Doug Pitt hears statistics at a Chamber meeting from Morey Mechlin about the staggering poverty many of Springfield’s students face. Within 24 hours a fund is created to help alleviate this issue.
In the fall of 2007, founder Doug Pitt heard some sobering statistics about poverty in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. The growing trend of poverty was an unwelcome shock to the local businessman who had lived and worked in the community for over 40 years.
Doug shared the information with those close to him. Doug told about children living in poverty who had to share a toothbrush, a fifth-grade boy who was being made fun of because he had to wear his mother’s jeans and teenage girls missing school because of the lack of personal hygiene products.
Doug and those he talked with felt strongly that no child should suffer physically or emotionally due to lack of food, access to medical, dental or mental health care, or hygiene issues.
Within 24 hours, Doug called upon community leaders, including Jim D. Morris, and shared the same stories of children in need. Several responded immediately and before the end of the business day, a fund was established to meet emergent needs of students in the areas of health, hunger and hygiene. With this strong foundation and growing support from a caring community, Care to Learn was born in 2008.