Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tutoring Program adds New Element

Ambassadors for Children has begun a wonderful partnership with The Ozarks Literacy Council to enhance the Tutoring Scholarships program we offer for Greene County foster children! In addition to funding tutoring sessions, we will be providing tutoring "starter kits" to each foster child as they begin tutoring. These kits will be assembled by The Ozarks Literacy Council and will contain brand new books and other educational resources specialized for each child's educational and emotional needs.

There will be a benefit car wash to support this project at the In & Out car wash (North Glenstone, just South of Kearney in Springfield) on November 19th. All proceeds will benefit this program. Sondra Uzzell, Ambassadors for Children Director, has also been invited to participate in a radio interview from 4-6pm on November 19th (at the Car Wash benefit) with Paula Shumaker, the Director of The Ozarks Literacy Council.

Free Haircuts for Foster Kids!

Our Kid's Clothes Closet program is now offering a free haircut coupon to every foster child each time they visit to pick out new clothing (2x/year). This is made possible through an extremely generous donation from The System, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Springfield. Special Thanks to Christy Sandwell, friend, staff member at Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks, and student at The System for initiating this fantastic partnership! Special Thanks also to Mr. Greg Kellogg at The System for being so generous and pleasant to coordinate with!

2008 Business Expo

Ambassadors for Children was successfully represented at the 2008 Springfield Business Expo sponsored by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce on October 2, 2008. Our booth was staffed from 8:30am-7:00pm and we had the opportunity to share our Adopt-a-Caseworker program with many people in the community.

This was a fun event and we are thrilled to continue expanding community awareness about our programs, especially Adopt-a-Caseworker. Special Thanks to the following members of our Advisory Committee who volunteered time at our booth: Karenanne Miller, Connie Condict, Cynthia VanBuskirk, Denise Bredfeldt, and Mary Casada. It couldn't have been done without your help and support!

Pictured above: Sondra Uzzell, Agency Director poses just after booth set-up

Pictured at Left: Sondra Uzzell & Cindy VanBuskirk, Advisory Committee member, pose at the Expo

Pictured Below: Two side views of our Expo Booth

"The Adopt-a-Caseworker program is supported by grant #2005-VF-GX-K009 awarded by the Office for Victims oice 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 policies of HALOS or the U.S. Department of Justice."

Monday, October 13, 2008

$19,500 Grant Awarded by Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Ambassadors for Children was awarded a $19,500 grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks on October 1, 2008 as part of their 2008/2009 Health & Social Services grant cycle.

These funds will be used to purchase brand new clothing for The Kid's Clothes Closet program and to fund tutoring sessions for Greene County foster children through our Tutoring Scholarships program. There were over 819 foster children in Greene County in FY 2007 (source: Greene County Children's Division FY 2007 statistics), and these programs served 337 of those children. With this great support from The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, we can continue to provide these wonderful services for foster children in our community.

Pictured at right: Dr. Gary Funk, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and Sondra Uzzell, Director of Ambassadors for Children