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CFO issues first grants from Let’s Get to Work Fund

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. is issuing its first Let’s Get to Work Fund grants.

Springfield Business Development Corp. was chosen for the largest grant, at $60,000, in the $275,000 grant round, according to a news release. The Let’s Get to Work Fund, announced last month, seeks to assist workers and job seekers who face transportation barriers that affect their ability to get hired or to maintain their current jobs.

The SBDC, a subsidiary of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, plans to use its funding to assist current employees or job seekers of businesses located in the 14-county service area of United Way of the Ozarks.

Coalition of Charities, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the Drew Lewis Foundation, Help Give Hope, Ozark Action Inc. and the Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. were each tapped to receive $30,000 apiece to assist workers in the Springfield area, according to the release.

Additionally, the Texas County Food Pantry received $15,000, and Live 2 Give Hope and Missouri Ozarks Community Action received $10,000 apiece.

The Let’s Get to Work Fund opened last month with a $375,000 commitment from the CFO, donors David and Stacey O’Reilly, and the O’Reilly Charity Golf Classic Fund, plus another $25,000 in anticipated commitments, according to past reporting.


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