How Can I Help?
If everyone in Joplin could give a little time, a little treasure, or a little talent, it would make a big difference. As a matter of fact, with Bright Futures, it already is! Whether it’s a new or gently used pair of tennis shoes or a winter coat, school supplies, a small cash donation, or an hour or two of personal or professional time, every person who is giving a little is helping a lot. As a grass roots, community based program we are creating partnerships and utilizing resources in the community with one common goal – to help our kids, and to strengthen our families and our community.
You don’t have to donate a fortune, and you don’t have to give more time than you have to spare. We just ask you to tune in and see when and where you can help us make a difference!
Sign up to Volunteer
Are you interested in volunteering with Bright Futures? The possibilities are endless! Our volunteer options are customizable to your interests, schedule and abilities.
TREK, Lunch Buddies and Lunch PALS
Positive role models and mentors are essential to the academic and social success of our kids. Unfortunately, it is not always provided through traditional avenues. TREK is an after-school tutoring program that lasts for one hour after school by pairing adults with students who need help with math, reading or other homework. Lunch Buddies, run by Big Brothers, Big Sisters, offers children individualized time and attention at school on a consistent basis during their lunch time. In addition to lunch, you will have the opportunity to expand your relationship through activities and special events. Lunch PALS is similar to Lunch Buddies in that you will meet regularly with a student during lunch or breakfast and takes place only within the school setting for 30 minutes each week during the school year. You can encourage your employees to participate by allowing extra time off so they too can be part of something for our community’s future!
For more information on TREK,
click here. For more information on Lunch Buddies, click here. For more information on Lunch PALS, click here.
Business, Faith-Based, and Human Service Partners
Every school in the district benefits from business, faith-based, and human service partners. Being a partner is simple. You and your employees can be as involved as you want. Nothing is too small. Sometimes our students just need to know someone within their community cares about them. Is there particular school you would like to be involved with, or do you just want to go where the needs are greatest? Let us know, and we can partner you with the school of choice. Being a partner includes:
- Attending monthly meetings at the school of your choice.
- Sharing time, talent, or treasure with the school and students depending on what their needs may be.
Time – Opportunities to donate time are varied and flexible. You can volunteer one morning to help greet students with a smile or high five or sit in the stands during a sporting event.
Talent – Are you an artist? You could lead a painting group with a 4 th grade class. Have a passion for fitness? Start a running club at the middle school. Are you crafty? Participate in an after school club to teach the students how to craft a cool project.
Treasure – Truly every donation, large or small, makes a difference. A weekly commitment of just $5 will feed a child for a weekend through the Snackpack program. Donations of money or clothing can impact a child who doesn’t have shoes or a winter coat.
We are interested to talk to you and hear how you would like to become involved.
Contact us today, we’d love to chat! Eagle Angel Fund
The Eagle Angel Fund has been established to help meet the immediate needs of students in the District who don’t have traditional resources for basic needs, school supplies and other necessities. To read more,
Academic All Stars
Academic All Stars are students in grades four through eight who achieve “proficient” or “advanced” rankings on the MAP tests. Last year 1,500 students were recognized, and each All-Star received a t-shirt, certificate, window decal and a variety of gifts from community partners. We need continuous community involvement to keep this positive reinforcement in place and accept small gifts and cash donations to support the project throughout the year.
In addition to donations you can recognize the All-Stars on your business sign during the month of October, congratulate students around the community who are wearing an All-Stars t-shirt, or provide a $500 scholarship for a child.
Like Us on Facebook!
Facebook is the most up-to-date place to find out if there is a need for any specific situations. We have found that needs are filled quickly through Facebook and that is thanks to the greater Joplin community for their unbelievable generosity. Thank you Joplin!
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