Thursday, July 24, 2008

Adopt-a-Caseworker Luncheon a Success!

Ambassadors for Children hosted a free luncheon on July 22, 2008 for local faith, business, and civic groups to learn more about the Adopt-a-Caseworker program. This event was attended by 80 individuals representing the following faith groups, business groups, civic groups & organizations:

Churches & Faith Groups
Ash Grove First Christian Church
Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Christ Episcopal Church
First & Calvary Presbyterian Church
Grace United Methodist Church
Incarnate Word Associates Group
Messiah Lutheran Church
Park Crest Calvary Temple
Presbyterian Church of Willard
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
Royal Family Kids' Camp
Springhill Baptist Church
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Willard Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church
Temple Israel

Business Groups
Bancorp South Mortgage Center
City Utilities of Springfield
Gold Mechanical
Great Southern Bank
Old Missouri Bank
SBU St. John's School of Nursing

Civic Groups
Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society
Girls on the Run-Downtown YMCA
Missouri State University Social Work Club
Springfield Downtown Kiwanis Group
Springfield Rotary Southeast

Boys & Girls Town of Missouri
Child Care Resource & Referral
Community Partnership of the Ozarks
Council of Churches of the Ozarks
Greene County Children's Division
Greene County Juvenile Office
Greene County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Guardian Ad Litem
Jordan Valley Community Health Center
Missouri Baptist Children's Home
Missouri State University
Parenting Life Skills Center
Partners for a Better Tomorrow
Presbyterian Children's Services

Special Thanks for Media Coverage Provided By:

Springfield News-Leader

Special Thanks to Caseworker Table Hosts From:
Missouri Baptist Children's Home
Presbyterian Children's Services
Greene County Children's Division
Boys & Girls Town of Missouri

If you would like more information about our Adopt-a-Caseworker program or would like to schedule a presentation of this program for your group, please contact Sondra Uzzell at
Please click here to view our printable brochure

Please click here to view the fantastic News-Leader article that depicts the Adopt-a-Caseworker program and our recent event.

Below: Pictures of event preparation and guest arrival

The Adopt-a-Caseworker project is supported by grant #2005-VF-GX-K009 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, in cooperation with HALOS. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or polices of HALOS or the U.S. Department of Justice.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lemonade Stand Catching on...

The Children Taking a Stand initiative started by Clever First Christian Church is continuing to make an impact on our community. In addition to the 3 local churches who have already had Children Taking a Stand events and contributed to Ambassadors for Children, 2 others have joined the movement.

Ash Grove First Christian Church has set up the Lemonade stand at their annual BBQ summer event and at their "Sparks in the Park" event to celebrate the 4th of July. I also learned today that Messiah Lutheran Church youth have also raised funds for Ambassadors for Children through this effort. To learn more, please contact Juli Nelson, Pastor of Clever First Christian Church, or Sondra Uzzell, Ambassadors for Children Director. All funds received through Children Taking a Stand will be used to support our non-federally funded programs.

Thank You!!
Above: Children from Clever First Christian Church pose in front of their lemonade stand on Mother's Day 2008.

We Exceeded our Goal!!

Our goal for Marlin Group Charitable Fund Sweepstakes raffle tickets (as part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship): 100 tickets

Total Number of raffle tickets sold: 108 tickets

Total Number of raffle tickets sold last year: 82 tickets

With the great work and support of staff and volunteers, we exceeded our goal of 100 tickets and made a total of $2,700 dollars from raffle ticket sales alone! We look forward to hearing our total award amount in December 2008 at the Celebration of Sharing event.

I will be working concessions this Sunday from 1-4 at the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Golf Course, so please stop by if you will be attending. The grand prize drawings for the $10,000 and 2008 Pontiac Solstice Convertible will be Sunday afternoon.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Peace, Love & Charity Auction

Thank you very much to the local businesses that donated gift certificates and tickets for the Peace, Love & Charity Auction as part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship! Ambassadors for Children receives 50% of the proceeds for all auction items donated on our behalf. These proceeds will be used to operate our Kid's Clothes Closet, Project Self-Esteem, Pack-a-Bag with Love, and Foster/Adoptive Parent Recruitment programs. Total value for donated items exceeds $600!!

Please join us for the auction at 6pm on July 15th at University Plaza. Visit for more information.