FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leaders from several public and private-sector organizations have signed the Help Ozarks Pledge encouraging citizens, businesses and institutions to commit to helping each other through the COVID-19 pandemic, “flattening the curve” and putting people over profits.
According a message to the community posted at HelpOzarks.springfieldmo.gov, “As community leaders, we believe our citizens are committed to helping each other through this. No proclamation or ordinance can bind a heart, but voluntarily, we truly believe our residents are seeking, as President Abraham Lincoln said in another national crisis over 150 years ago, ‘The better angels of our nature.’”
The eight tenets of the Help Ozarks Pledge are:
1. We will practice physical distancing and good hygiene in my daily life to protect the health of community members.
2. I will practice social supports and check daily on at least one person or family especially vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
3. I will volunteer my time or give other resources to help those in need as best I can during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
4. In business, I will put people over profits; I will not take advantage to increase prices, create a false sense of scarcity of products, or deny patrons necessary services or shelter.
5. In business, I will engage creative methods as best I can to help our associates and our community thrive and protect their livelihoods.
6. As a patron, I will buy local through the alternative ways businesses are offering their goods and services.
7. In all my actions, I will work to support the greater good of the Greater Ozarks.
8. I will ask others to join me in the #HelpOzarksPledge.
Those interested in taking the pledge on either an individual or organizational basis can visit HelpOzarks.springfieldmo.gov to see who else has joined you in the commitment.
At this time, participating organizations include:
- City of Springfield
- City Utilities
- Community Foundation of the Ozarks
- Community Partnership of the Ozarks
- Evangel University
- Greene County
- Minorities in Business
- Missouri State University
- The Network
- Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
- Springfield-Greene County Health Department
- Springfield-Greene County Library
- Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management
- Springfield Public Schools
- United Way of the Ozarks
- 417 Magazine
- Ozarks Independent
- City of Nixa
- Nixa Utilities
- Nixa Chamber of Commerce
- Nixa Public Schools
- Burrell Behavioral Health
- Guaranty Bank
- Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
The list of participating organizations is updated daily.
For more information, please contact Cora Scott, director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].