Children’s Charities

A Sporting Chance

A Sporting Chance provides a stimulating sports and recreational atmosphere that allows individuals with disabilities or disadvantages to have a chance to benefit from the physical, psychological and social advantages provided by a quality sports program. A Sporting Chance will use funds donated by the Price Cutter Charity Championship Presented by Dr Pepper to support the programs we offer on a year-round basis. Tournament funds allow us to serve over 2,300 individuals with 7 weeks of basketball, 7 weeks of track and field, 7 weeks of softball, 7 weeks of golf, 7 weeks of bowling and 7 weeks of volleyball. Without the funds generated by the tournament, A Sporting Chance would not be able to provide these programs.

Ambassadors for Children

Ambassodors for Children meets the needs of abused and neglected children in the Ozarks through the provision of new clothing, tutoring, duffel bags filled with hygiene items, and items & activities that enhance the self-esteem of local foster children. Their Adopt-a-Caseworker program also fulfills the needs of abused and neglected children by matching child protective caseworkers with community groups. Since its inception in 1999, Ambassadors for Children has served over 8,000 local children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18.  We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield

The Boys & Girls Club of Springfield is a local affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America – the nation’s oldest and largest organization with a primary mission of service to youth from at-risk circumstances. By providing one-on-one relationships with caring adult professionals and fun, age appropriate programming, the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield nurtures young people’s self esteem and instills a sense of belonging, competence and usefulness. Funds received from the tournament will support operations at our three Springfield units.

Burrell Children and Youth Services

The Autism Center is committed to helping identify and build on the strengths of children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through comprehensive evaluation, treatment planning, education, and supports. The Autism Center provides a comprehensive array of services individualized to the needs of the child and family.

Camp Barnabas

Camp Barnabas offers childhood experiences to kids who have been robbed of them by disease or disability. Each summer, Camp Barnabas provides encouragement for hundreds of campers, empowering them to live more fully through faith. Funds from the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper allow Camp Barnabas to present scholarships to families in need, so that children with high medical needs may enjoy a week of summer fun that would otherwise not have been possible.

Cardinals Care Foundation

Cardinals Care has distributed more than $11.5 million to area organizations that support kids. Funding comes from Cardinals players, the team’s ownership group, local businesses and most importantly, Cardinals fans. One of the main programs supported by Cardinals Care is Redbird Rookies. Redbird Rookies is a baseball league for kids who otherwise might not be able to play. This special league, sponsored by Cardinals Care, provides kids with uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment, as well as extensive off-field support in education, the arts, mentoring and health.

Champion Athletes of the Ozarks

Champion Athletes of the Ozarks is an athlete-driven program established to enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities living in the Ozarks through sports training and competition, building self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills. The tournament allows Champion Athletes of the Ozarks to provide sports programs all year to create a positive atmosphere, teach decision making skills, team skills, appropriate behaviors, life skills and a feeling of success. These skills are necessary for those in our program to be successful in work and at school and to be more productive citizens in our community. In addition, the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper provides the organization’s athletes with numerous job training opportunities; and in 2007 allowed Champion Athletes of the Ozarks to add a fourth reading class for the individuals they serve.

Champions Committed to Kids

Champions Committed to Kids is dedicated to giving Kids, who are fighting a serious illness, a chance to be part of a local sports team. The kids draw hope and inspiration from the athletes and give the athletes a true inspiration.

Chances of Stone County, Missouri

Chances of Stone County, Missouri provides programs intended to give area individuals living with developmental disabilities more rewarding lives and promote community acceptance and inclusion. To meet these goals, Chances hosts events at convenient community locations and facilitates a mentoring program.

The Children’s Smile Center

The Children’s Smile Center is a nonprofit dental facility serving MOHealthNet recipients between the ages of 1 and 19 (as well as pregnant mothers) in Christian and Stone Counties. This community-led effort began in 2006, and now sets more than 80 new patients every month on the road to better dental health.

Christian County Family Crisis Center

The Christian County Crisis Center is here to help by providing services and resources to women and children seeking a life free from abuse. We do all we can to provide resources to those in need.

Convoy of Hope

The Convoy of Hope provides disaster relief by building supply lines and sponsoring outreaches to the poor and hurting. During an outreach, Convoy of Hope distributes free groceries, organizes health fairs and job fairs and provides activities for children. Convoy of Hope is currently feeding 125,000 children in nine different countries. In the United States, COH provides food for families devastated by weather related disasters. In the Ozarks, they pair with other local charities to keep food pantries well stocked.

