Springfield's Give 5 program gets national attention

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield's mayor shared with mayors from across the country about a unique program for retirees.

The Give 5 program helps retirees in the Springfield area find volunteer opportunities fitting their interests.

The Give 5 program visited five Springfield nonprofits Thursday. And that is just one day of the program. Each class meets one day a week for five weeks, visiting more than 20 agencies where they could volunteer. The class educates participants about the issues our community is facing, like childhood hunger, poverty and a lack of affordable housing. It then introduces them to the nonprofit agencies working to fight those problems. The city encourages the volunteers to give five hours a month to the cause of their choice.

Former City Manager Greg Burris, who leads the Give 5 program, and Mayor Ken McClure spoke to 70 mayors from across the country at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Houston, Texas this week. They were excited to share about the program, so other communities might also reap its benefits.

"We are not unique, but we have a large retiree population between Springfield, Branson, the lakes area," said McClure. "We need to capitalize on that, but really every Community across the country. There's a mayor from a community in Florida that said we have a lot of retirees. We can learn from this."

The next Give 5 class begins May 16th.
If you're interested in the Give 5 program, contact United Way of the Ozarks or click the attached linkl