Progressive Ozark Bank donated ,000 to the TCMH Healthcare Foundation's Youth Ambassador endowed scholarship fund to kick off the Healthcare Foundation’s Give Ozarks Day project. Pictured are, from left: April Steele, Youth Ambassador Program director; Monica Hunter, TCMH Youth Ambassador; Earleen Holder, Progressive Ozark Bank in Houston; and Jay Gentry, Healthcare Foundation.

The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation is raising funds for the TCMH Youth Ambassador Endowed Scholarship through the Give Ozarks program.

Give Ozarks –– on Tuesday, May 3 –– is a one-day surge across Missouri that is part of the national “Give Local America Day.” Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) organized the day to benefit its affiliate members and charitable organizations across the Ozarks region. 

On May 3, donors will be able to make online donations at www.giveozarks.org to the healthcare foundation to benefit the TCMH Youth Ambassador Endowed Scholarship.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation is an affiliate member of CFO. Last year, the healthcare foundation raised $14,891 during Give Ozarks day. The total included a $5,000 matching grant from CFO. 

This year, Progressive Ozark Bank in Houston has donated $1,000 to the 2016 effort. CFO will have additional matching funds and prizes available to organizations that rally donors to participate in the 24-hour day of giving on May 3.

“Our goal for 2016 is to raise the endowment fund to $19,000. This is will allow us to give scholarships totaling $750 in 2016,” said Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director. 

The ultimate goal of the foundation is to have an endowment of $25,000 that will cover two annual $500 scholarships for Youth Ambassadors.

“We are excited about growing this endowed scholarship program for the TCMH Youth Ambassadors,” Gentry said.  “The Youth Ambassadors volunteered 1,795 hours in 2015 and are an important resource to the hospital.”

The Youth Ambassador program at TCMH allows selected area high school juniors and seniors and college students to volunteer in hospital departments for medical experience.  Volunteer duties include passing out fresh linens and filling ice water cups for patients on the medical surgical floors, rocking newborns and greeting visitors in the obstetrics department, and reading to and talking with patients in the hospital’s swing bed program.

With the endowed scholarship, eligible Youth Ambassadors would have an opportunity annually to receive a scholarship toward higher education.

Funds donated to the TCMH Healthcare Foundation are tax-deductible. For donations to be included in the Healthcare Foundation’s Give Ozarks Day fundraising effort, they must in the healthcare foundation’s hands by April 25 or given online May 3.

For additional information, contact Gentry at 417-967-1377 or jay.gentry@tcmh.org.

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