Dogwood Ranch

Dogwood Ranch is currently made up of two foster homes in the Ozark area. Combined, they care for approximately a dozen teenagers each year. What we will become, is a community of many foster homes, living in one piece of property, run by qualified and committed “house parents” who will provide stable and love-filled homes for these young people to grow up and mature in. Ultimately, our goal is to walk these kids through their adolescence into their adulthood.

Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks

Founded in 2006, the DSGO is an organization made up of a committed group of parents, professionals and other interested parties dedicated to creating an extensive network of support for individuals with Down syndrome and those who love and serve them in Southwest Missouri. Its mission is to help individuals with Down syndrome become successful by providing support and education to loving families. We also are striving to bring awareness to early intervention services, promote inclusive education, highlight appropriate medical services, encourage quality employment opportunities and advocate for community awareness and acceptance.

Feeding Inc.

Previously known as River Street Food Pantry, Feeding Inc. is a charitable nonprofit organization devoted to feeding the hungry and changing lives to impact our community. In Jasper County, 17.7% of the population does not know where they will get their next meal. We serve approximately 400 families a month by appointment, which includes older adults with limited income and families with children that are food insecure. Every Wednesday, we serve a hot meal and give out a food box to 80-100 clients. While they are enjoying a hot meal, we get the opportunity to speak hope, build a trust relationship with them and give directive counsel that has the potential to change their lives. Also, during the summer months we have a program called Kids’ Cafe. Kids’ Cafe feeds kids a free lunch Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Changing lives changes communities and River Street Food Pantry is meeting a need in this region.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes

FCA challenges coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America. In Springfield the FCA hosts events for students grades 5-12 to enjoy. Funds from the tournament allow FCA the opportunity to expand their event offerings in order to reach a greater number of students in the area. Funds are used directly to provide bands, food, speakers and other resources.

Fordland Clinic

Fordland Clinic is a non-profit community health center serving the community’s health needs since 1996. Their mission is to provide medical, dental, and mental healthcare access to area residents, no matter their income or insurance status.

Habitat for Humanity of Springfield

Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Missouri is to eliminate substandard housing in Greene County. Habitat for Humanity serves the low-income population who are ineligible for a traditional home mortgage. The program helps families overcome a large financial obstacle and in many cases ends a generational cycle of poverty housing. Funds from the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper have in the past helped put 10 children into safe, decent, affordable homes.

The Heart of the Ozarks Junior Golf Foundation

The Heart of the Ozarks Junior Golf Foundation works to raise funds to get SNAG (Starting New at Golf) into the hands of kids in the 36 Springfield elementary schools. There are more than 7,000 children in these schools that now have access to a proven method to learn golf using modified equipment while being active and having fun.

The H.O.P.E. Foundation

At The H.O.P.E. Foundation, it is our goal to help families suffering from pediatric emergencies by assisting financially in ways local and national foundations, charities and insurance agencies won’t cover. We also will work with the family to ensure they are utilizing all resources available to them in their time of tragedy and trauma. Since the inception of the H.O.P.E. Foundation, we’ve received requests to offset costs…for rent/mtg payments, medical travel, to help towards costs to repair vehicles for travel to and from doctor appointments, to help pay partial funeral expenses and many others. There are so many unforeseen expenses that come with pediatric emergencies. We want to bridge the gap and make a difference in the lives of families facing a pediatric emergency.

The H.O.P.E. Foundation serves 22 counties in southwest Missouri, including Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Laclede, Lawrence, Oregon, Ozark, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright. The Chamber of Commerce defines these counties as being in the Springfield Economic Area and they are the counties serviced by Springfield hospitals.

Kiwanis Clubs of Springfield

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

The heart of Kiwanis is the individual club which becomes personally involved in making its community a better place in which to live. The heart of the club is the people who make the organization what it is. Our club is what it is because of the character and ethics of the individuals who have contributed greatly of their time and talents through the years. Kiwanis Club of Ozark Empire, the second club to be formed in Springfield, Missouri, was founded on November 21, 1949 and received it’s charter from Kiwanis International on January 4, 1950.

