When We All Give A Dollar

Give Ozarks is one of my favorite days of the year because it shows the collective impact we can all have when we align our individual contributions. When we all give a dollar, big things happen in the lives of those around us. Donations that on their own may seem small; together create lasting change through community art or services for the “least of these” in our hometowns.

On May 3rd, 11,804 online donations were made to approximately 220 agencies across 70 communities totaling $1,041,456.73. Some of the great causes that received support on that day include a new playground for the Arc of the Ozarks, a production of the Nutcracker at Springfield Ballet, Ozark Food Harvest’s Weekend Backpack program, and grief counseling through Lost and Found.

The Ozarks Regional YMCA was blessed to be one of the many local agencies involved. Together we raised over $7,000 to support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility through our 8 family centers, Camp Wakonda and School-Age-Services. The Ozarks Regional YMCA serves over 40,000 individuals across 15 counties and we are committed to ensuring dollars stay in their home communities. Funds raised on Give Ozarks are going towards scholarships for low-income youth to attend Camp Wakonda, and the purchase of much needed new equipment.

The Ozarks Regional YMCA is thankful for all of the generous support that was provided to our organization on that day. Dickey’s BBQ in Lebanon provided boxed lunches to local donors. In Springfield, Bambino’s provided 25% of their daily proceeds, 106.7 the River rocked out during a Grit exercise class, and fitness instructors competed to support the Y they visit on an almost daily basis. Harter House in Hollister took donations for Ozark Mountain, and the Roy Blunt YMCA collected over $300 in change to support Bolivar. In one day, many individual donations were combined to make the Y’s across our service area better. Give Ozarks shows that when we all give a dollar; a lot can get done.

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