptional performances in fast pitch softball, where in 1973 he set the record of 660 strikeouts (including 12 no-hitters and one perfect game) and since active duty he has served as the Chair for the Marine Cryptologic Association. In 2003, he was inducted into the Maryland Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame; followed in 2007 with his induction into the Missouri ASA Hall of Fame.

G.5B" +<5.#+?" #$%" -.#+?" 7$4/9.%!*+" !%%9+?" -!9" +5" B-!0" 5#$%." great causes, Charley and Lisa Slavens have left a great mark on our community. Their giving nature and philanthropy continue to be great assets to our community and they are truly a living legacy for Springfield and the Ozarks. Going forward, this award will be named the Charley and Lisa Slavens Legacy Award. We thank them both for all that they have done and continue to do. Our community is a better place because of how much Charley & Lisa Slavens CARE!

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January has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, looking forward to the future. It's a fresh start, a chance to be better.

behavior or in thinking-pattern will be resisted. "The brain is wired to seek rewards and avoid pain, including fear," Williams says. "When fear of failure creeps into the mind of the goal setter it commences a demotivator with a desire to return to known, comfortable behavior and thought patterns."

A 2013 report in the Washington Post says at least half of all Americans make a new year's resolution. Their goals typically center on healthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; losing weight, exercising, and making better life choices.

In other words, it is much easier to do things the way we've always done them, even if those old ways are ineffective or outdated.

January is also a great time for organizations to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the upcoming year. Aiming to be better, healthier, and stronger is a goal for which every organization should strive. While well-known authors and trainers have popularized goal setting, there is strong evidence that most people and organizations fall short of achieving their goals. In fact, research shows that 80 percent of resolutions are broken within one year. There are many reasons goals and resolutions are never achieved. One reason is that goals often involve change, and change can be particularly difficult. Ray Williams, author of Breaking Bad Habits, says our brains are protective, and goals that require substantial change in 18

Another reason goals are not achieved is because they are often unrealistic or unattainableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;cast in the image of perfection. And when goals are not reached, people have a sense of failure and disappointment, which further affects their ability to perform. So is the answer to forget making resolutions or setting goals? Not for most of us. John Norcross, a professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton, found that people and organizations that explicitly set goals are 10 times more likely to attain them than equally motivated people who do not. It's been said that he who aims at nothing hits it every time. Rather than make no goals for fear of failure or fear of change, I offer four broad, attainable goals that every organization should strive for in 2014:

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1. Improve your organization's transparency and accountability Members of the community trust nonprofits to handle donations and to do the work that needs to be done. That trust is nurtured through acts of transparency and accountability, but is destroyed through acts of secrecy and deception. • Publish and distribute an annual report that includes important information such as year-end financial statement, major donors, board members, program successes, etc. Annual reports come in all shapes and sizes. Some are slick, full-color publications with impressive photography and graphic design. Budgetstrapped organizations can produce a much smaller, simpler document that communicates the essential elements. If necessary, it can be a simple one- or two-page black/white document or a PDF posted on your website. • Conduct a financial audit. Financial audits tell the world (including your stakeholders) you are serious about fiscal excellence and accountability. An examination of your records, accounts, and practices demonstrates to current and potential donors your commitment to managing contributions with care. Independent audits, those conducted by a CPA not affiliated with the organization, can be quite costly. An alternative for smaller organizations with tight budgets is to have a "remote audit," which means that the auditors conduct the audit without a site visit. Another growing trend is to have CPA/auditors provide a financial statement “review.” A review examines the financial statements but does not conduct an examination of the nonprofit’s internal controls.

2. Improve employee retention rates Retention has long been a major concern for nonprofit organizations. Employees' hours are long, the pay is small, and the pressure can be immense. Increasing employees' pay and benefits may not be an option. But there are cost-effective steps every organization can take to elevate employee morale. One of the easiest ways to improve employee retention is to create a workplace culture of understanding and compassion. Don't fall into the trap of treating your organization's clients with more dignity and respect than you show your own employees. Allow employees time off for important activities, and be flexible so they can attend to family issues and other personal needs.

