The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, awarded a $19,000 grant to Care to Learn through the Coover Regional Grantmaking Program.

Care to Learn will use the grant funding to support the Care to Learn Clothing Closet concept in the Ava, Greenfield, Marionville and Monett school districts. These clothing closets provide an on-site change of clothes for students who come to school with unsuitable clothing or dirty their clothes during the day, without the need for parents to come to school or leave their jobs.

“These schools with Care to Learn chapters will be able to have a closet with clothes year-round for the students,” said Care to Learn Executive Director Linda Ramey-Greiwe.

Care to Learn was one of 17 awardees selected to receive $250,000 in funding for work on poverty, health, education, community development and arts issues. The CFO received 101 proposals requesting $1.2 million in funding.

These grants are made possible through the generosity of the late Julia Dorothy Coover, who worked for Commerce Bank for 30 years. She established the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor her husband’s memory. Since then, the Coover Charitable Foundation has awarded about $5.4 million in grants across the Ozarks.

With this year’s distributions, the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation surpassed the $5 million milestone in grants and distributions since its first awards in 2002.

“It is our sincere pleasure have helped the Coover fund give back to the community in excess of $5 million with this year’s round of distributions,” said Commerce Trust Vice President Jill Reynolds. “We are elated to continue to assist these organizations that are all working so hard to benefit our communities in southern Missouri. Mrs. Coover would be so proud to see the impact she and her husband have made through their generous legacy.”

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation that holds more than 3,000 funds for donors, nonprofit partners and 49 affiliate foundations, including the Aurora Area Community Foundation. Founded in 1973, the CFO has made grants and distributions of more than $300 million and currently holds assets of more than $300 million, as of March 31.