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Representatives from 18 agencies gather during an April 19 ceremony at Commerce Trust Co. in Springfield.
Provided by Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc.
Representatives from 18 agencies gather during an April 19 ceremony at Commerce Trust Co. in Springfield.

$262K in grants issued to area senior centers

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Nearly $262,000 in grants designed to assist rural senior centers in the area were issued on Tuesday.

The Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. presented the grants to 18 agencies during a ceremony at Commerce Trust Co. in Springfield, according to a news release. CFO administers grantmaking for the Clayton-based Coover Charitable Foundation, which is managed by Commerce Trust Co.

The Alton Multipurpose Senior Center and the Care Connection for Aging Services each received $25,000, the largest grant amount made yesterday. The Alton center plans to use the funds to repair and replace flooring, while Care Connection intends to purchase a freezer to store meals for its 21 senior centers in west and central Missouri.

The other agencies that received funding, in alphabetical order, are:
• Butler County Council on Aging, $14,538 to buy a pallet jack and kitchen appliances;
• Cabool Senior Center, $8,561 to replace seating, add a security system and improve the welcome area;
• Cassville Senior Center, $13,571 to conduct outdoor improvements;
• Dade County Senior Citizen Center, $20,000 to replace flooring;
• Douglas County Council on Aging, $11,777 to make kitchen upgrades;
• Fun and Friends Senior Center, $12,038 to replace tile and carpet;
• Marshfield Senior Center, $2,300 to add new lighting and improved storage;
• Naylor Nutrition Center, $14,303 to upgrade the kitchen;
• Owensville Senior Center, $14,656 to improve restrooms and the parking lot;
• Ozark Senior Center, $14,422 to buy a new water heater, entry doors and phone system;
• Polk County Senior Center, $13,195 to replace a broken freezer and buy new equipment ;
• Ripley County Senior Citizens Club, $24,800 to buy two used vans for meal-delivery services;
• Salem Nutrition Center, $14,420 to buy and install a walk-in refrigerator;
• Waynesville/St. Robert Senior Center, $4,725 to repair an air conditioning system;
• Williamsville Area Association of Senior Citizens, $24,471 to upgrade the center's kitchen equipment; and
• Willow Springs Senior Center, $4,000 to replace tile flooring.

“Grantmaking from the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation is intentionally flexible to meet the emerging needs of our region,” said Jill Reynolds, senior vice president at Commerce Trust Co., in the release. “By serving as a social hub and offering nutritious meals, senior centers play such an important role in rural communities. We’re so glad to help these centers better serve the people who depend on them.”

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