Arts Council of Southeast Missouri

Brief Description:

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri was founded in 1961 by local metal-smith, Otto F. Dingeldein. We are proud to be the oldest Arts Council in the state, and even precede the Missouri Arts Council in date of origination by a few years. Our mission is to provide a forum for residents and artists of the Southeast Missouri region to explore, experience, and share in the diversity and excitement of the arts. We do this by providing over 100 educational programs and events to the area over the course of the calendar year.

Contact: Sara Steffans

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Brief Description:

Our mission at Big Brothers Big Sisters is to build trusting and enduring relationships that encourage and support young people.
Our Vision is: Little Brothers and Little Sisters will OWN their future.
We believe that children, teens and young adults are powerful. We believe that their voices matter; that they are capable of greatness despite the tough circumstances they face. We enter this new century with our historic promise intact – to be there to support, guide, coach, encourage one child at a time. But in our second century we will make room, build spaces where young people can assert themselves; find their voice, build their own social networks and prepare, with confidence, for a bright future.

Contact: Ashley Beggs

Cape Area Habitat for Humanity

Brief Description:

Habitat’s vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Mission statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.


Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation

Brief Description:

The Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation, through the support of community, will provide to the schools additional resources through donations, grants and endowments to enhance the educational opportunities of its students. It is the mission of the Foundation to provide our students extraordinary opportunities to learn, and to help distinguish Cape Girardeau as the best place to live, learn and work in the state.

Contact: Amy McDonald

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri

Brief Description:

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is a non-profit, faith-based social service organization providing services to vulnerable individuals and families in the Roman catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. This area covers 39 counties of southern Missouri encompassing approximately the southern third of the state stretching from the Illinois border to the east to the Kansas/Oklahoma border to the west.

Contact: Kyle Schott

Community Counseling Center

Brief Description:

Community Counseling Center’s mission is to provide comprehensive behavioral health and prevention services to every person in need in our five county region.

Contact: Mary Burton

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Brief Description:

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a public foundation serving the Missouri Ozarks. CFO is dedicated to working with its donors, non-profit partners, and affiliated community foundations in meaningful and purposeful ways.
The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in our region through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration, and public leadership.

Contact: Judy Cantoni

Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri

Brief Description:

As a community partnership for Southeast Missouri we maximize resources to develop and deliver a wide range of services that improve the lives of individuals, children, and families, and to build strong neighborhoods & communities

Contact: Tony Buehrle

Friends of Cape Girardeau Public Library Foundation

Brief Description:

The Friends of the Cape Girardeau Public Library Foundation is a fundraising arm of the Cape Girardeau Public Library. They raise money for materials, special events and services that the annual library budget cannot afford. Their annual fundraising events include two book sales and a membership drive.

Contact: Katie Hill

Gibson Recovery Center

Brief Description:

The Gibson Center works to bring every individual a new chance for a better life. We provide services to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap. The Gibson Center is a non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of creating and operating needed substance use services. It operates under the statutes and regulations of the State of Missouri which governs organizations of this type.

Contact: John Gary

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Brief Description:

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Contact: Renee Trout

Hendrickson Business Advisors

Brief Description:

Hendrickson Business Advisors’ help businesses and non-profits become more successful by focusing on top line growth through well-designed marketing strategies and bottom line impact through sound management strategies.

Humane Society of Southeast Missouri

Brief Description:

The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri are an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in Southeast Missouri. We envision a community where every animal has a safe and loving home. Our care and support helps more than 3,500 animals stay off the street each year.

We receive no operating funds from the government or the Humane Society of the United States. We rely on the love and support of our community for volunteers and donations to continue our mission.

Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce

Brief Description:

Those who live and work within the Jackson area have found that the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce is an ideal partner. The Chamber will assist in relocating, referring and helping you and your business in order to succeed. The Chamber is a strong supporter of business, community and city.

It is our goal to represent our community’s needs in the fields of business, education and industry. With a membership of over 500, the Chamber is continually growing and changing to meet the needs of its members. With the help of the Jackson Industrial Development Company (JIDC), the Chamber is known as the premier business-related organization in the community.

Contact: Brian Gerau

Jackson R-2 School District Foundation

Brief Description:

The Jackson R-2 School District Foundation is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the excellence of Jackson R-2 Schools by providing alternative resources to expand educational opportunities.

Kellerman Foundation

Brief Description:

Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman have been committed to and involved in preservation since 1971. Both were professors at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman taught Interior Design and was instrumental in the development of the Historic Preservation program. Dr. Bert Kellerman was in the College of Business and served as Chair of the Marketing Department from its inception in 1976. In 1994, he became the Associate Dean in the Harrison College of Business.

After successful careers in higher education, Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman, at the urging of neighbors, friends and colleagues, created the Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation as a means to leave a legacy of historic preservation for Southeast Missouri.

The Kellermans have restored both commercial and residential structures in the area. They have also received local and state awards for their preservation efforts.

Lutheran Family and Children Services

Brief Description:

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS) is a non-profit social services organization serving the State of Missouri. The organization has been in existence since 1868, when it was founded as a residence for children left homeless after the Civil War.


Missouri Veterans Home

Brief Description:

The Missouri Veterans Homes manage a total of 1350 beds that provide long term skilled nursing care in compliance with 157 Federal Department of Veterans Affairs regulations. The Homes are located in Cameron, Cape Girardeau, Mexico, Mount Vernon, St. James, St. Louis, and Warrensburg.

