Community Foundation of West Plains establishes Flood Recovery Fund


The Community Foundation of West Plains, Inc., today established the West Plains Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund for donors interested in supporting mid- to long-term community recovery from the recent historic flooding.

Contributions can be made online here. Checks can be mailed to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

The funds will be used to support recovery efforts through a grantmaking process organized by the Community Foundation of West Plains, Inc. These local philanthropic leaders will oversee the future grantmaking process with a thorough understanding about nonprofit needs and how to direct resources toward the highest-priority needs.

The CF of WP also will host a Community Work Day on Tuesday, May 9. Volunteers should meet at the Pavilion by Butler Park to get assignments at 9 a.m. for work until noon. McDonald’s will provide a sausage-biscuit breakfast and coffee for volunteers.

Colton’s Steak House will donate a portion of all food sales from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8, to the CF of WP for the Flood Recovery Fund.

More than nine inches of rain hit the West Plains area on Saturday, April 29, making it one of the hardest-hit areas in a four-state region and causing widespread damage still in the process of assessment as water recedes.

The CF of WP is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which has supported disaster recovery efforts through charitable giving in a number of communities within its central and southern Missouri service area, including a network of 49 affiliate foundations.

The purpose of the West Plains Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund will be to support nonprofit agencies that will be assisting flood victims with recovery needs. Nonprofit agencies, including equivalent faith and education organizations, also would be eligible for funding if they were directly affected by the flooding.

“The strength of being a community foundation is that we are well established with local leaders who are in the best position to understand local priorities,” CF of WP President Gay Stover said. “We also know that recovery is a long-haul process. As bleak as things might look today, we want to inspire hope and confidence for a successful recovery.”

Founded in 2004, the CF of WP holds more than 100 funds for donors and nonprofit partners with assets of $1.1 million as of March 31.