Uniting our time, talent, and treasure to build relationships and 

create pathways of success for students.

 Bright Futures Joplin |  http://brightfuturesjoplin.org
JUNE 2015
Coordinator's Report:  Golfing for Brighter Futures

This past week, we had the privilege of golfing
The Innovative Objects team having 
fun with celebrity, Kimble Anders.
for  brighter futures at the 2015 Kimble Anders Celebrity Golf Classic. Not only did we have a great time, but we were able to raise awareness and critical funds for the important work that Bright Futures does every day.

Special thanks to Kimble Anders and the other celebrity athletes who came along, our sponsors, our volunteers, as well as all those who came and golfed with us for the day at Eagle Creek Golf Course. In spite of a rain delay, the sun came out and made for a beautiful day of golf.

This year's sponsors were:
  • Title Sponsor: Innovative Objects
  • Title Sponsor: Roper Kia
  • Major Sponsor: Fletcher Nissan
  • Major Sponsor: Smith & Boucher Engineers
  • Major Sponsor: Downstream Casino Resort
  • Major Sponsor: Vowels & Stovern Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Major Sponsor: Leggett & Platt
  • Major Sponsor: State Farm
  • Reception Sponsor: Blood Tax Service
  • Breakfast Sponsor: Panera
  • Lunch Sponsor: Atlas Risk Management & McAlister's Deli 
Thank you to all of our sponsors - we simply couldn't do it without you! Click here to check out the rest of the pictures from the day.
The evening before the tournament, we had a special dinner with all of our sponsors to share the vision of Bright Futures and to honor them for their investments. Not only was it a lot of fun, but we heard people saying over and over "I had no idea you did all that!"  "I feel so motivated!" Russ Grundy, owner of Innovative Objects and BF Joplin Board Member, shared about how his company does "VTO" time (Volunteer Time Off) that allows staff members to take paid time off to volunteer in the community. IO has been an invaluable partner to us, and their VTO program has benefited Joplin kids many times over this past school year. I think my favorite part of the tournament this year was hearing local businesses and groups talk about the creative ways they could partner with us to help achieve the mission of ensuring that every child has a champion and a chance to succeed.

What about YOU?  What can you and your company/family/faith-based group do?  As we hope you enjoy some time to rest and recoup this summer, I hope you'll begin thinking on Russ's challenge and ask yourselves - what can I do to be part of the solution for our kids? August will be here before we know it, and we're going to need you on deck and ready to go to make the 2015-16 school year great.  We are only as successful as our partners!

Sometimes this mission can feel so big that it seems impossible. But with all of us giving a little, we ARE making a difference - one life at a time! Thank you for being on the team with us!

Serving together,
Melissa Winston, MSMFT, PLMFT
BF Joplin Coordinator
WE'VE MOVED: Bright Futures Joplin has a new home at 310 W. 8th Street in the Memorial Education Center
You may have noticed that you didn't get a newsletter from us in May - that's because we were busy moving to our new (permanent) home. The old Memorial Education Center has had a bit of a facelift, and we are excited about our new digs! You are invited to come by and see the new office and Donation Center space anytime - just give us a yell!
In This Issue
Facts & figures - May/June 2015
Student Needs Met this Month 31
Student Needs Met this School Year 490
Bright Futures Partner of the Month - 2 for 1
We are proud to introduce the May Bright Futures Partner of the Month,   Calvary Baptist Church of Joplin , who are partners with  Stapleton Elementary . Calvary is incredibly helpful and involved in the life of Stapleton and have made a huge difference in the culture and morale of the school. Thank you for all you do for our staff and students to be a blessing!

Pictured L to R: Nancy Good, Bright Futures Advisory Board; Melissa Winston, Bright Futures Coordinator; Herb Young, Calvary Baptist Church; Karen Secrist, Stapleton Principal; Peggy Fuller, Bright Futures Advisory Board Chair

We're ALSO excited to introduce the June Bright Futures Joplin Partner of the Month:  Cott Beverages.  Cott partners with Kelsey Norman Elementary School. Principal Julie Munn shared that they are very generous with juice for events and are helpful all year long on the Kelsey BF Council. We so appreciate your service to our schools - we couldn't do it without you!

Pictured L-R: Peggy Fuller (BF Advisory Board Chair), Jeremy Swarnes and Todd Burgess (Cott HR & Plant Manager), & Melissa Winston (BF Joplin Coordinator).

Stuff to Donate?
Since we've moved to our new place, we've gotten lots of questions about donations - can you still donate used clothing items, etc.? The answer is YES and NO. In order to accommodate our new smaller space and to fulfill the requirements given to us by the State Auditor regarding keeping an active inventory, we've downsized dramatically. Because of this, we're only accepting a limited number of items to keep on hand.

We will be keeping the following items that you can donate any time in all sizes:
  • New or gently used athletic shorts & pants (stretchy waistband)
  • New or gently used short & long-sleeved t-shirts
  • New or gently used winter coats
  • New winter hats, gloves, scarves
  • New unopened packages of socks and underwear
  • New tennis shoes
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Dale Peterson at 625-5200, ext. 2031. Thank you for your partnership!
Bright Futures Joplin
417-625-5200 ext. 2229
310 W. 8th St.
Joplin, MO 64801