KLife Polk County

Polk County KLIFE is a youth ministry focused on mentoring, coaching, and discipling today’s teenagers. This is accomplished through events, Klub, and small groups that build relationships centered on the Gospel. Although KLIFE began as a follow-up ministry for Kanakuk Kamps in the 1980s, the ministry has grown to reach both Kanakuk campers and students who do not attend Kanakuk. KLIFE is not financially supported by Kanakuk. KLIFE has about 40 chapters across the country and a local board governs each individual chapter. Polk County KLIFE’s annual operating budget includes operating costs, staff salary and benefits, staff housing, local outreach activities, and administrative costs. These costs are covered solely by the donations of area families and businesses.

KLife Tri-Lakes

KLIFE is a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of discipleship and fellowship for youth and their families. Through a variety of activities (klubs, small group Bible studies, mission trips, ski trips, and monthly events), KLIFE kids grow in their faith and have lots of fun in the process. They learn that following Christ and discovering His plan for their life is the most exciting adventure of all and that they can count on friendship and support from leaders and peers who care. KLIFE works alongside churches and families in the community to teach and encourage kids to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. All events and activities focus on encouraging and training teens to make good choices, study, and work and play hard to achieve a physical, mental and spiritually balanced body. 

Landan’s LegOcy

Landan’s LegOcy is a tribute to Landan Mark Bland, who passed away at the age of 3 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. His family turned their loss into a positive through this non-profit by helping other families whose children are battling cancer. The Mission of Landan’s LegOcy is helping children and their families on their journey through and beyond childhood cancer. Raising awareness through friendship, fellowship, and fundraising. Caring for the needs of few by the generosity of many to make each day special for all.

The Missouri Junior Golf Foundation

The Missouri Junior Golf Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the best interest and true spirit of the game of golf throughout the State of Missouri to and for juniors ages 10 -18. Tournaments for all juniors players, regardless of skill sets, are available at a minimal cost to the participants. These events include one day tournaments called the Hieronymus Juniors Series which concludes with a Series Championship, and multiple day events such as the Ken Lanning Championship, the Junior Match Play Championship and the Junior Amateur Championship. These tournaments provide a platform for the junior player to develop their skills, learn to play competitive golf and develop a love of the game and thorough knowledge of the Rules of Golf. Additionally, Rules of Golf Seminars are provided for high school golf coaches and their players coupled with teaching skills from some of the best known golf instructors in the State of Missouri and the MGA works closely with the Missouri State High School Activities Association and their Golf Championships.

Missouri State University Foundation

The Missouri State  University Foundation develops an environment that promotes giving and therein seeks, receives, manages and distributes resources in a manner appropriate to support programs of instruction, research and public service of the University. Funds from the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper are used for the Bears Assisting Youth (BAY) program. The BAY program provides opportunities for Ozarks area youth and community charities to attend Missouri State Athletics events free of charge. The BAY program allows kids to experience and enjoy the atmosphere of collegiate sports while learning about leadership, teamwork and other positive attributes.

Music Therapy of the Ozarks

Music Therapy of the Ozarks has this mission: Providing the Healing Power of Music Throughout the Lifespan by Offering Funding Assistance and Building Community Awareness. In essence, it exists to provide funding assistance for anyone who could benefit from music therapy. This includes seniors living in skilled-nursing facilities, patients in mental health and medical settings, and individuals with special needs.

MU Alumni Scholarship Fund — Ozarks Chapter

The Mizzou Alumni Scholarship Fund provides scholarship dollars to southwest Missouri high school graduates who go on to pursue degrees at the University of Missouri.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides education programs to youth organizations and schools about prevention of suicide in children, youth, adults and seniors and reducing the stigma attached to mental illness. In 2007, over 50 suicides were completed in Greene and surrounding counties. Ninety percent of individuals that complete suicide have a mental health diagnosis.

Project Hope

Project HOPE is an inter-denominational service organization dedicated to meeting the immediate physical needs of the impoverished people, while sharing with them the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Rare Breed

Rare Breed is a youth drop in center operated by The Kitchen, Inc. We help keep kids safe and off Springfield streets. We’ve served homeless and high risk disconnected youth for over a decade through our Street Outreach Drop-In Center and Transitional Living Apartment Program. Through working with us, hundreds of youth have set goals, achieved stability, completed education, become employed and moved forward in their lives.

Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks

Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks provides lodging, hope and comfort for families of seriously ill and injured children who must travel far from home for medical treatment. Its mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children in the Ozarks. The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper provides critical program support for the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks. It allows families of seriously ill and injured children to have a home away from home during their child’s treatment, home cooked meals each evening and the friendship and emotional support of our volunteers and staff, and other families.

