April 04, 2018
The downtown community is full of inspiring business owners, nonprofit professionals and volunteers with a passion for service. Looking to give back? Read on to find out more about some of the latest community initiatives in downtown Springfield.
Downtown antique destination A Cricket in the House recently started carrying potted plants (pictured) from Good Vibes Greenhouse, a project from educators Kim Patterson and Amy Reese. According to Patterson and Reese, the project combines their passion for plants and community service. Patterson and Reese, who both spend their days working with students with disabilities, have launched the project alongside Succulent Enterprises, their student-led business that teaches vocational skills to individuals with developmental disabilities. Swing by A Cricket in the House to pick up a plant of your own.
The Trolley Bike, downtown’s resident party on wheels, just launched Pedal For A Purpose, a new partnership to give back to local charities. The Trolley Bike plans to donate 10 percent of all gift certificate sales and tour booking fees to a different charity each month, starting with Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield in April. Find out more about Pedal for a Purpose here.
United Way of the Ozarks improves lives in our area by doing two things: ensuring that children are fully prepared to succeed in school and life, and ensuring that adults are able to support themselves and their families. The nonprofit, which is headquartered downtown, invests in programs that form a safety net for families while also focusing on education to reduce poverty. United Way is always looking for dedicated volunteers—find out more here.
Downtown retailer 5 Pound Apparel’s name comes from the fact that, for each of 5 Pound’s branded items sold, the store donates five pounds of food to Ozarks Food Harvest, the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri. The Food Bank reaches nearly 30,000 individuals weekly and distributes more than 16 million pounds of food annually. 5 Pound’s in-store retail offerings also consist of products from like-minded companies like TOMS Shoes, Krochet Kids, Out of Print and many more.
Art Inspired is a nonprofit business that provides inclusive employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The downtown facility features an art gallery, event center, and creative arts classes all in one space. The event center is also the perfect place for a variety of events such as wedding receptions, charity functions and more. Click here to get more information on booking the space.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) is a public foundation serving 49 affiliate community foundations and more than 2,600 charitable funds in our area. CFO, also headquartered downtown, is dedicated to working with its donors, nonprofit partners, and affiliated community foundations in meaningful and purposeful ways. Find out how to get involved with CFO here.
This list is far from all-inclusive—downtowners are finding new ways to give back every day, and we couldn’t be prouder. Find out more about nonprofit initiatives in downtown Springfield here.