Contact: Kristen Pind

Notre Dame Regional High School

Brief Description:

The Mission of the NDHS Education Fund Foundation is to develop, promote, and sustain Catholic secondary education exclusively at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, through the stewardship of the endowed and designated funds entrusted to the Foundation. We believe that every child has the potential to be an apostle of Jesus Christ. We are motivated by our core values of academic excellence based upon the Gospel values centered in the Roman Catholic Church.

Contact: Alex Jackson

Old Town Cape

Brief Description:

Old Town Cape is a community driven, non-profit organization that utilizes the Four-Point Main Street Approach™ to preserve, promote, revitalize, and enrich the historic, cultural, and economic landscapes of downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Contact: Liz Haynes

Options for Women Cape

Brief Description:

Options for Women is a non-profit, community outreach program that offers medical quality pregnancy tests, limited first trimester ultrasound, advocacy services, parenting classes, material resources assistance and community/medical referrals to those facing planned or unplanned pregnancy. Our vision is to see life valued and families strengthened. All of our services are free and confidential.

Safe House for Women

Brief Description:

The Safe House for Women is a non-profit domestic violence agency that provides safe refuge and support services to those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Through our residential shelter and outreach office, we provide 24-hour crisis hotline services, intensive case management, individual and group counseling, court advocacy, referral services, and violence prevention programs. The Safe House has served the Cape Girardeau region for 25 years, and we continue to work toward a community in which everyone lives free from abuse.

Contact: Jessica Hill

Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation

Brief Description:

The ongoing mission of Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation is to wholly support the community via the patients and families we serve through financial support for new technologies, special projects, capital expansion, long-term financial stability and other essential needs identified by Saint Francis Healthcare System. Our philosophy, ³It is in Giving that We Receive,² is the cornerstone of the Foundation and provides a guide to contributing to the overall efforts of Saint Francis as it continues to meet the medical needs of patients throughout our five-state region.

Saxony Lutheran High School

Brief Description:

Saxony Lutheran High School, grades 9-12, exists to center students on Christ and God’s Word, to strive for excellence in all phases of education and to prepare students for a life of Christian discipleship using God’s Word as their guide.

Contact: John Morgan

SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI)

Brief Description:

SADI provides non-residential independent living, advocacy, personal care, employment development, transportation and transition services to people with disabilities so they can remain in their home and community. Our independent living and mission philosophy is Choice, Change, Control. Advocating choices that enable change, thus allowing more control over the lives of people with disabilities in the five counties of Cape, Bollinger, Perry, Scott and Mississippi.

SEMO Network Against Sexual Violence (NASV)

Brief Description:

The Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO-NASV) was formed in 1997 to serve as a first-response agency to provide timely, compassionate, coordinated care for child and adult victims of sexual violence. Because sexual violence has long-term and far-reaching effects on adults and children as well as their families, SEMO-NASV offers advocacy, counseling and forensic care for all victims of sexual violence in southeast Missouri.

Contact: Kendra Eads

Sikeston Public Schools Foundation

Brief Description:

Welcome to the Sikeston Public Schools Foundation, where we work to promote educational excellence for every child by raising, managing, and distributing private investment to benefit the students of Sikeston Public Schools.

Contact: Amy Blanton

Southeast Missouri University Foundation

Brief Description:

The University Foundation, since its inception in 1983, has furthered the causes and mission of Southeast Missouri State University. The Foundation obtains and manages resources that allow the University to enhance the quality and extend the range of services provided to its students and the region.

The Foundation recognizes special opportunities for the University, and undertakes and supports fundraising activities that provide resources to enable the University to capitalize on these opportunities. The Foundation recognizes donors and provides strength for the continually improving growth, visibility, and excellence of the University.

Contact: Trudy Lee

Southeast MO Foodbank

Brief Description:

Southeast Missouri (SEMO) Food Bank is the Feeding America network food bank for southeast Missouri, serving more than 180 hunger-relief organizations across 16 Missouri counties. We are also a part of Feeding Missouri a coalition of six food banks serving the state. SEMO Food Bank reaches nearly 58,000 individuals each month with food assistance and distributes more than 8 million pounds of food annually. SMFB has earned the Better Business Bureau accreditation and follows their set of standards for charitable accountability. Our distribution facility in Sikeston Missouri has also received “superior” AIB International food safety certifications.

Contact: Lisa Church

SoutheastHEALTH Foundation

Brief Description:

The mission of SoutheastHEALTH Foundation is:
To build healthier lives and community well-being by providing resources to enhance the capacity of SoutheastHEALTH in our region.

SoutheastHEALTH Foundation, Inc. was organized in 1977 as an independent 501 (c)3 non-profit entity to ensure the future of healthcare in our region.

Three Rivers College

Brief Description:

Three Rivers College inspires, prepares, and empowers students to succeed through open access to high-quality learning opportunities that meet the needs of the communities we serve.

United Way of Southeast Missouri

Brief Description:

United Way of Southeast Missouri fights for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, and Perryville Counties, and Scott City. Through our network of more than 30 funded agencies and programs, United Way of Southeast Missouri serves as the leader in uniting people and resources to build a stronger and healthier community.

Voices for Children/ CASA of Southeast Missouri

Brief Description:

In our own area, the 32nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri which includes Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, and Perry counties, over 350 children are currently in foster care due to child abuse and neglect. These children are innocent victims who need a voice in the system. Each of these children will end up in court and a judge will decide their future. A Voices for Children/CASA volunteer can speak on behalf of the child and provide the Court with additional information to allow them to make the most informed decision possible as to what is in the best interest of the child.