And don't forget to remind your employees how much they mean to your organization. Those who feel valued and needed are much more likely to stay around than those who feel unappreciated.

3. Be a better listener Nonprofit organizations cannot function without the support of and input from the community. When we take time to listen to various voices throughout the community, we can learn how to be stronger and more effective. • Listen to the public: What do other nonprofit organizations in the community think about your work? How could you be a better partner? How does the general public feel about your organization's brand? Find out answers to these questions by conducting focus groups, online polls, and paper surveys. • Listen to your own people: Make sure you are asking your own employees, volunteers, and board members for their ideas and input on a regular basis. • Listen to experts: There is a lot to be learned from others. In addition to the mountain of information available on the Internet, read books, attend conferences and workshops, and meet with colleagues every chance you get. You are sure to gain some valuable information that can help your organization.

4. Make new community connections Many times, families receive help from multiple agencies; housing, food assistance, education, and medical. So it only makes sense that nonprofits work in partnership whenever possible. Make it a goal to form new connections with other organizations— even if your missions don't perfectly align. Meet their leaders, learn about their programs, and see if there is a way to collaborate rather than compete. There are many ways to lock arms with another organization. It might be possible to form an alliance, sharing administrative resources within the same building. Or maybe you could assist one another through trainings and staff support. Or it could be something as simple as having coffee once a month with other industry professionals to talk about common challenges and opportunities.


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“This scholarship has really motivated me into becoming a better student in class and also a better man outside of class. Receiving the scholarship was amazing because it made me feel like someone really believed in me.” -2012 B.E.S.T. Scholarship recipient.

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Learn about and complete a living will and durable power of attorney for health care. Notary service will be provided. This class is hosted by Cox Hospitals and will be held at Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital, Ozark Room. This class is free. To register or for more information please call 417-269-3616 or 1-888-3543618

The Jordan Valley Community Health Center is hosting a Table Cooking Class: Stone Soup Cooking. The event is free. If you have any question please call 417-864-1667.


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8#,,"&2+/%&9:#;,;,&2;#< Making music is one of the best ways to connect people. At the Queen City Ukulele Club, players both new and experienced, young and old enjoy meeting to share new tunes, plan performances, and learn ukulele songs. We meet each month on the third Tuesday of each month at ;@$A#)0#56%(/78"9&#B:2(-<#C&.(22(+/#(2#,%""<#'+%#.+%"# information call 417-881-1373 or email Anisa at anisa@ !"#$%&'()*+, #-.-/+. !"#!$%&7= | 5pm

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THE POWER OF ONE The Impact of Financial Support on Students In philanthropy, we often talk about impact. When we think of impact, we often think in terms of the number of people who will be served when we make a gift, receive a gift, or volunteer our time. It feels good to know that every dollar is being stretched to reach more people and do more good in our community. And, it is important to know that your financial support will go a long way. Serving a large number of people is a great thing. Too often, we don’t think of our support in terms of the big impact it can have on one person. Not so much the power of one, but the power to one. The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools serves thousands of students, nearly 25,000, each year. The financial and volunteer support to the Foundation does go a long way and can make a difference in the lives of students for many years. But, when we stop and look at the impact we have on just one, one student or one teacher, we can truly see how the generosity of each person who gives can really touch the lives of the people we served. I’m going to introduce you to George. In 2008, George received a scholarship from the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. He had big dreams from the time he was a boy in the Ukraine, about pursuing higher education. His older siblings had not gone to college, but George knew he wanted to. He was 12 years old when his family moved to the United States. He learned English quickly in order to keep up with the other kids in the honors classes he was taking. He always enjoyed math, art, and coming up with new ideas. And, in his junior year of high school, he knew he wanted to become an architect. “The thought of being able to create spaces that change the way people feel and experience the world thrilled me,” recalls George. George lost his father at the age of 13. His family had no money to send him to college, but he was determined not to

