Uniting our time, talent, and treasure to build relationships and create pathways for the success of our students.

Bright Futures Joplin  | www.brightfuturesjoplin.org
August 2015
Coordinator's Report: Connections for Success
Thanks to our community partners for
helping make the Opening Day 
tailgate party a huge success!
People often ask me how Bright Futures is different than any other human service agency. We're different in many ways, but perhaps the most important is that our goal is not just about meeting the needs of our kids - but about engaging our community to come be a part of true collective impact.

One of the founding principles of Bright Futures Joplin is that every person has something he/she can do to make the life of a child better - through time, talent, or treasure. Sometimes that looks like tennis shoes and coats and backpacks. Other times, it looks like a sack of food going home for the weekend. Or maybe even sitting down and having lunch with a kiddo who needs some extra support. And sometimes it's throwing a tailgate party for teachers on their first day back so they'll be a little more encouraged to start the year off on the right foot.

Bright Futures Joplin isn't about a small team of staff members taking care of kids. NO! It's about ALL OF US joining together to take care of kids. If you haven't seen the most recent head count, there's nearly 8,000 kids in our district. If only 10% of them have hard things going on in their families where they need extra supports, that's 800 kids. Often our staff know what our kids need, but there's simply not enough hours in the day or resources to meet those needs. But we believe that right here in Joplin, the time and resources DO exist - in YOU.

Freeman Health System was a huge 
help with  a backpack drive 
- thank you Freeman team!
The truth is that none of us can do everything. But ALL of us can do something. 

Will you join us? 

Click here to find out how.

Serving together,
Melissa Winston, MSMFT, PLMFT
Bright Futures Joplin Coordinator
August Partner of the Month:  Mid Missouri Bank
We are thrilled to introduce our August
Partner of the Month -  Mid-Missouri Bank .  Scott Stinnett and his team from the 7th street branch are partners with  Eastmorland Elementary . Mrs. Surbrugg, principal, shared that they are "fantastic and dedicated partners who make a difference every day for our kids!" We couldn't do this work without our partners who are so invested in making sure every chi ld has a champion. Thank you to Mid Missouri Bank.

Pictured are Andy Perigo (Community President) and Scott Stinnett (Vice President) and their dedicated Mid-Missouri team, along with the Bright Futures crew, Melissa Winston (BF Joplin Coordinator), Peggy Fuller (BF Joplin Advisory Board), and Melissa Doura (BF Joplin VISTA) as well as Eastmorland's principal, Mrs. Surbrugg. Special thanks also to Joplin Regional Business Journal for taking the photo and celebrating our Partner of the Month in it's next edition!

Some of our sweet little helpers who counted kleenexes and markers for our kids! EVERYONE can do something.
School Supplies for Kids

Thanks to the treasure of donors and the time and talent of volunteers, kids in need all throughout Joplin started school with the supplies they needed for the school year. 

Facts & Figures

Student Needs Met in August 27
Student Needs Met this School Year 34

*These numbers do not include school supplies given to students.

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