Shriners Hospital Dads

At Shriners Hospital Dads, the funds raised from participating in this golf tournament will allow the Abou Ben Adhem Hospital Dads continue to provide safe and efficient, no-cost travel for patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children. These funds will be used for maintenance and fuel costs for the van fleet, so that the Shriners may continue to help families who may not be able to afford the travel necessary in order to receive treatment at the region’s pre-eminent orthopedic hospital.

Silver Dollar City Foundation

The Silver Dollar City Foundation seeks to serve by partnering with pastors, ministry leaders and other Christian leaders to provide for communities a variety of Christian programs and services. Its mission is building “Christ-Like Communities…So Nobody Stands Alone.” The Silver Dollar City Foundation serves Stone and Taney Counties. Proceeds from the tournament will assist Care For Kids, a program dedicated to meeting the needs of area kids. Care for Kids is a major project with $500,000 committed over a five year period.

The Southwest Center for Independent Living

(SCIL) mission is to promote a barrier-free environment for all disabilities through public education and advocacy for social change, and to provide a full range of independent living services which will assist each in meeting his or her goals for independence. SCIL has been serving southwest Missouri since 1985 through advocacy, attendant services, ramps, home modifications, assistive technology, life skills classes and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Special Olympics Missouri

The Special Olympics Missouri-SW Area provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with mental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the community. Special Olympics Missouri-Southwest Area plans to use money donated through the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper to expand their program in areas where individuals with disabilities do not have the opportunity to participate. In 2007, the organization provided training and competition to over 1700 athletes in southwest Missouri.

Springfield Advocates for Youth (SAY)

Springfield Advocates for Youth is a group of area professionals who volunteer their time to help local at-risk youth get their lives back on track.

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board strives to provide the very best in parks and recreation facilities, programs, events and services to our community. In doing so, we will make a positive impact on the overall quality of life, health, environmental, social and economic aspects for our resident families and visitors alike. Tournament proceeds generated on behalf of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Springfield Lasers World Team Tennis Franchise benefit the Park Board’s Scholarship Fund, helping income-qualifying local kids play sports, go to summer camp and participate in other Park Board programs designed to build skills and confidence while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

St. Jude-Mercy Affiliate

Through collaboration with the team at St. Jude in Memphis, the physicians and staff of the St. Jude Mercy Affiliate Clinic make it possible for children battling cancer to receive exceptional treatment, close to home.

The Arc of the Ozarks

At The Arc of the Ozarks, the mission is to support individuals with disabilities in directing their own lives as valued members of the community. The Arc believes every person should have the opportunity to achieve the highest level of independence. The funds from the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper directly benefit the 700 individuals helped each month at the Arc of the Ozarks. Programs such as the Arc’s Saturday Recreation program help children to improve social and other vital skills, and enjoy local attractions such as the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Discovery Center, Wonders of Wildlife and Fun Acres.

The First Tee of the Ozarks

The First Tee of the Ozarks’ mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The donations First Tee receives from the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper go directly to provide exposure to the game of golf for over 7,000 inner city children who attend the organization’s camps every summer.

The Summit Prep Academy

The Summit is a private school with the mission of inspiring the joy of learning in students. A stellar faculty facilitates individualized learning through smaller class sizes and integrated curriculum. Parents support learning at home by reinforcing classroom concepts and participating in extracurricular experiences. Students are encouraged to reach their full potential and are celebrated for their achievements and excellence. Through inquiry-based learning and project-driven curriculum, students take responsibility for their own learning and become active participants in their school, local, and global community. The Summit offers programs for three-year-old to 12th grade students, as well as extracurricular and summer programs which are open to the community.

Whetstone Boys Ranch

Whetstone’s mission is to “sharpen the character of young men by modeling the life of Christ, mentoring them through authentic relationships, imparting the love of creation and teaching the joy of work, thus equipping them to be servant-leaders in their families and communities.”

White River Valley Electric Foundation

The White River Valley Electric Foundation’s mission is the accumulation and disbursement of funds for charitable purposes in Taney, Stone, Christian, Douglas and Ozark counties. This is accomplished by disbursement of funds to individuals and organizations for food, shelter, clothing, health needs and education. Disbursements annually to individuals are limited to $2,500 and $10,000 to organizations. In six years, the Energy & Education Pro-Am has generated more than $180,000 to benefit the White River Valley Electric Trust. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded more than $735,000 in college scholarships to students in Douglas, Ozark, Christian, Stone and Taney Counties.

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