Support the CAC
Shae Ruark Memorial Endowment Fund
Place a Brick in our Walkway of Hope
The Child Advocacy Center is a very special place for children who need very sensitive services. A minimum gift of $125 will support our highly-specialized services and place an engraved brick in our "Walkway of Hope." Simply fill out the Brick Order Form and then mail it with your $125 check to the CAC, 1033 E. Walnut St., 65806. If you want to pay online, simply click on the “General Support Donate” button at the top of this page, make a $125 donation and then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Judy, 831-2327, to discuss your engraved message.
Missouri “Champion for Children” Tax Credit Program
The Missouri “Children in Crisis” tax credits were available to Child Advocacy Center donors from 2006 to August 28, 2012. At that time, the CIC tax credits were allowed to sunset with a number of other state tax credits. Missouri Senator Bob Dixon pledged to introduce legislation in the first part of 2013 to bring back these tax credits, and with perseverance and the support of other legislators, he was successful. Renaming the credits, Champion for Children tax credits (in honor of former Senator Norma Champion who introduced the original credits), they are now again available to our donors. By contributing to the Child Advocacy Center, you can help fund our children’s services and receive a tax credit for up to 50 percent of your contribution.
The process is simple. Donate a minimum of $100 (cash, check or credit card) to the Child Advocacy Center. We will send you a simple, one-page Champion for Children tax credit form that you will need to complete, verifying your donation. Include this tax credit form with your Missouri tax return to the state within 12 months from the date of your contribution.
CFC tax benefit example (based on an individual in the 28 percent tax bracket):
$1,000 Cash Gift............................................................. $1,000
Missouri CFC Tax Credit (50 percent of gift)...................... - $500
Federal Income Tax Deduction (28 percent bracket)........ - $280
State Income Tax Deduction (6 percent bracket)............... - $60
Net Cost to Donor.......................................................... = $160
Note: Tax benefits differ if using Alternative Minimum Tax. In addition, out-of-pocket costs can vary, depending on your individual income tax bracket. Please consult your tax advisor with specific questions about your individual tax liability.
For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Revenue Tax Bureau, email@example.com or (573)522-6864 (individual) or (573)751-4541 (business).
Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Meeting Meal
Multidisciplinary Team members meet once a month over the noon hour to review and collaborate on select cases. The CAC solicits donated meals for this regular meeting. Restaurants, service organizations and church groups have all provided this meal for 30-35 people, either through restaurant catering or home-cooked pot-luck food. Call Linda, 831-2327, to sign up for a meal.
Because of the confidential nature of our work, volunteering for the Child Advocacy Center includes special requirements. Volunteers must pay for and pass a background check and commit to providing a minimum of 40 volunteer hours during their time with us. (There is no required time frame for completing the 40 hours.) For more information, contact Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-site Unpaid Intern
Because of the confidential nature of our work, interning with the Child Advocacy Center includes special requirements. Interns must pay for and pass a background check. Based on the requirements of a student's degree program, he or she typically commits to providing between 120-150 hours a semester to the internship. For more information, please email Kim S. at email@example.com.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Even though the nature of our work restricts the number of on-site volunteer opportunities, there are many other ways to give of your time, either individually or as a group, on behalf of the CAC.
Throughout the year, but particularly in the spring and fall, employee groups, church groups and service organizations contribute a valuable half-day of outside clean-up work, clearing brush, trimming bushes, raking leaves and hauling off yard waste. Call Linda, 831-2327, to sign up for a work day (most often on a Saturday or Sunday when families and children are not on-site.)
The CAC appreciates the donation of everyday items that are important to the day-to-day operations of the center. For more information, call Linda or Kathy, 831-2327.
- Laundry Supplies
- Laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
- Colorfast Clorox
- Regular Clorox
- Fabric Softener
- Bathroom Supplies
- Pump hand-soap
- Pump hand-sanitizer
- Pump hand cream
- Air Freshener
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
- Kleenex Boxes
- Little Golden Books
- Coloring books
- "Spinner" books (paper books that stores put on spinning racks: Berenstein Bears, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Sesame Street, etc.)
- Snacks and Drinks
- Horizon Lowfat Chocolate Milk
- 6-ounce bottled water
- Juice boxes (containing some real fruit juice)
- Capri Sun drinks (containing some real fruit juice)
- Animal Crackers (boxes of 6-8 individual bags)
- Fruit Roll-ups (boxes of 8-10 individually-packaged roll-ups)
- Fruit Snacks (boxes of 8-10 individual packets)
- Teddy Grahams (boxes of 8-10 individual bags)
- Examination Room Supplies
- Diaper Cream - small travel tubes to give to families
- Underwear, youth sizes for boys and girls; teen sizes for girls
- Panty-liners, various sizes
- Tampons, small
- Over-the-counter Head Lice Treatment
- Distraction Toys – bubbles, handheld games, squishy balls, a variety of I-Spy books
- Office Supplies
- Copy paper, 8 1/2" x 11", white
- Copy paper, 8 1/2" x 11", colors (any)
- Standard file folders, manila-colored
- Standard file folders, colors (any)
- Paperclips, smallest size
- Batteries, AA, AAA, C, D sizes
Agency and Organizational Support
We also benefit from the support of these wonderful organizations:
- Community Foundation of the Ozarks
- Christ Church Unity
- First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
- Leadership Springfield
- Linus Project
- Missouri Foundation for Health
- Missouri State University Citizenship and Service Learning
- Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation
- Ozarks Piecemakers Quilt Guild
- Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
- Springfield Sertoma Club
- Springfield Church of Christ
- United Way of the Ozarks