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give up on his dream. He began to apply for scholarships, and fortunately for George, he received the Foundation’s biggest scholarship for $10,000 a year. “If it wasn’t for this scholarship, there is absolutely no way I could have entered the architectural program at Drury University.” In a sense, George’s experience truly embodies the power and the impact of just one. But, it doesn’t end with one, it continues. Today, George is an architect at Sam A. Winn & Associates. He graduated from Drury University Magna Cum Laude. He followed his dream and will go on to make a great impact on many others. With one gift, from one person, we can impact thousands of students. We do this everyday through scholarships, classroom grants, and direct financial support to schools that provide educational opportunities for students. We can also impact one student. That impact, the difference in the life of just one, can be the greatest impact of all. Written by Natalie Murdock, Foundation for Springfield Public Schools.

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THE POWER OF ONE Juanita Finds Hope Through BCFO

Giving Help & Hope to Families Impacted by Breast Cancer

Every individual that seeks assistance from Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) is invaluable to their friends, families, and the community. BCFO seeks to reduce the physical, financial, and emotional burdens of breast cancer, so individuals can experience hope and healing. Each story of how breast cancer has affected one’s life is different, and the hope that those individuals receive from BCFO can be life changing. This is Juanita’s story: Juanita has always been a person who takes care of others. Whether it is her foster kids, her four grandchildren, or her own disabled son, Juanita’s true passion has alwayas been caring for children. During her time as a foster parent, she cared for over 30 children. But when she discovered she had breast cancer in May 2012, she realized she was now the one who needed help. “The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks came to my rescue,” states Juanita. After discovering that her health insurance would not cover her medical bills, Juanita didn’t know where to turn. Juanita’s doctor then referred her to Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, where she learned about the services they were able to provide. BCFO helped to pay her taxes and house payments, provide a wig, and assist with gas money and car repairs so she could make the trips back and forth to treatment. “My experience with BCFO has been fantastic! I have always been very independent, and when I was unable to care for myself, BCFO was there for me. I could not have survived without them,” shares Juanita. After undergoing a lumpectomy, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, Juanita is currently in remission and happy to return to taking care of her family. Juanita made a pact with her sisters to live a long life, just as their mother did, who died at age 92. She is grateful for BCFO and says “Without BCFO’s help and support, I might not have been able to make it to 92.” She plans to lead and participate in a variety of cancer

fundraising projects in the community this coming year. “After having eight people in my family die from cancer, and after personally experiencing the disease, I want to do anything I can to help.” says Juanita. Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks is a resource for individuals and families in southwest Missouri and the four-state region impacted by breast cancer. BCFO provides: Financial assistance to those in treatment for breast cancer Emotional support through support groups and a mentoring program Free Mammogram Screening Program to promote early detection Educational programs focused on prevention and early detection Lymphedema Garment Program for the uninsured and under-insured

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THE POWER OF ONE The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild Since 1997, The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild has been helping Harmony House, Family Violence Prevention Center, in a variety of ways. When Harmony House moved to its present location, the Quilt Guild volunteered to decorate a room in the new shelter. Afterwards, the Ozark Piecemakers decided to adopt Harmony House as an ongoing project. For over sixteen years, the Guild has generously given to the women and children who reside at Harmony House. In addition to cash donations, it provides in-kind donations throughout the year, such as personal care items. The group inquires of the donations coordinator what items are needed most, purchases them, and delivers the goods to Harmony House. The beautiful quilt work created by the Piecemakers during their meetings is generously shared at least twice a year with Harmony House residents. In addition, the Guild helps with life skills, by offering sewing classes. Christmas is a special time of sharing for the members of the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild. The money raised by members at the Guild Christmas Party is matched by the organization and generally results in about $1,500 used for the survivors of domestic violence. And, instead of a gift exchange, members donate Christmas gifts to residents. From the money raised, Guild members are able to shop for specific gifts for the women and children of Harmony House. The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild features Harmony House on their website, and comments, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a Guild, it is rewarding to know that we are helping to make a difference in the lives of other women and children.â&#x20AC;? At Harmony House, we definitely agree that they do make a difference! When a resident receives a quilt made with the labor of love, detail, and compassion, they realize people in the community care about their circumstances and it provides encouragement for the women of Harmony House to make needed changes in their lives. Thank you, Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild, for all you have done through the years!

