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Do good in Downtown Springfield

July 26, 2018

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.” — Aristotle

Downtown is a great place to live, work and play. It’s also a great place to volunteer. There are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community and help others.

Saturday, July 28, Finnegan’s Wake is partnering with the James River Basin Partnership for an urban stream clean-up day on Jordan Creek. Clean-up time is 11 a.m.-noon. The cleanup trail is almost 1 mile long. It follows the Greenways Trail, Silver Springs to Smith Park.

There will be education along with the clean-up. An expert speaker will walk alongside volunteers to discuss several topics.

  • The daylighting of Jordan Creek
  • Plastic pollution
  • Urban litter
  • The impact of pollution and litter on our community
  • And more

The urban stream clean-up celebrates The Last Straw movement in Springfield. The Last Straw is an effort to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics in Springfield and beyond.

Admission is free and includes a free T-shirt, courtesy of Will Fischer, and lunch at Finnegan’s Wake for all volunteers. There will also be live music provided by Regulate the Vibe. You can register at the James River Basin Partnership’s website.

For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

The 2018 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival will bring more than 50,000 visitors to Downtown Springfield Aug. 10-11. There will be many events taking place.

  • Birthplace of Route 66 parade
  • Car show
  • Motorcycle show
  • Route 66 BBQ Throwdown
  • Live music
  • 6.6K run

That’s a lot of events with a lot of participants. Volunteers will help everything run smoothly. You will receive one free event T-shirt if you volunteer. The deadline to register is July 31.

For more information, call 417-831-6200 or email If you’re ready to register, you can fill out this form online.

Classic cars driving down Route 66 in Springfield

21st annual Cider Days on Walnut

Cider Days is an Ozarks institution and the unofficial kickoff to fall. The arts and crafts festival will be Sept. 15-16 this year.

Volunteers at the festival assist at the entrance gates, Coke stands or on the Green Team. Artist helpers are also needed to assist participating artists for breaks.

There are perks for volunteers. They receive free admission to Cider Days (a $4 value) and a discount on a Cider Days T-shirt (volunteer price $9).

The deadline to volunteer is Friday, Aug. 24. Shifts will be assigned on a first-come, first serve basis. To sign up, fill out this online form. projects

Have you heard of It’s a private “democratic” microschool on West McDaniel. The school serves students in grades 6-12. Its mission is to grow self-directed learners.

Patrick Misterovich said students at are always looking for volunteer and service opportunities. They can even be short term, temporary or one-time projects. Email with questions or for more information.

Beyond Downtown

Our generous downtown residents and businesses often help outside of the Downtown area. Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe and Mother’s Brewing Company are two of them. They’re providing brunch and beer, respectively, for the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks Diaper Dash & Brunch Bash Saturday, Aug. 4.

That event includes a 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run. The top three finishers, male and female, win the 5K and 10K will receive prizes. There will also be inflatables and face painting for the kids.

Proceeds from the Diaper Dash benefit Diaper Bank of the Ozarks and 49 children’s charities of the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Sponsorships are available. Contact race director Kari Norris at 417-893-1593, or email

Register for the race online at the official website. Registration will also take place at 6 a.m. the day of the race. The race starts at 7.

But wait, there’s more.

This list only scratches the surface. There are so many opportunities to do good in Downtown Springfield. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more.

Now go forth and be excellent to each other.