In an effort to help more Joplin tornado survivors return to permanent homes, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri today opens applications for a $2.5 million grant cycle with a priority on affordable housing proposals. The CFSWMO, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will give preference to proposals that will increase the […]
Joplin residents celebrated another milestone on their journey toward recovery with a grand re-opening of the Home Depot store, one of the sites hardest hit on May 22 when the tornado claimed the lives of an employee and several customers and destroyed the store. Just as the Atlanta-based retailer had resolved to rebuild its own […]
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Joplin Recovery Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, to promote recovery efforts following the May 22 tornado.
Created in 1937, the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment concentrates most of its grantmaking in its home state of Indiana, but it also has a long history of supporting relief efforts after other natural disasters.
“Watching the devastation wrought by the May 22 tornado that struck Joplin was wrenching and saddening,” said N. Clay Robbins, president of the Endowment. “The scars may never disappear, but homes can be rebuilt and quality of life restored. The Endowment is pleased to be able to help the community foundation in these efforts.”
The CFO, and its largest affiliate, the Joplin-based Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., created the Joplin Recovery Fund on May 23 to focus on mid- to long-term recovery through grantmaking to non-profit agencies, particularly in areas where philanthropy can address needs not covered through government funding or private resources.
The Lilly Endowment funds will initially be applied to an upcoming grant cycle that will focus specifically on developing affordable housing to help more tornado survivors return to permanent homes, CFSWMO Board President Lisa Knutzen said.
Full details of this grant cycle, including the total amount available, eligibility guidelines and application process, will be announced in January.
Over the last few weeks, we have had a number of phone calls at our offices from people wondering how they can purchase “Joplin 5:41,” a coffee table book from Kansas City Star Publishing that features the work of local and regional journalists and photographers. The book chronicles the immediate aftermath and subsequent cleanup and […]
CFO affiliates and their local food programs completed the Ozarks Million Dollar Hunger Challenge II this fall by raising $125,000 to match an equivalent challenge grant from the Walmart State Giving Foundation to Ozarks Food Harvest. In all, 23 of the CFO’s 44 affiliates participated in the Hunger Challenge, which leverages the total of $250,000 […]
We would like to thank the talented folks at Ozarks Public Television (KOZK) who recently put together two new TV spots featuring CFO’s immediate past-president David Pointer, and Lisa Knutzen, president of our Joplin-based affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc. The spots, which you’ll find below or at our Vimeo page, feature Pointer […]
Two groups in Missouri and Denver are hosting run/walk events this weekend with proceeds designated for the Joplin Recovery Fund. The Missouri Science & Technology MBA Association is sponsoring “Run to Rebuild” 10K and 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Rolla Lions Club Park. The campus group is encouraging individuals of […]
A partnership of civic and business leaders in Jasper, Barton and Newton Counties was selected as the first group to participate in a new “Strengthening Our Communities” strategic-planning initiative offered by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The CFO offered this competitive opportunity for the first time this year to its 44-member affiliate network in […]
The CFO’s fall newsletter is out, and features the Norton family’s story of loss and survival in the Joplin tornado. A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Will Norton, a member of the Joplin Class of 2011 graduating on that May day.
“He was just gone”
The Tornado’s Wrath Claimed Will Norton, But His Legacy Survives
As Mark Norton lay broken in a crowded, chaotic operating room, Dr. Rex Peterson leaned in close to tell him the morphine supply was depleted and he was going to experience more pain than he’d ever known as the surgeon prepared to re-set the bones protruding from his left leg.
But it hardly compared to the even more exquisite pain a week later when Pastor Aaron Brown had to lean in again at Mark’s hospital bedside in the pre-dawn hours to tell him his son Will’s body had been positively identified after a frantic week of friends, family, strangers and search teams looking for the popular Joplin teenager who vanished into the twister.
An aspiring director whose career was kickstarted with more than 2 million views of his prolific YouTube videos, Will Norton was headed to a prestigious film program at Chapman University near Disneyland. He’d traveled to 34 states and 15 countries, and was learning to fly. His tennis team went to state finals and he went to leadership programs like Boy’s State; he was just at one in Washington, D.C., when Bin Laden was killed and he joined the throngs outside of the White House.
“He was always just a great kid to be around. He made good choices, he never gave us a moment’s worry,” Mark says. “He was a good student. He volunteered his time. He made friends easily because he was real considerate.”
Joplin’s musical history and namesake composer will help support its future in Michigan this weekend when the River Raisin Ragtime Revue performs a concert to raise money for tornado recovery efforts. The “Joplin for Joplin” concert will include the work of not only “the King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin, but also Joplin’s own Percy Wenrich, […]
“Joplin: 5:41” has been released by Kansas City Star Books and all royalties from the book go to the Joplin Recovery Fund managed by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri. Several book signings are scheduled in Kansas City, Springfield and Joplin.
A Springfield signing is scheduled from 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at Barnes & Noble, 3055 S. Glenstone Ave., in Springfield. A Joplin signing is scheduled at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Joplin Library, 300 S. Main St., Joplin, Mo.
The book presents the incredible story of tragedy and courage in the face of one of nature’s mightiest storms. This hard-cover book collects the detailed coverage by The Kansas City Star of the storm, its cruel effects, the city’s courageous response and the recovery that now goes on. Featuring extraordinary images, compelling graphics and the award-winning work of The Star’s reporting staff, the book seeks not just to chronicle the destruction, but to celebrate the heroic efforts of Joplin’s citizenry and the thousands of volunteers who rushed in to begin the healing.
Springfield Public Radio Station KSMU focused on tornado recovery efforts by the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri and Community Foundation of the Ozarks in today’s “Making a Difference Where You Live” segment. The segment described the CFSWMO/CFO activity since the May 22 Joplin tornado through interviews with CFO President Brian Fogle, Joplin staff associate Michelle […]