December 2016 Member News

Member News

FFO Home is partnering with Toys for Tots this year and all of our locations are collecting toys for this great campaign. $25 in Free Accents are being offered when people donate a toy. This promotion lasts until December 19th.

You’re invited to the Spring 2017 College, Career & Health Fair on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Columbia at the Parkade Center from 1 – 5 p.m.  Hosted each year by Moberly Area Community College, the event provides professional networking opportunities for college and high school students as well as community members. Over 50 employers, health care and college representatives will be present. Explore how your skills, interests and values relate to career options, explore a range of careers, prepare for a targeted internship/job search or learn how to expand your education through an Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. For more information, feel free to contact Sonda Stuart, Director of CTE Data & Student Success at 660.263.4100 ext. 11232 or Elaine Avery, Career Specialist at 660.263.4100 ext. 11319.

The 2016 Columbia-Boone County Homelessness Summit was sponsored by the Heart of Missouri United Way, the City of Columbia and County of Boone. The Homelessness Summit ran three sessions that featured discussion of different aspects of the issues presented, attendance at all three sessions is not required. Three national keynote speakers included Linda Kaufman of New York City-based City Solutions; Sarah Buss of Boulder County (CO) Housing & Human Services; and Jason McRoy of Boulder County (CO) Housing & Human Services. This summit provided the opportunity to build consensus on the most critical needs of homeless populations in our community; learn about innovative strategies other communities are utilizing to address homelessness; and identify the most critical actions our community should take to address homelessness.

Boone County mailed more than 133,500 property tax statements, licenses, and special assessments totaling more than $193 million for 2016 have been placed in the mail to Boone County taxpayers. Brian McCollum, Boone County Collector of Revenue, recommends that taxpayers open and inspect their statements as soon as possible and identify any problems. Taxpayers should contact the collector’s office with any issues so that they may be resolved efficiently and effectively. Taxes are assessed on all real estate in the county, and on personal property declared in the county as of January 1, 2016. The tax statements are due and payable upon receipt. Under state law, late penalties and fees will begin to accrue on unpaid taxes on January 1, 2017. There are several methods to make your payment. You can find more information on the collector’s site:

Non-Profit News

The holiday season is upon us and Voluntary Action Center is making final preparations for its annual Holiday Program. For over thirty years, VAC has matched families in need with individuals, families, businesses, and groups who wish to sponsor them for the holiday season. There are still 100 families remaining to be sponsored for this year. Businesses, organizations, groups, schools, or families wishing to sponsor a family in need Sponsors can sign up on line at the VAC web site: or by calling VAC at (573)874-2273. They will match the group with a family or individual, then provide a description of the family and gift ideas for family members. VAC asks sponsors to provide for holiday food and at least one new gift per family member who is under the age of 18, elderly, or has a disability.


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Columbia, Mo 65205