What We're Up To
The Burrell Foundation participated in the 2021 COMO Gives campaign. This month-long campaign was geared to help us raise funds to support our planned Behavioral Crisis Center (BCC) in Columbia, MO. This 24/7/365 facility is designed for those experiencing a mental health or substance-use crisis. Because of the generosity of the community, we surpassed our goal of $10,000, and raised more than $13,000 for this important cause!
We've been embracing the outdoors as a great add-on to mental health services! Thanks to a partnership with 37 North Expeditions and the Burrell Foundation, youth in our community based and residential programs have been able to venture out to locations throughout the Ozarks this year. The goal of these excursions has been to help youth learn another way to practice self-care, manage stress, remove distractions, enhance self-esteem and create connections. This program will continue in 2022.
On May 7, 2021, the Burrell Foundation and Burrell Behavioral Health held the inaugural Burrell Remembers event, commemorating Mental Health Month and National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. More than 250 community members joined us around Schaible Lake on the beautiful grounds of Burrell's Main Campus in Springfield for music, food, games, and children's activities aimed at promoting and starting conversations about mental health. The evening culminated with a beautiful and poignant water lantern vigil, in which attendees were invited to float landers in remembrance or in honor of someone who has died of or is living with a mental illness.
Thank you to our sponsors: Netsmart Technologies, Andy's Frozen Custard, Neighbor's Mill, Headline Productions, Elite Promotions, Starbucks, Lance Garrison Aerials, and Geezer!
In March, the Burrell Foundation introduced itself to the community by participating in Give Ozarks Day, a region-wide day of giving organized by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. In the 12-hour giving period, Burrell raised $12,352.63 to help completely renovate an outdoor activity area at our Cherry Street Youth Center for adolescents and teens in substance-use recovery services. Supplemented by in-kind donations from Advanced Exercise, Hood-Rich Architecture, Storee Construction Co., and Carson's Nurseries, this new space will change the way our kids relax and exercise following long days of group and individual services. We couldn't be more grateful to our donors and all of our partners who helped make Give Ozarks Day a HUGE success.
On the heels of Give Ozarks Day was NWA Gives (Northwest Arkansas Gives), a similar "giving day" concept for our Arkansas Region, headquartered in Rogers, Ark. On NWA Gives, Burrell raised $4,115 to outfit a new play therapy room in the Rogers Clinic. This space -- which allows our youngest clients to heal in and grow in the language they know best... play -- is part of a clinic-wide renovation. We are excited to offer this service to the kids and families of Northwest Arkansas!
Cookie Dough for a Cause
In May, in support of the Burrell Foundation's efforts during Mental Health Month, NoBaked Cookie Dough donated a portion of its proceeds from the entire month toward the Foundation and its mission. To help celebrate, NoBaked brought their "Dough-mobile" to our Main Campus in Springfield to sell samples of their tasty treats. It was a wonderful way to celebrate this partnership and show some love to the Burrell Team. Thank you NoBaked, and all of our Mental Health Month partners, for your generosity!
The Burrell Foundation exists to support the advancement of mental health and inspire hope in communities through connection, advocacy and philanthropy. Are you interested in furthering the cause of behavioral health through donations or a corporate sponsorship? Please email us today or call 833-761-GIVE!E-mail Us