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The Youth Volunteer Corps - Joplin Receives a $4,300 Grant

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The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, awarded a $4,300 grant to Youth Volunteer Corps – Joplin through the Coover Regional Grantmaking Program.

Youth Volunteer Corps, which has operated in the Kansas City area for 31 years, will use the grant funding to launch YVC – Joplin, which will plan, lead, and execute four weeks of community service projects in the Joplin and Webb City areas.

"We will be recruiting a very diverse group of middle school and high school children," said YVC Founder and Director David Battey. "We'll be putting them on a team and having that team do really important community service work."

Youth Volunteer Corps was one of 17 agencies selected to receive $250,000 in funding for work on poverty, health, education, community development, and arts issues. The CFO received 101 proposals requesting $1.2 million in funding.

These grants are made possible through the generosity of the late Julia Dorothy Coover, who worked for Commerce Bank for 30 years. She established the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor her husband's memory. Since then, the Coover Charitable Foundation has awarded about $5.4 million in grants across the Ozarks.

With this year's distributions, the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation surpassed the $5 million milestone in grants and distributions since its first awards in 2002.

"It is our sincere pleasure have helped the Coover fund give back to the community in excess of $5 million with this year's round of distributions," said Commerce Trust Vice President Jill Reynolds. "We are elated to continue to assist these organizations that are all working so hard to benefit our communities in southern Missouri. Mrs. Coover would be so proud to see the impact she and her husband have made through their generous legacy."

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation that holds more than 3,000 funds for donors, nonprofit partners and 49 affiliate foundations, including the Joplin Regional Community Foundation. Founded in 1973, the CFO has made grants and distributions of more than $300 million and currently holds assets of more than $300 million, as of March 31, 2018.

Photo: Commerce Trust Vice President Jill Reynolds, left, and CFO Board Chair Jeff Schrag, far right, present the grant to Cori Smith, Laura Noonan and David Battey.

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