We work with two Official Charities in preparation of our events: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and The Ozark Greenways, Inc. Both organizations haved helped to make our events possible. The Ozark Greenways helps manage the Greenways where our runners and walkers frequently train and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks makes the impossible possible by managing all event volunteers. These groups are an integral part of the success of our events and valuable team members. Each group is a beneficiary of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival.
Our 2014 Partner Charities will be running, walking and biking with us to raise money for their charities while raising awareness of their purpose. We hope you will consider participating on behalf of a charity or making a donation to support their efforts in our community.
NAMI- National Alliance On Mental Illness
We are a grassroots, not for profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services people impacted by mental illness. Our grop in center provides support groups and other activities for individuals with mental illness that help them work toward recovery. Our services include family education and support groups and community education programs that aide in breaking down stigma and discrimination. Additionally, we work with the state to provide a Peer Support Warm Line so that people in need have a direct line to get help at almost any time of the day, 365 days a year. We are the vocie on mental illness for SW Missouri.
Our mission is a total commitment to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness, both persons with these brain disorders and their families. This includes providing needed programs, information, services, support and referrals.
Running, walking or biking with us will help us to continue to reach out to our community to increase knowledge and understanding of mental illness, improve access to quality care, services, treatment and opportunities, eradicate stigma and discrimination.
For more information, visit www.nami.org. Help us make a difference in Springfield; improve the lives of people impacted by mental illness.
Isabel's House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks
In 2007, the Junior League of Springfield identified a need for a safe refuge for children when a family is in crisis. Together with amny community partners, Isabel's Houe, the Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, was developed. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, families work with advocates to create a plan that will adress their needs and help end the crisis. Our mission is to provide immediate refuge for children ages birth to 12 whose families are experiencing crisis. By patnering with families and the community, we strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Our services are vital to our community as currently, in Missouri, a child is abused or neglected every two hours.
We seek to provide normalcy to kids whose families are in crisis so we keep them on a schedule that includes school, homework, play, art projects, regular bedtimes and more. We want them to feel at home so Isabel's House is a home. We have trained staff that care for all of the children. Our participants report an 80-90% overall success rate in resovling their stressful situations.
Running, walking or biking on our behalf helps us to continue to serve the children and families of the Ozarks. For more information about Isabel's House, please visit www.isabelshouse.org.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks
For more than 21 years, Community Partnership has been addressing emerging needs and issues in Springfield and the surrounding area. We work with 21 counties in Southwest Missouri and our programming and services are diverse: after school clubs and academic enrichment, parent involvement, housing and homeless prevention, social work and crisis intervention, parent education, substance abuse and violence prevention, financial literacy, youth mentoring and neighborhood revitalization. Our goal is to address community issues in a holistic manner, bringing people together to create workable solutions to our problems.
Our mission is to facilitate and promote the building of resilient children, healthy families and strong neighborhoods & communities through collaboration, programming and resource development. To accomplish our mission, we operation off of several principals:
- Integrity- doing the right thing
- Compassion- putting people first
- Teamwork- we can do more together than alone
- Creativity- imagination and courage to act make a strong impact on our community
- Collaboration- partnerships with others eliminate duplication of services
- Excellence- we strive to always provide the very best service and quality
For more information and to help our mission through walking, running or biking, visit us at www.commpartnership.org.
Convoy of Hope
Since founded in 1994, Convoy of Hope has served over 55 million people throughout the world through international children's feeeding initiative, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. We are guided by our mission and our core values. We have played an integral part in serving our community and our neighbors in time of need. We give people confidence that God sees their need and wants to provide direction and purpose for their lives. Running, walking or biking for us helps us to keep serving others, helping them understand that they will not be alone in their times of need or suffering.
Our core values are directly related to our faith: love, dignity, service, excellence, integrity, advocacy, unity, support, partnership and hope.
Contact us at http://convoyofhope.org for more information.
OneSolePurpose exists for the purpose of restoring hope and God-given dignity by providing basic necessities, like shoes, to those currently in need. OneSolePurpose is currently partnering with individuals, churches and businesses to provide new shoes to the 5700 children in the Springfield Public Schools Title1 elementary programs by encouraging the adoption of a single child, classroom, grade, hall or entire school. They are raising funds to meet the need for their fall 2014 delivery day. Their vision is to see individuals, churches and businesses come together to support the schools and children in need in our community.
Contact information: Dan Wells and visit our registration website.
For more information on OneSolePurpose, visit www.onesolepurpose.com.
Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri
Girls on the Run is an innovate health education and wellness program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with life-changing, self-esteem enhancing lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle in 8-12 year old girls. Girls on the Run uses the experience of training for and running a 5K race to show girls that anything is possible. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
SoleMates are a team of both male and female athletes who raise money for Girls on the Run while training for an athletic event of their choice. SoleMates set personal goals, such as running a marathon, to raise critically needed funds that ensure we can serve girls in our community. More than half of the 500 girls that participate annually need scholarship support to participate in the program. Being a SoleMate is also a great opportunity to give girls an example of healthy living while providing you, a SoleMate, with motiviation to train! By becoming a SoleMate, you are doing much more than achieveing your personal fitness goals! You are demonstrating your true commitment to the values we are instilling in girls: celebrating their physical and emotional health and transforming the way they see themselves and their opportunities. Sign up today to be a SoleMate and let your love of running make a difference in the life of a local girl!
For more information on how to register to be a SoleMate, visit our website, gotrswmo.org and click on the SoleMates link under the Get Involved tab.
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
Mission- To Build self –esteem, self-confidence and everyday life skills therefore enhancing the lives of children and adults with disabilities through education, sports competition and new opportunities. Champion Athletes of the Ozarks has a focus on wellness and fitness. A large majority of their athletes have poor balance, coordination and muscle tone. Participation in wellness and fitness activities is something they work into the everyday lives of their program participants. Running for Champion Athletes of the Ozarks makes you a Champion in the eyes of all the kids and adults with disabilities within this program.
Contact Information: Susan Miles, 417-890-1599; email@example.com
For more information about Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, visit www.championathletes.org.