The Bag Ladies Fund – This fund will help provide comfort items in a personalized bag to children in crisis situations. This is a component of the Republic Community Foundation and is a new Agency Partner in the social services category. Child Concern Center Capacity Fund – This fund will assist low income families with food, clothing, […]
As often as possible, we like to share the news of new groups and individuals choosing to make philanthropic gifts and investments in their community. You can read more about types of funds available at CFO here. Click here for a full list of non-profit Agency Partners. For more information on fund types and how to get […]
A group of central Missouri agency partners attended the first of a series of two-hour workshops and also got to learn the story behind the Firehouse Coffee Shop in St. James where the meeting took place. The session included updates on Cause Momentum, the CFO’s new online crowdfunding platform and the upgraded Donor Central software […]
UPDATE: You can keep up with the Firehouse Coffee Shop’s progress on Facebook.
What a difference a year makes.
Twelve months ago, the city of St. James was in mourning. A tragic school bus accident last August, just up the road on I-44 in St. Louis, had killed a student and injured many more, and also took a bit of the town’s innocence.
With the accident as a backdrop, school began just a few short weeks later. For the first time the staff included Terrill Story, a former youth pastor who was a last-minute addition to the overburdened counseling staff. But as the school healed, Terrill saw in his position more than a temporary job – he saw a new way, with the help of a dedicated faculty and administration, to drastically improve students’ lives.
Over the course of the 2010-11 school year, Terrill went to work, establishing the school’s active Youth Empowerment Project chapter (he is currently the sponsor) and submitting an application for a 2011 Coover grant (click here for information and an application on the 2012 Coover program). The mission: to transform a dilapidated, abandoned city firehouse into a coffee shop that would not only raise funds for the YEP chapter’s local philanthropic efforts, but also give students and the community a safe, comfortable place to eat, study and gather.
(Click and watch Terrill Story explains what he hopes the coffee shop will accomplish for the students of St. James)
The project was one of eight selected to receive 2011 Coover grants, and was awarded to the chapter in May at the RSP’s annual get-together in Thomasville, Mo. Work began late that month, just days before school ended.
“I thought nothing short of a stick of dynamite would help the place,” says St. James High School Principal Keith McCarthy.
Congratulations to the St. James Area Community Foundation for receiving a $10,000 grant from the James Foundation to assist with the cost of a feasibility study future options for the St. James community swimming pool. The St. James Area Community Foundation raised another $4,200 to cover the additional costs of the study. The Community swimming […]