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CFO, Commerce Trust Co. present $105K in poverty grants

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The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Commerce Trust Co. will present $105,000 in grants at 2 p.m. today to 12 regional poverty organizations in southern Missouri, according to a CFO news release.

The grants are part of the 2011 Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program presentation, which will take place at Commerce Trust Co., 1345 E. Battlefield Road.

This year's awards focus on hunger and backpack programs. More than $500,000 in requests were reviewed, according to the release.

Funding highlights:
  • Sigma House of Springfield will receive $7,000 to aid clients with treatable medical or dental conditions in Greene, Christian, Taney, Stone, Barry, Lawrence, Dade, Webster, Polk, Dallas and Douglas counties.
  • Faith Community Health in Branson will receive $7,500 to provide for approximately 400 additional patient appoints in Stone and Taney counties.
  • Children's Smile Center in Ozark will receive $6,000 to provide dental screenings for an additional 450 children in Christian and Stone counties.
  • Cardinals Care, the St. Louis Cardinals' community foundation, will receive $5,000 to provide food and clothing for children and training for social workers in the Clinton School District.
  • The southwest Missouri chapter of Newborns in Need Inc. will receive $3,000 to provide services for sick and needy babies and their families in Douglas, Laclede, Ozark, Webster and Wright counties.
  • Carthage Crosslines Ministry will receive $2,500 to help buy a new freezer to increase food storage capacity.
  • Southwest R-V School District in Washburn will receive $13,000 for for its backpack program.
  • Gift of Hope Inc. in Forsyth will receive $6,000 for its backpack program serving Taney County students.
  • Weaubleau R-III School District will receive $15,000 for its backpack program, which is run by teen volunteers.
  • Halfway R-III School District will receive $16,000 for its backpack program.
  • Ozark County Community Foundation, a Gainesville affiliate of CFO, Gainesville R-V School District and the Ozark County Ministerial Alliance will receive $14,000 for a weekend backpack program.
  • West Plains Christian Clinic, which provides health care to patients without insurance, will receive $10,000 to renovate and equip a room in the clinic.
Julia Coover, who worked at Commerce Bank for 30 years, established the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor her husband's memory. The grant program began in 2003 and has since provided a total of 194 grants worth $2.6 million to fight rural poverty, according to the release.[[In-content Ad]]

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