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Meet Lunch Buddies Tad and Nicholas... as told by Big Brother Tad

In my experience as a police officer, I have had the unfortunate opportunity to deal with young men under negative circumstances many, many times. I soon realized that the common issue facing nearly all of them was the lack of a good mentor early in their lives. I decided the best way to have an impact was to become involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and be that good mentor for someone in need. My first meeting with Nicholas was at his school through the Lunch Buddies program. He was very shy and quiet at first. In fact, he only said a few words during our first meeting and rarely made eye contact. I knew that Nicholas had been raised entirely by his mother and had some very negative experiences with adult males in the past. I also knew that he had behavior issues and getting to know him would be a challenge. After receiving a few one-word answers to several questions, I asked him about his favorite book (we were eating in the library). He immediately went to the shelf and picked up the Guinness Book of World Records. From there, we moved on to books about the universe, plants, and a variety of other science-relat-

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Celebrates National Mentoring Month The Value of Mentoring At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. Think back. Did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job? Simple things that seem easy or straightforward to you now may appear to be a complete mystery to a young person. Mentors (Bigs) provide their mentees (Littles) with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations. Support for Education s-ENTORSHELPKEEPSTUDENTSINSCHOOL s 3TUDENTS WHO MEET REGULARLY WITH THEIR MENTORS are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters). s -ENTORS HELP WITH HOMEWORK AND CAN IMPROVE their menteesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; academic skills. Support in Action s -ENTORS HELP IMPROVE A YOUNG PERSONgS . self-esteem. s!BOUTOFATEENAGERgSWAKINGHOURSARESPENT without companionship or supervision. s-ENTORSTEACHYOUNGPEOPLEHOWTORELATEWELLTO all kinds of people and help them strengthen communication skills. Support in the Workplace s -ENTORS HELP YOUNG PEOPLE SET CAREER GOALS AND start taking steps to realize them. s -ENTORS CAN USE THEIR PERSONAL CONTACTS TO HELP young people meet industry professionals, find internships, and locate job possibilities. s -ENTORS INTRODUCE YOUNG PEOPLE TO PROFESSIONAL resources and organizations they may not know.


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The Grapevine The month of December was full of hustle and bustle throughout the nonprofit community. Here are just a few of the happenings from the holidays! DCO completed another very successful season of wrapping at their Gift Wrap Booth at the Battlefield Mall. Volunteers and shoppers alike celebrated their purchases for that special someone with ribbons and bows! Christmas “lights” were a popular item for gifts through Isabel’s House, which benefited their organization. In addition, they welcomed Stephanie Skornia as their new development manager. Stephanie comes from the ‘world of volunteer work’ at Cox South NICU cuddle therapy, Council of Churches-Safe to Sleep Department, and was the president of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Parish Council. Lost & Found Grief Center wrapped up their end of the year campaign and released two very moving PSA’s. Check out their Facebook page or catch them on TV to see these great pieces. Looking for a way to give back to charity and also help with your taxes? All gifts to 501(c)(3)’s are tax deductible; however, when you give $100 or more to CASA, Isabel’s House, or Pregnancy Care Center, you qualify for the Champion for Children Tax Credit (providing up to a 50% credit). This credit was passed in 2013 in honor of Senator Norma Champion and the work she did in Missouri for children. If you are interested in volunteering in our area, visit our website! We are the only place in the Ozarks where you can sign up and our members will contact you with opportunities that you might be interested in. Visit today to get your resolution to give back started for the New Year! If you would like someone or something highlighted in the Grapevine, contact Matthew Evans, Director of Membership and Sales, at

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Getting Your Finances Back on Track after the Holidays With long dark hours, cold weather, and holiday bills rolling in, it's not surprising that many of us may feel a bit blue at this time of year. If you're experiencing the financial blues, there is plenty you can do to get your finances back on track and feeling better about the future.

