Get Involved


If you are interested in helping with Ozark Care to Learn, please take a couple of minutes to fill out this quick survey so we can better match your talents and availability with our needs.


There are many ways individuals or groups can help out our Care to Learn Chapter in Ozark.  Here are a few:

MONETARY DONATIONS:
Make a cash donation – any amount helps a kid in need.  As little as $9 feeds a child for a weekend, $12 provides a hygiene kit (that’s just $1 a month). You can make an online donation directly to the Ozark Care to Learn chapter by clicking HERE.



Other ways to collect money for a cash donation to the program include:
--Hold a “Change A Child’s Life” Coin Drive.
--Sell handprints for $1 in a “Lending A Hand” campaign.

--Hold a dress down day at your business (sell stickers for $1 or $5).

ITEM DONATIONS:
We currently accept donations of certain food, health, and hygiene items. Organize a food drive or a health & hygiene drive and drop off any of the following at the Care to Learn storeroom at the Ozark School District Office:

--Individually packaged bars of soap
--Six-load size boxed powdered laundry detergent (available at Dollar Tree)
--2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, 12-16 oz size
--Travel size toothpaste
--Individually-packaged child or adult sized toothbrushes
--Fun flossers
--Travel sized lotions
--Chapstick
--Boxes of tampons, pads, and panty liners, 12-20 count boxes
--100% juice boxes, 4-6 oz size
--Box or bagged breakfast cereal, 8-12 oz size
--Canned pasta meals (like Chef Boyardee), 14-16 oz size
--Microwavable pasta meal cups, 6-9 oz size
--Canned soup, 12-16 oz size (kid friendly flavors, please)
--Packages of Ramen noodles (like Top Ramen), 3 oz size
--Small jars of peanut butter, 10-18 oz size
--Squeezable bottles of jelly, 20 oz size
--Boxes of plain or honey graham cracker sleeves
--Boxes of toaster pastries (like Pop Tarts), 14-16 oz size
--Canned refried beans, 14-16 oz size
--Canned vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, and/or green beans), 14-16 oz size
--Canned chicken, 4-6 oz size
--Canned pasta marinara sauce, 20-24 oz size
--Foil pouches of tuna salad, 2-3 oz size
--Foil pouches tuna, 2-3 oz size
--Boxes of sleeves of Ritz-style table crackers
--Canned chili with beans, 14-16 oz size
--Microwavable chili with beans cups (like Hormel), 6-9 oz size
--4-packs of shelf-stable (not refrigerated) pudding cups, apple sauce, or fruit
--Boxes of packages of instant oatmeal (like Quaker)
--Boxes of individually wrapped fruit and grain or granola bars (like Sunbelt)
--Pouches of instant potatoes, 4-6 oz packages
--Microwavable cups or boxes of microwavable pouches of easy mac & cheese
--Canned beef stew, 14-16 oz size
--Microwavable beef stew cup (like Hormel), 6-9 oz size
--Canned beans & weenies, 4-6 oz size
--Packages of individual boxes of raisins, Slim Jim beef jerkies, 100% fruit snacks, Rice Krispie Treats, Goldfish crackers, and snack mixes

***Please note the sizes. While a 55 gallon drum of peanut butter would feed a lot of kids, we can't send it home in a backpack. Also, no glass containers, please.




CLOTHING DONATIONS:
Ozark Care to Learn maintains a small storeroom of new and gently used clothing at our warehouse. Clean out your closets or organize a clothing drive for the following items and deliver them to the Care to Learn storeroom at the Ozark School District Office:

--Shoes (sizes 3T to Adult 12, prefer athletic-style shoes that can be worn in PE class)
--Socks (new only, in sizes to fit ages 3 years to adult size 12)
--Underwear (new only, in sizes to fit ages 3 years to adult size 12)
--Bras (new only, prefer sports-style bras that can be worn in PE class)
--Shorts and pants, sizes 3T to Adult XXL
--Short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and hoodies (sizes 3t to Adult XXL)
--Coats, sizes 3T to Adult XXL
--Hats and gloves (new only)

***Care to Learn is extremely selective in what gently used clothing we will repurpose and send home with a student. Clothing needs to be free of stains & holes, be in a style that a student would be comfortable wearing to school, and be free of offensive / suggestive / questionable content.

REDEEMABLES:

Ozark Care to Learn collects and redeems Best Choice labels and Box Tops for Education. Labels must contain the entire bar code and "Best Choice" must be legible. Box Tops must show the entire logo and must not be expired. Drop off your Best Choice labels and Box Tops at the Care to Learn storeroom at the Ozark School District Office.


RECYCLING:

Ozark Care to Learn collects and recycles certain items, listed below. Collect and drop off accepted recyclables at the Care to Learn storeroom at the Ozark School District Office.

--Clean, crumbless chip bags (individual to family sized bags)
--Clean, crumbless cereal bags and liner bags (individual to family sized bags)
--Clean, empty toner and ink cartridges
--Working and non-working small consumer electronics (cell phones, calculators, etc)
--Clean, rinsed personal care and beauty item containers, such as:
Hair care packaging such as shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray bottles and triggers, and hair paste plastic jars and caps 
Skin care packaging such as lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, face lotion bottles, tubes and plastic jars, body wash containers, soap tubes and dispensers, body lotion dispensers and bottles, shaving foam tubes (no cans), and hand lotion bottles and tubes 
Cosmetics packaging such as lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging and bottles, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils




VOLUNTEER:
We always welcome individual and community volunteers at the main Care to Learn warehouse at the Ozark School District Office. Our volunteer hours are Monday through Fridays from 8:00am to 3:00pm. You can find out more about specific volunteer needs on our Volunteer page.

On occasion, Care to Learn has specific volunteer opportunities off-site and at different times than those listed above. These typically are focused around the set up, hosting, and clean up of our various fundraisers and events. You can find out more about our upcoming events and volunteer needs on our Events page.

SERVICE PROJECTS:
Other ways you can get involved include offering a service as a donation to the program.

STAY CONNECTED:
Tell your friends about Care To Learn Ozark.

Post our events on your Facebook page. Share our posts on your timeline.

Attend a fundraising event, such as the Ozark High School Drama Productions.

Pray (that God will provide the resources we need and help us find the kids in most desperate need).

Have an idea not listed here, email Michelle Lindsey at michellelindsey@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us

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