Banks raise $8,770 for Care to Learn (Bolivar Herald-Free Press)

Posted on November 24th, 2017

Banks raise $8,770 for Care to Learn

Nov 22, 2017

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During the biannual October Battle of the Banks, area banks duked it out to raise $8,770 for the Bolivar Care to Learn chapter.

Representing Bolivar banks at the November R-1 school board meeting are, from left, Alma Lindsay, Bank of Bolivar; Anna Presley, Bank of Bolivar; Janieca Hancock, Mid-Missouri Bank; and Matt Henenberg, Farmers State Bank.

Lori Wooten Nominated for “Giving Thanks in 2017 Volunteer List” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Posted on November 24th, 2017

Giving thanks in 2017: Lori Wooten

Lori retired from the St. Charles School District in 2014 and was immediately asked by our superintendent to spearhead the fundraising efforts for a program we partnered with, Care to Learn. Care to Learn provides immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger and hygiene so every student can be successful in school. Care to Learn-St. Charles would not be anywhere near successful without Lori’s brains, drive, compassion, ferocious personality and overall heart. Lori’s efforts have contributed to raising over $143,000 over the last three years resulting in helping St. Charles School District students nearly 9,000 times. This past gala held at Ameristar on Oct. 28 was our most successful event to date bringing in over $20,000 more than the previous year. Every dollar made goes directly back to our students. Lori is the heart of Care To Learn-St. Charles and without her, our students would not be as successful. She is a servant, a staple within the St. Charles community, and has a heart of gold.

—Nominated by Ellen Heitzig


Care to Learn chapter receives major donation (The Monett Times)

Posted on November 24th, 2017

Care to Learn chapter receives major donation

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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The Care to Learn chapter in Monett, now in its second year, received a jump-start recently with a $15,000 donation from Nadine Cavner, who made a similar gift last year to start the program. Lacey Berry, left, the new Care to Learn liaison, accepted the donation from Cavner, who made the gift in honor of Tristan Fertig, who was present with his dad, Gary Fertig, right. Care to Learn is a not-for-profit foundation providing funds for emergent needs in health, hunger and hygiene, acting quickly. EFCO Corporation held a fundraiser for the organization. Last year the chapter held a Chuck the Duck fundraiser at basketball homecoming and other smaller events, such as a 5K run and a Parents Night Out, giving parents a place to drop their kids for an evening to themselves. For additional information, people may call Berry at 417-354-2168. Murray Bishoff/[email protected]



Ozark Rotary presents checks from BBQ & Bingo event

Posted on November 18th, 2017

Ozark Rotary presents checks from BBQ & Bingo event

Ozark Rotary BBQ check presentation 11-2017 CTLOZ

During the Nov. 8 meeting, the Ozark Rotary Club presents checks of $2,100 to each to the charities that benefited from the club’s Eighth Annual BBQ & Bingo event held in September. The charities included I Pour Life, Least Of These and the Ozark Cares, Ozark Care to Learn and Freedom’s Rest. Pictured from top holding the checks are, Stephanie Anderson with I Pour Life; Kristy Carter with Least Of These; and Michelle Lindsey with Ozark Care to Learn and Ozark Cares.




Citizens Bank contributes to LR Care to Learn chapter

Posted on November 16th, 2017

Citizens Bank contributes to LR Care to Learn chapter

Citizens Bank check presentation 2017 CTLROG

Citizens Bank of Rogersville president Brian VanFossen, left, presented Logan-Rogersville’s Care to Learn chapter with a $5,000 donation, funded by the LR Spirit debit card program during its annual Care to Learn chapter meeting Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Logan-Rogersville High School Library. Accepting the check on behalf of Logan-Rogersville Care to Learn is LR Primary School counselor Angie Harrell.


Care to Learn – Ozark brat sale raises $4,000

Posted on November 16th, 2017

Care to Learn brat sale raises $4,000

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By: Amelia Wigton, Editor [email protected] @ameliawCCHN 

Nov 7, 2017

If you’ve ever wondered if your support of a Care to Learn chapter in Christian County makes a difference, this letter from a child in the Ozark School District should give you your answer.

“What it means for me to get a backpack full of food makes me feel happy that people care about students and other people enough to provide essential things that I and other people need. But I’m also sad that I have to get that backpack because it means that my family is struggling and that makes me sad. But just getting that backpack makes me feel cared for.”

Michelle Lindsey, Care to Learn Ozark chapter liaison, has received many letters like this and said everything raised by Care to Learn goes directly to helping kids.

“As our need has increased — we helped over 16,000 times last school year — so has our need to raise funds to meet those needs,” Lindsey said. “We will likely spend well over $85,000 this year just making sure students have plenty to eat on the weekends and over extended school breaks.”

One recent fundraiser was a brat sale, thanks to Murfin’s Market in Ozark and Johnsonville’s World’s Largest Grill.

“We raised $3,700 in brat sales and Murfin’s is going to add to that to bring our total to $4,000,” Lindsey said. “That is huge! Thanks to the efforts of our community, we far exceeded expectations. Special thanks to everyone that stopped by to eat and all of our volunteers that grilled, served and delivered … Lots of credit — although they humbly don’t seek it — goes to Murfin’s Market for their ongoing commitment to our kids. It’s important to note that Murfin’s has supported us since the year before we became a Care to Learn chapter. Often Chuck Murfin Jr. delivers our food personally.”

Lindsey said the funds will immediately be put to use, providing weekend food backpacks to over 200 students every week, especially with the extended Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks ahead.

