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Springfield Organizations Come Together to Combat Poverty, Children's Issues

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In a joint news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Care to Learn, the Junior League of Springfield (JLS) and several other local organizations announced they will come together to invite one of the country’s most respected experts on poverty to Springfield to begin a movement in hopes of generating a positive impact on the community.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  In a joint news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Care to Learn, the Junior League of Springfield (JLS) and several other local organizations announced they will come together to invite one of the country’s most respected experts on poverty to Springfield to begin a movement in hopes of generating a positive impact on the community.

“We joined with the Junior League because we felt like it should be a wider conversation,” says Morey Mechlin, executive director of Care to Learn. “This is not just a problem in the schools; this impacts everything we do in Springfield.  

Poverty, child abuse and neglect are well-known and documented issues the Springfield community is facing.

“It’s an economic development issue, it’s a workforce issue, it’s a talent issue for our community,” says Jim Anderson, president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
“Certainly eradicating poverty and breaking they cycle of poverty will make a more vibrant community and a more vibrant economy. So we are very much interested as a result of that.”

As a response to community concerns and red flags of poverty in Springfield, the team of organizations has invited Dr. Ruby Payne to Springfield on Feb. 11-12.

According to a statement from the group, Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. has been a professional educator since 1972, with a focus on poverty and the mindsets of the economic class.

“She is probably the preeminent authority on the culture of poverty in our country,” says Mechlin. “She has studied it extensively and will hopefully bring us to practical solutions to meeting the needs to the many members of our community and breaking those barriers down.”

Joining Care to Learn and JLS for this event will be:

  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks
  • United Way of the Ozarks
  • Every Child Promise
  • The Hamels Foundation
  • Missouri State University Division for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Council of Churches
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri
  • Mayor's Commission on Children
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce




 
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