Assess, Plan, Pay Some consumers have been avoiding their credit card statements and logging onto their bank accounts as the January financial blues set in. The first step in dealing with holiday expenses is to assess the amount. Open statements, log on to bank accounts, and balance the checkbook. This way you know exactly what you’re dealing with. Make a plan of how you will pay off your items. There is often a psychological strategy to repayment plans. Pay down the debt with the biggest interest rate, or select a small debt and pay it off. This gives a sense of accomplishment and can serve as motivation to finish getting rid of holiday bills.

Set Goals Most people spend extra during December, and the reality of expenditures start to set in with the new year. This may be the time for set some financial goals. The beginning of the year is a good time to review all of your costs to see if you can trim some of your expenses.

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Feel Sense of Accomplishment After weeks of gleeful holiday spending, now is the time to reassess your budget and set realistic financial goals for the year to come. Make sure your goals are attainable and relevant to your specific situation. You will feel great when you start seeing what you’ve accomplished.

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he most empowering resource we have is being a woman,” says Vanessa Halloum. She discovered that on one of the happiest days of her life, the day they laid her off as a VP of Marketing in the corporate universe. She had been using masculine principles in her work that were contrary to her feminine nature. This contradiction–between managing like a man and seeking spiritual development as a womancaused an imbalance that felt like she was living a double life. Now Vanessa helps other women learn how to harness their feminine strengths and become successful entrepreneurs while living happy and fulfilling lives. Her book, The 5 Feminine Power Virtues, has won multiple awards and was a finalist in the Women Issues Category of the 2012 Best Book Awards. Most of all, it teaches women what Vanessa learned about: how to use their natural gifts to pursue their passion.

Male Competition Versus Female Collaboration Dr. Nancy and Vanessa sat down to discuss how women and men differ in their approach to competition. “Women aren’t comfortable with head-to-head competition,” said Dr. Nancy, “because girls are taught to be nice and pretty.” Vanessa agreed and credited her husband with teaching her how to apply masculine forthrightness in business. She told a story about how her husband convinced her to ask for more money when applying for a new job. She tried it and, to her amazement, she got the higher salary.

“Women tend to hold back unless they are 100% sure of something, while men will forge ahead when they are even 10% certain. And,” Vanessa says, “men can be so positive in their assertions, they will convince everyone to believe them. However, women will eventually burn out if they use masculine energies in every-day activities. If we look at nature, there is a lot more collaboration than competition.” Vanessa pointed out how birds flying a pattern all know to turn left at the same time. Dr. Nancy agreed that being connected and using those connections to empower each other is our strongest feminine gift.

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Women in Need of the Ozarks thanks all the individuals and area businesses that supported our organization in 2013. We extend a special thanks to our new partners Reliable Chevrolet, Elite Mercedes and Infiniti of Springfield for their generous gift of a van that we were able to present to a deserving working woman. With the help of people such as Randall Hargis and Brent Singley of Reliable Chevrolet, as well as many others, we were able to help over 50 women and their families during their time of crisis.

Thank you for allowing us to continue with our mission.


Photos By: Skylar Brown & Miles Boyer


Resolve to Make a Difference This Yearr It’s that time of year again, the beginning of a new year. Following a season of thankfulness and giving back, most of us are beginning to think about what we would like to change in the year to come. However, if you’re like us, you have long given up on New Year’s resolutions. Too many years of declaring all of your grand intentions only to give up and sheepishly walk away in February, just lead to disappointment. Why are New Year’s resolutions so hard to keep? Simple: Change is hard. Most resolutions involve quitting something harmful, such as smoking or overeating. If these changes were easy to accomplish, we would

Give Blood One pint of blood is enough to save three lives. This is astounding. Make a resolution to save multiple lives this year. By donating blood every other month, this goal is easily achievable. Plus you get a reason to eat a cookie.

