Connecting To Our Community
We all live and work in Springfield so we love giving back to the community. We’ve had a busy summer so far connecting to our community as your community-owned utility.
Every year, our employees select a nonprofit to support and this year’s selection is Lost and Found Grief Center. In June, our Diversity Committee hosted a fundraiser lunch, Tastes of the World, for employees to sample foods from around the world. The lunch raised $1,020 for Lost and Found.
Communities In Motion Week, where we celebrate transit and all our great riders, was a great success connecting to our community. On Monday, we served countless riders free donuts and coffee at the Transit Center. On Thursday, we hosted a brand-new farmers market at the Transit Center in partnership with Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. At the farmers market, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants could use their SNAP benefits and get twice the produce with double up bucks. On Friday, we celebrated our riders with a Springfield Cardinals spirit day. There were also two days with opportunities for Springfieldians to ride the bus for free!
Finally, we participated in United Way’s Day of Caring. More than 50 employees spent the day volunteering with five different nonprofits including Boys & Girls Club of Springfield, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Dickerson Park Zoo, the Discovery Center, and Ozarks Food Harvest. The projects employees helped accomplish allow the organizations to spend less money on fixing buildings or landscaping, and more money helping people!