Our Charities

Our Charities

"Providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever." For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 6 through 18.
"Reshaping vulnerable lives through a community of partners, teachers and leaders, giving children and families the confidence to create bright futures" Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, a Great Circle agency provides residential treatment, emergency & homeless shelter, foster care and independent living skills for children, age's birth through 21, who have been physically & emotionally abused, neglected or abandoned. In addition, Boys & Girls Town provides programs to strengthen families by teaching life skills in a caring, nurturing, and accessible environment. Last year in Southwest Missouri more than 2400 lives were provided life-saving and life-changing services.
"Giving a child the opportunity for a better life" Good Samaritan Boys Ranch was founded in 1959 with the simple concept of providing a home for local boys who had no home and nowhere to turn. The idea took off, and soon the ranch was home to more than 40 boys. Today, "Good Sam's" provides long term residential treatment for up to 100 boys, ages 12 through 20, with a treatment plan designed to help troubled boys gain control of their lives and actions, instill responsibility and lasting life skills. The agency operates a working ranch north of Springfield and a transitional living program in town.

"Provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence and promote the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free from abuse." Formerly The Family Violence Center, our goals are to provide short-term emergency protective shelter for survivors of domestic violence, to help survivors break the cycle of abuse, to promote community understanding about the factors involved in domestic violence, and to advocate for changes that will provide the opportunity for a lifestyle free of domestic violence for all people.

"Preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law" Boy Scouts of America, founded in 1910, was based on the principles of duty to God, country, family & self. Today, the Ozark Trails Council continues that mission through programs to more than 12,000 youth & volunteers throughout 31 counties in South Central & Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. Scouting strives to instill values in our young people that are essential to the future of our communities, nation, & world.
"Creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of children in the Ozarks" Thousands of children in our area suffer from lack of dental care. It affects their health, their speech and their school attendance. They suffer pain & embarrassment. Ronald McDonald Care Mobile fondly known as "The Tooth Truck," provides dental treatment and prevention education for at-risk children in Springfield with little or no access to dental care. Since its debut in 2002, more than 12,000 children have been treated at the Tooth Truck.

"The Ozarks Regional YMCA believes that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve." That's why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Last year, Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival distributed $152,250 to the above agencies for programs, services, special projects or scholarships for disadvantaged, underprivileged and at-risk "Children of the Ozarks." Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Springfield, Missouri, our sponsors and YOU for helping to make this event successful.