Report shows benefits of community service funds

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Monday, April 24 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 1:34:00 PM CDT April 24, 2017 in News
By: Lexi Larson, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The Boone County Community Services Department recently released its 2016 Annual Report and Program Directory, which highlights where money from the Children’s Services, Community Health, Domestic Violence, and Social Services Funds went and how they benefited those organizations. 

The Community Services Department funds 47 programs aimed at improving the lives of Boone County residents. 

In 2016, the Children's Services Fund accumulated over $6 million dollars in revenue. The Community Health Fund raised $500,000, the Social Services Fund raised $30,000 and the Domestic Violence Fund raised $27,000.

The Children's Services Fund was created in 2012 to provide services to protect the well-being and safety of children and youth nineteen years of age or less and to strengthen families.

The largest portion of the fund, 38 percent, went to children ages six to 11.
 
Kelly Wallis, the Boone County Community Services Director, said the Children's Services Fund has so much more money because it has a designated sales tax. 
 
"The other funds, like the Domestic Violence Fund, the only funding for that is through some court fees, so we only get the designated court fees go into that fund."
 
Wallis said she thinks the biggest impact the Children's Services Fund has had on the community is allowing all children in Boone County schools to be screened.
 
"So we're able to identify children who might be high risk, and we're able to identify them earlier," Wallis said. "We also have brought that down to early childhood centers."
 
One organization that has benefited from the Children's Services Fund is the Columbia Boys & Girls Club. 

Columbia Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Valorie Livingston said her organization received $250,000 from the Fund in 2016.

"It has allowed us to enhance and expand programs, as well as provide mental health support to the youth and families that we serve."

For example, Livingston said the money funded the hiring of a full time licensed clinical social worker.

"So that we had somebody on site to provide additional support and advice four our staff on how to handle certain situations with kids."

Livingston said the fund has allowed the Boys & Girls Club to help over 500 children last year alone. 

 
 

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