Become Certified or Increase Your Knowledge Knowledge is power. Become certified in CPR or other valuable skills, such as babysitting, disaster response, or first aid. Just one class and you’ve achieved your resolution! Again, you’re welcome to gloat amongst your loved ones (you earned it), and now they are counting on you!

Make a Plan

have quit long ago. Other resolutions involve beginning something that’ll make us better, such as exercising or making more money. Whatever the resolution, they are all hard to keep and often leave us frustrated. It takes a daily commitment and the patience to start over when needed. This season, I would like to urge you to make a resolution you can achieve. The Red Cross offers four very easy, relatively quick and painless resolutions.

Donate Funds An average of $0.91 for every dollar donated to the Red Cross is invested in humanitarian services and programs. In 2012, approximately 70,000 disasters were responded to, and more than 7 million people received disaster assistance internationally. Resolve to make a difference and donate money either one time or monthly, if possible. Feel proud when you easily achieve this resolution and feel free to gloat in front of everyone you know. You earned it.

The resolution I hope you never have to be thankful you kept, but urge you to make, is to make a plan. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate “survive the Zombie apocalypse” plan, but just a simple “what do we do if our family is separated during a disaster” kind of plan. Download our free Red Cross app and use it to talk with your kids about where to meet, pick a contact outside of town for everyone to call, and discuss with your friends and family the importance and the existence of the Red Cross “Safe and Well” site. Scan our handy dandy QR code on this page and learn more about the Red Cross apps, or visit us online at Now go forth and make resolutions!

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Young Jansen Benefits from Equi-Librium Therapy Center Anytime a doctor gives you a diagnosis letting you know something is “not right” with your child, it’s hard. I remember when the doctor told us that Jansen had been diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The emotions you go through are unexplainable. I knew that Jansen was going to require therapy of all kinds, and a lot of it. We did therapy often; so often that he began to not enjoy it anymore. The problem was, I knew Jansen’s tightness, weakness, and lack of core strength was not going to go away anytime soon. We had to figure out something that would really benefit him, yet still be fun, like a sport or one of our activities. When Jansen was two, we heard about Equi-Librium Therapy and its program utilizing hippotherapy strategies. Hippotherapy would allow Jansen to receive therapy with a licensed therapist on a horse. Of course, we had to try it, and to this day we are still going once a week while sessions are in. This program means so much to me because, as I mentioned before, I knew Jansen was going to require a lot of therapy. As a parent, it is great to know that after five years, your child still has a huge smile on his face while being pushed to use muscles he struggles to use. The therapy sessions last for about an hour. After getting his helmet and belt on, he gets to practice walking to the horse. Once he mounts the horse, he goes into a variety of different positions. The movement of the horse causes him to work even harder on balancing, while stretching and working on his range of motion. They play a variety of games with Jansen, such as throwing things or hanging a ring on a pole as the horse walks around it. Let’s not forget the speech therapy involved. Jansen runs out of breath very quickly, which makes getting a sentence out harder than it should be. But while on a horse, Jansen seems to have plenty to say, not to mention his singing! I don’t know if it is the excitement of being on a horse that makes him work so hard, but what I do know is, as a parent with a child who doesn’t get to do all the things other kids do, his smile amazes me; especially when watching him work to improve on all the things he used to cry about. I recommend Equi-Librium Therapy not only for the above reasons, but also because of the staff. You often find employees that do a job because they have to. The staff at Equi-Librium is there because it is where their heart is. They are truly passionate about not only the program, but each and every rider involved in the program. I am so thankful that we found this program while Jansen was young. He has benefitted so much and his accomplishments are truly life changing. 45



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