It’s an important time for us here at KODE and KSN, a chance to volunteer and give back to the charities that serve as a backbone for our area.
“Hear a lot of just unbelievable stories and terrible things that happen to kids. And they’re kids, they’re right here in our community. They’re not strangers, they’re kids that could be your next door neighbor,” said Vickie Dudley, Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri.
Vickie Dudley is the executive director for the Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri. She sees the impact on those young victims of physical and sexual abuse.
“The day that the child comes into the center, that day is a better day for them and for their life than the previous day. And so when you look at it from that perspective, that you’re making that big of a difference in a child’s life,” said Dudley.
So Founder’s Day of Caring volunteers will spend their Friday helping out.
“Cleaning up the landscaping, washing windows, doing some deep cleaning, that kind of stuff doesn’t get to happen very often,” said Dudley.
Volunteers will also help out at the Boys and Girls Club in Joplin, an outreach that provides a safe space for kids six through 18, whether it’s after school or through the summer. Also, the Lafayette House, the Joplin area women’s shelter that helps victims cope with everything from domestic abuse to sexual assault and substance abuse. There’s also the Community Garden where low income residents can learn how to garden, helping to break the cycle of poverty and producing their own healthy, fresh food. The Heritage Youth Development Center, a licensed, state of the art child care center through the YMCA in Webb City. It’s all part of the Founder’s Day of Caring, a nationwide effort with a goal of 20,000 volunteer hours in honor the of 20th anniversary of the start of Nexstar Broadcasting.