“As we head into the winter months, we will continue to need our community to help through our Hands of Hope campaign,” Lindsey said. “We hope our community will check out our website, or Like us on Facebook to learn how they can continue to stay involved.”


Murfin’s Market to host fundraiser for Ozark chapter of Care to Learn

Posted on October 22nd, 2017

News-Leader staffPublished 6:58 p.m. CT Oct. 21, 2017 | Updated 9:25 p.m. CT Oct. 21, 2017

Murfin’s Market in Ozark will host Johnsonville’s “World Famous” Big Taste Grill on Friday, Oct. 27, to benefit the Ozark chapter of Care to Learn.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a fresh-off-the-grill Johnsonville bratwurst, a bag of Lay’s chips and a Coca-Cola for only $3 at the fundraiser. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with 100 percent of the sales going to support the local chapter.

Care to Learn is one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in Missouri with a mission to provide immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger and hygiene so every student can be successful in school. Care to Learn has grown to 32 chapters, from southwest Missouri to St. Louis and from Kansas City to Cape Girardeau.

Seymour Care to Learn chapter launches kickoff event

Posted on October 21st, 2017

To keep residents informed about the new Seymour Care to Learn chapter, a community launch event was held Friday, Oct. 6, at the Seymour YMCA.

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Community members learned more about Seymour’s new Care to Learn chapter, a nonprofit organization which seeks to meet health, hunger and hygiene needs for children, during its community launch event Friday, Oct. 6, at the Seymour YMCA.

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Boots and Bling: Above and Beyond

Posted on October 19th, 2017

Boots and Bling: Above and beyond

Second annual event raises more than $40,000 for Care to Learn Nixa.

Chloe Skaar/Headliner News | Updated 3 weeks ago

The second annual Boots and Bling event managed to outshine the first — which was no small feat.

Last year, the inaugural event raised $28,000 for Care to Learn Nixa. On Sept. 16, Boots and Bling 2017 raised over $40,000.

Nixa Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith said the sizable profit reflects the community’s growing heart.

“We have a very caring community across the board and they seem to always step up to the plate and deliver a base hit when you present to them a true need,” Kleinsmith said. “And, in this case, we have been able to articulate and touch the hearts of many in regards to young people struggling for better health, hygiene and taking care of hunger.”

The credit, Kleinsmith said, goes back to the community and its character. For the second year in a row, the event far exceeded expectations. The hope for future growth continues.

“You can always find ways to continue to improve if you put in the time, energy and creative juice,” Kleinsmith said. “There’s not a whole lot of room (left) for growing that profit margin — I think we’re close to maxing out with this event, but I say that hoping to be proven wrong next year.”

Kleinsmith said expanding by another $12,000 could be a lofty goal for next year’s Boots and Bling, but he doesn’t think the community’s interest — and donations — for the “wonderful event” will cease.

Community members interested in the prosperity of Care to Learn Nixa are welcome at Boots and Bling. Tickets are $100 and proceeds, plus donations, all benefit Care to Learn Nixa.

Some guests donated items and prizes, which are raffled.

Care to Learn Nixa provides funds and supplies to assist local students with the proper health and hygiene they need to be successful in school. It provides vouchers for a variety of medical care and has a backpack program that sends students home on Fridays with a bag full of food for the weekend.

Annie Zimmerman, director of Care to Learn Nixa, said she and the planning committee — who began working out the event’s details in January — could not have been happier with the turnout. She’s received positive feedback from guests and supporters alike.

But the excitement is mostly for the students who will benefit, Zimmerman said. The increase in donations enables Care to Learn Nixa to serve students better, serve more students and make the program more convenient for students.

While some money will go toward piloting new projects, long-standing projects will get revamped.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the current school bag program,” Zimmerman said. “We want to try to use the healthiest food possible, but that can sometimes be more expensive. So we are hopeful this money will allow us to put the healthiest options in (the bags) to help students with nutrition as well.”

But, Zimmerman said, Care to Learn has its own supporters, too. And support for Care to Learn Nixa is support for students in need.

“Dave and Amy Koenigsfield, who allowed us to use (Laurel Arena) virtually free of charge, put in a tremendous amount of work; Amy is on the planning committee,” Zimmerman said. “They spend countless hours preparing. The venue itself kind of makes the event … (Care to Learn Nixa) is so grateful for all they do and their continuous support.”


Back to School youth rally to be held Aug. 18 at Lilly Ridge Church to Benefit Care to Learn – Gainesville

Posted on August 20th, 2017

The Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church of Gainesville will host a Back to School youth rally Friday, Aug. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. The evening will include prayers for staff, students and community as the new school year begins. Snacks will be served after the event.

Area churches are asked to encourage their youth to attend this event. Parents are also invited. Pastors will pray for specific needs with the young people. “We want to lift up not only the students but staff, administration and board,” said organizer Linda Hannaford of Lilly Ridge Church.

The event will begin with performances by the Teen Harvest Youth Band from Ava and 14-year-old Gracyn Blackburn, a freshman at Gainesville High School, followed by guest speaker, Davin Friend. The theme of the event is “I am a child of God” using Galatians 3:26 as the scripture.

T-shirts featuring the “I am a child of God” theme will be sold at the event, with all profits going to the Gainesville chapter of Care To Learn, a program designed to help students with health, hygiene and hunger needs. Youth sizes and adult sizes up to XL are $10 each. XXL and larger are $12 each. Drawings will be held for T-shirts, CDs and other items. For more information, call Linda Hannaford at 417-543-3359.

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