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Please support the following nonprofits that participated in Nonprofit Madness 2013. We encourage you to visit their websites and find out how to volunteer and/or donate. We’ve also provided links for you to add them on Facebook and Twitter. 

Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association

The Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association is a not-for-profit agency that educates, supports and advocates for foster and adoptive children, youth and families in central Missouri by offering services and partnering with community and governmental agencies to develop healthy and self-sufficient individuals and families.

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East Missouri Action Agency

East Missouri Action Agency, Inc. (EMAA), is a community action agency established in 1965. Their mission is to act as a catalyst within the community to empower economically disadvantaged individuals and families to reach their highest possible level of success. They serve the counties of: Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Iron, Madison, Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington. They offer many services including housing, Head Start, and women’s wellness centers.

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Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates

Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates’ mission is to train and support volunteers to be exceptional voices for every abused and neglected child in Boone and Callaway county family courts.

They believe that all children have the right to safe, healthy, stable homes, free from abuse and neglect. A CASA volunteer, serving as a court-appointed advocate, is trained to promote and pursue the best interest of an abused or neglected child in court, and prevents the child from getting lost in the system by being sensitive to the child’s needs and presenting these needs in court. The role of the CASA volunteer in a child abuse or neglect case is to investigate the circumstances surrounding the case, make an independent evaluation with recommendations regarding actions the CASA believes are in the child’s best interest – both short and long term, and to monitor the case until a permanent placement is achieved. Through these advocacy efforts, CASA is working with the Court to ensure that every child has a chance for a brighter future.

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Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation

Foundation formed by the Missouri Retired Teachers Association (MRTA). It is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization devoted exclusively to carrying out certain charitable, educational, scientific and literary purposes which include the following:

  • To foster a spirit of respect, loyalty, and enthusiasm among retirees.
  • To conduct activities and service projects which advance the cause of public education and the teaching profession in Missouri.
  • To award grants and scholarships to students enrolled in teacher education programs, to active teachers and to support personnel to extend their professional training.
  • To perform other humanitarian endeavors consistent with the Foundation’s Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri

The Ronald McDonald House is the cornerstone program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri. Our Ronald McDonald House offers more than affordable lodging, it offers a place of comfort. Families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House are rarely there for exactly the same reason, but they all have a child they love who is ill or injured. Every year the House acts as a home-away-from-home for hundreds of families of hospitalized children. These families travel great distances to provide their children with specialized medical treatment that cannot be found near their home. Since opening in 1983, the Ronald McDonald House has hosted more than 25,000 families.

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Missouri Public School Advocates

The Missouri Public School Advocates (MPSA) professional association is a 501(c)4 organization whose mission is to ensure the stability and strength of Missouri public schools. They believe the public school is the institution which has done the most to make our country great and has provided an opportunity for every child to acquire an education and become a productive and self supporting human being. They strongly believe the state constitution prioritizes the public schools and should make the state responsible for providing adequate funding for the one free universal public school system which is accessible by all children. They believe it is time to stand up and speak out for Missouri public schools.

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Love INC

Love In the Name of Christ is a proven outreach model that helps churches help people in need. It has potential to be one of the most effective management, mobilization, and networking tools available to churches today. Using the Love INC model, local churches and volunteers come together as a network. It’s a cooperative effort that strives to make a lasting impact on individuals, families, and children in need. They connect and equip by providing services that build on the God-given talents of those in need and those willing to help.

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Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run

Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit prevention program for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade. Their mission is “to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”

Girls on the Run combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education. Our programs instill self-esteem through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training – all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

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Missouri Health Care for All

Missouri Health Care for All is a non-partisan, statewide movement of more than 130 faith and community organizations and more than 8,000 Missourians who have endorsed a set of shared principles. Their principles affirm, based on faith and moral values, that every Missourian should have access to quality, affordable health care, no matter where they live or how much money they make.

Their movement works to advance their shared Principles by educating members of the endorsing organizations and the public and by taking action on behalf of policies and practices that are consistent with their principles.

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The Child Center

The Child Center’s mission is to respond to child abuse through a supportive team approach to reduce the trauma to children and their families. Or simply put – Healing, Helping, Hope.

They are a child advocacy center serving child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and children who witness violence. Services provided include forensic interviews, advocacy, mental health therapy, safe exams, and school and community based prevention education program.

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Dreams to Reality

The mission of Dreams to Reality is to help low-income women of mid-Missouri to meet their employment goals and build self-confidence by providing appropriate interview and business apparel, motivation and follow-up support.
Located in Jefferson City, Mo., Dreams to Reality was established by a group of local professional women who recognized that lack of interview and work apparel was an obstacle for employment. Dreams to Reality does not only seek to assist women in obtaining interview and work apparel, but more importantly to assist them in improving their self-esteem and ultimately enhancing their quality of life through employment and financial independence.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912.  Organized as a federaton of eight agencies, Catholic Charities operates more than 100 programs which assist more than 155,000 people annually at 50 sites in eight counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

In response to the teachings of Jesus Christ, their mission is to serve people in need, especially those who are poor and vulnerable; work to improve social conditions for all people in the community; and to call members of the Chruch and community to do the same.

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Humane Society of Greater Kansas City

As one of the first and oldest no-kill shelters, The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City celebrates 100 years of faithful service to the lost, abandoned, and broken pets of the Greater Kansas City area. Their mission is to save and improve the lives of dogs and cats throughout the Greater Kansas City community by providing education, adoptions, preventive veterinary care and spay/neuter services. Each month they save hundreds of animals — some abandoned and forgotten, some badly injured — some needing our low-cost veterinary services and some whose time would have been up at another shelter if not for them. 

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American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. They provide disaster service relief and community disaster education, service to military personel, health and saftey classes, and international services. The Heart of Missouri Chapter provides Red Cross services in 21 counties in Missouri.

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Missouri Food Bank Association

The Missouri Food Bank Association is a coalition of the six Missouri Food Banks working to provide hunger relief to every county (and St. Louis City) in the state. Collectively, they distribute over 90 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 2,000 community feeding programs.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide youth-in-need with positive mentoring relationships that significantly enhance their development into healthy, productive community members thereby strengthening individuals, families and the community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri, founded in 1968, has benefited hundreds of youth from single-parent families through matches with caring adults. The program attracts only the best volunteers and prepares these volunteers for the experience of being a trusted friend for these children.

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