About the Campaign
On Tuesday, October 19th, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks (CCO) and SRC Holdings made an announcement which will benefit the CCO and Southwest Missouri community for years to come. To simplify and amplify CCO’s mission of moving neighbors from scarcity to security, they unveiled plans for a new headquarters located at 3055 E. Division.
The capital campaign goal of $6.2 million represents the boldest fundraising initiative of the Council of Churches’ history. The campaign name, Levell Up, honors the late Rev. Dr. Dorsey Levell, who not only founded CCO, but served as CEO for 30 years. At first announcement, there is only $2.4 million left to raise toward the total goal.
“For over 50 years, community support has allowed children to be fed nutritious meals, homeless women access to safe shelter, seniors to retain their independence, and hard-working (but hard-pressed) families access to essential resources,” remarks Jaimie Trussell, CCO President and CEO. “This campus has been a long-time dream of the Council family – and it will allow us to better serve in every way – improving efficiency, responsiveness and our ability to meet needs seamlessly for our neighbors. We could not be more excited to partner with SRC to make this vision a reality.”
Serving an average of 80,000 people each year, the Council of Churches provides a wide array of outreach services from multiple locations. CCO staff, volunteers, and partners are dedicated to the mission to improve the quality of life in our region through compassionate service and outreach to our most vulnerable neighbors by doing what can best be done together in the name of Jesus Christ. In short, the team works tirelessly to bless others and improve the quality of life in Southwest Missouri.
The Council’s new, fully integrated “one stop shop” will better meet community needs, which means overcoming barriers for families will be that much simpler. As it stands, many families go to multiple locations throughout our city to find assistance, with different hours and tasks to complete at each location. This can be a challenge for those with a family, a job, and limited means. This one CCO campus is an incredible opportunity to serve families with dignity as they work towards a more secure life.
Employee-owned SRC became the first major supporter of the Levell Up campaign through an agreement for CCO to purchase their new headquarters, previously an SRC Holdings property. The sale was beneficial to both organizations, and paved the way for more partners to see CCO’s momentum and vision.
The new facility increases available warehouse space by five times, doubles available office space, and boosts CCO’s capacity for growth. This opportunity allows the ministry to serve more families and amplifies their ability to partner and serve alongside other organizations.
While many organizations have dialed back during the pandemic, the Council of Churches is embracing the opportunity to “Levell Up”. With increases in both demand for services and revenue over the past 18 months, the Council is well-positioned to launch this ambitious campaign. Jack Stack, honorary campaign chairman, shared his excitement and trust in CEO Jaimie Trussell, COO and past board member Jay Guffey, CCO board member and Levell Up co-chairman Jim Anderson, and co-chairman Bob Hammerschmidt. SRC proudly supports CCO because the leadership and staff are dedicated to serving the Ozarks with organizational excellence, dignity, and compassion.
Jim Anderson, Levell Up campaign co-chairman and CCO board member, said, “This campaign represents a foundational value of our community: caring for our neighbors. We now have the opportunity to grow even better together and build a positive future. Throughout its history, CCO has practiced wise stewardship to eliminate debt and prepare for the next season of service. Now is the time to ‘Levell Up’!”
The Council of Churches’ mission is accomplished through the dedication of member churches, volunteers, staff, and continual community support. To find out how you can partner, click the link below or call 417-862-3586.