Friday, November 11, 2016

November 2016 E-Newsletter

The November 2016 e-newsletter is available on our Newsletter page. This month's edition is full of information, recognition of superheroes in our community, and opportunities to sponsor our upcoming fundraisers and events.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Penguins & Princesses 2017 Sponsorship Packages Available

We are currently looking for sponsors for the 2017 Penguins & Princesses event, to be held on Saturday, February 25. Various sponsorship levels are available at different prices and coming with different sponsor perks.

Please see our Sponsor Package page for details.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Purchase Your Parade Perch Tickets Online

You can now purchase your Parade Perch tickets online, right here on the Ozark Care to Learn website. Use the PayPal buttons above to select your ticket type, either a child's ticket (ages 12 and under) or adult ticket, and add your ticket to the cart. From there, you can change the number of tickets or add additional ticket types to your order. Pay for your order with an existing PayPal account or with any of the accepted credit cards.

Thank you for supporting Ozark Care to Learn. We hope to see you at the Parade Perch!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Battle of the Banks Runs Through Halloween!

Be sure to stop by one of the listed participating banks during the month of October and make your donation to Ozark Care to Learn:

Thank you to all of the Battle of the Bank sponsors!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Volunteer Opportunities

Now that school has been in session for a month or so, we have been able to reassess our current regular volunteer needs. The program has immediate need of volunteers to assist with the following areas:

Clothing donations
Non-clothing donations
Grocery pick up
Office assistants
On-call errand runners

In addition to our regular volunteers, we have a volunteer need for road marshals at the 2016 Drury Panther Run on the morning of Saturday, October 1.

Please see our VOLUNTEER page to find out more about these volunteer needs and for contact information if you are able to assist Ozark Care to Learn in any of the above capacities.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Upcoming Events and Fundraisers: Fall 2016

There is an event benefiting Ozark Care to Learn for just about everyone coming up this fall!

Check out our EVENTS page for details on these and all of our upcoming Care to Learn events, benefits, and fundraisers.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Register for the Drury Panther Run

Registration is open for the 2016 Drury Panther Run, benefiting Care to Learn. This year's Panther Run will be held on Saturday, October 1. Runners can participate in the 15k, 10k, or 5k, where they will be competing in over $20,000 in prizes and awards. Visit to register.

We are also looking for volunteers to serve as road marshals during the event. If you are able to help, please visit the volunteer sign up and select your spot.

Thank you to all the volunteers and runners who help make this event a success!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Show off Your Super Powers with the 2016 Ozark Care to Learn T-Shirt

The mask. The cape. How can you recognize a superhero when you see one? You can tell by his or her costume.

Isn't it time you had one of your own?

Proudly display your support of Ozark Care to Learn with your very own superhero t-shirt, designed by Element Eleven. Choose from white or yellow and let the world know that helping kids is your super power.

Place your order for the 2016 Care to Learn superhero t-shirt, or one of the other Care to Learn items in our online store, through Friday, September 16th.

Don't delay... this opportunity will disappear faster than a speeding bullet!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Additional Volunteer Need for the 2016-17 School Year

Ozark Care to Learn is in need of a regular volunteer or small group of volunteers to pick up ordered grocery items at the Dollar Tree located in the Walmart shopping center in Ozark, between 8:00 and 10:00 A.M. on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 13
Tuesday, October 11
Tuesday, November 8
Tuesday, December 6
Tuesday, January 3
Tuesday, January 31
Tuesday, February 28
Tuesday, April 4
Tuesday, May 2

Volunteers will need to provide a large amount of covered space (such as a truck, van, or box trailer) in which to transport the items from Dollar Tree to the Care to Learn warehouse at the Ozark School District Office, just northeast of the square in Ozark. Reliability and punctuality are essential.

If you are interested in volunteering in this role, please contact Michelle Lindsey at or Joey Mills at or by phone at (417)872-7401.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Volunteer Needs for the 2016-17 School Year

Ozark Care to Learn has need of one or more individuals to conduct periodic inventory of the Care to Learn warehouse at the Ozark School District Office. Inventory volunteers will be provided with a list of items to count and record on-hand amounts. The physical requirements include being able to walk throughout the warehouse, move items to and from shelves, and the ability to work with little or no supervision.

