The goals of the Giving Circle are to:
(a)Make a difference in the community by contributing time, talents, and monetary resources.
(b)Encourage community among ourselves and those we serve.
(c) Educate and increase awareness of local needs.
(d)Encourage self-sufficiency and well being among those in need.
(e)Promote volunteerism and effective philanthropy.
(f) Build a network that is a catalyst for positive change.
In November of 2012, we made our inaugural grant totaling $ 2,300. The grant was awarded to two area charities.
* $ 600.00 was awarded to the Court Appointed Special Advocate program (CASA) of the 36th specialized training for volunteer advocates of children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. These volunteers act as the voice of the child in all court proceedings and provide advocacy for the child until he/she is placed in a permanent home.
*$1,700.00 was awarded to the Child Concern Center for the purchase of a freezer, washing machine and dryer, and cabinetry for storage space. Child Concern Center exists to help low-income families with clothing, food, utilities and other emergency items. Their major source of income is a clothing thrift shop. The washer/dryer is used to prepare donations for the shop and the freezer enables them to store food for distribution.
After growing the organization’s membership, in November of 2013 we awarded grants totaling $ 3,523.00. The grants were awarded to FOUR different agencies.
*CASA again received $600.00 for training volunteers. Judicial Circuit. This money provided
*$693.00 was awarded to Haven House for purchase of four heavy- duty bunk beds. Haven House is a residential and support center for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.
*$630.00 was awarded to the Ozark Family Resource Agency (OFRA). OFRA provides a range of support services for children and families in crisis. This grant was used to purchase anatomical dolls to be used in the interview process with children in abuse cases.
*$1,600 was awarded to Recycling Grace Women’s Center. The center is a new residential facility providing a safe environment and support services for women seeking recovery from addiction. This money was used for partial funding of kitchen appliances for the women’s living quarters.