The CFO will make grants of $250 each this week to four Springfield-area agencies serving the homeless population. The funds are the proceeds collected over the last several months at the downtown Springfield Giving Meters, a project of the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District designed to reduce the effect of downtown panhandling by giving people another charitable outlet for their spare change.
Project directors wanted to wait until there was enough collected in total to make a significant gift to each of The Rare Breed, The Kitchen, The Salvation Army and Victory Mission.
The full press release from the Downtown CID follows:
The Giving Meters, an initiative sponsored by the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District, Urban Districts Alliance, and the City of Springfield are giving back, just in time for Christmas.
The downtown CID is pleased to announce that the giving meters have brought in just over $1,000 since installation this past summer. Checks will be presented from Community Foundation of the Ozarks to Rare Breed, The Kitchen, The Salvation Army, and Victory Mission for $250.00 each.
“We’re thrilled to be able to get a check to these deserving organizations at Christmas time,” said Laura Head, CID Vice Chair. “We set out to simply address panhandling downtown by providing an alternative means to give. We’re on the right track, and it’s a great bonus to give this money to organizations that work to help those who need it most.”
The giving meter program was launched from a proposal initiated by the Park Central Square taskforce to address the concerns of panhandling in downtown. The meters provide an outlet for people to give their spare change, rather than giving it directly to panhandlers.
The 14 retrofitted parking meters were decorated, painted, and repurposed by local artists and installed around downtown Springfield this past summer.
Anyone interested in donating directly to the effort can send a check to the CFO, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801; or donate online at www.cfozarks.org/donate. Please note “giving meters” for the fund/program. Donations made this way are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.