Inventories must be conducted between the end of regular packing (on Thursdays, generally no later than 9:15 or 9:30 a.m.) for the week and submitted by 3:00 p.m. on the Fridays listed below:

Friday, Sept. 2
Friday, Sept. 30
Friday, Oct. 28
Tuesday, Nov. 22 *(See below)
Friday, Jan. 20
Friday, Feb. 17
Friday, Mar. 24
Friday, Apr. 21
Wednesday, May 17 *(See below)

*Please note: based on the school calendar, there are a couple of dates where we will need to pack backpacks for distribution early in the morning, then do an inventory and submit it that afternoon. These two dates are Tuesday, Nov. 22 (no school Wednesday, Nov. 23 - Friday, Nov. 25 due to Thanksgiving Break) and Wednesday, May 17 (the last regular backpacks of the 2016-17 school year).

Depending on the number of volunteers, inventory should generally take no more than an hour or two to complete. If you or your group/organization are willing to provide inventory volunteers on one or more of the dates listed above, please contact either Joey Mills at or by phone at (417)872-7401 or Michelle Lindsey at

Thursday, June 9, 2016

School Year 2016-17 Volunteer Calendar Set

The Ozark Care to Learn volunteer schedule pertaining to food deliveries, backpack packing, and inventory dates for the 2016-17 school year have been added to out Google Calendar. You can click here to view the calendar (opening the calendar on your mobile device should prompt you as to whether or not you wish to add the calendar on your device).

Please note that our first food delivery is expected on Tuesday, August 16, with our first week of packing taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, August 17 and 18.

Thank you to our volunteers who continue to make this program possible!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Volunteer Opportunities at the 2016 CCCC Sertoma Duck Race

Volunteer opportunities are available for this year's CCCC Sertoma Duck Race at the Finley River Park in Ozark on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25. Sign up for a shift today!

View the 2016 Penguins & Princesses Photo Gallery Online

The photo gallery from the 2016 Penguins & Princesses can now be viewed online.

Thank you to Mandy Evans Photography and to everyone involved in this year's event--from the sponsors to the participants--for making it such a wonderful evening and for helping us make a difference in the lives of Ozark's students.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Updated Statistics Through 2015 Shows Program's Reach

Since the Care to Learn chapter was started in Ozark in 2009, the program has grown and evolved in order to best meet the emergent health, hunger, and hygiene needs of our students. To understand the scope of the issue in Ozark and to better grasp what Care to Learn means to our students, it helps to pause and take a look at the numbers. Between 2009 and the end of 2015, Ozark Care to Learn has packed and provided nearly 46,000 backpacks to students on a weekly basis. In addition to the food that goes home every week, the program has provided:

-Nearly 8,500 hygiene kits
-More than 3,000 articles of clothing and pairs of shoes
-More than 1,700 containers of laundry soap
-13 beds and bedding
-Nearly 2,500 summer school breakfasts and lunches (since 2013)
-Provided 285 packs of food in our inaugural summer feeding program in July 2015
-An additional 320 "other" items, ranging from all sorts of soft and hard goods like microwaves, ovens, and the like

All told, Ozark Care to Learn has totaled more than 62,000 "impressions" in its seven year existence. We couldn't do it without the tireless work of our volunteers and the generous support of the community. Thank you for your continued support of Care to Learn!

Monday, March 14, 2016

We Need Your Help This Saturday, March 19 at Showcase Ozark!

The Ozark Care to Learn Chapter is selling tickets for the 2016 Sertoma Duck Race at Showcase Ozark this Saturday, March 19, from 9am to 3pm.

The Duck Race is one of our premiere fundraisers for both the Ozark and Nixa chapters. Proceeds from this event help to meet the health, hygiene, and hunger needs of students in both school districts.

Ozark Care to Learn is looking for responsible, adult volunteers to handle ticket sales during this year's Showcase Ozark. Shifts are in two hour blocks, beginning at 8:45am and wrapping up at 3pm.

If you (individual) or your organization are willing and able to help out, please sign up for one or more of the ticket sales shifts on our SignUp Genius page.

Thank you for all that you do to support Care to Learn!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Are You Ready for Penguins & Princesses 2016?

This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 2. For everything Penguins & Princesses, be sure to check out our 2016 Penguins & Princesses page. While there, be sure to thank our generous sponsors of this year's event and check out the photo gallery of past events.

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