Programs & Partnerships

The Dunklin/Stoddard Caring Council is proud of the strong partnerships and collaborative efforts formed within our

local communities.  The programs and services at the Caring Council provide resources to meet the needs of local children and families.  A major strength of the Dunklin/Stoddard Partnership is our commitment to link and strengthen partnering throughout the community.  To find out more about any of the programs listed below and other programs and services we offer, visit our Contact Us page.


ICARE (Individual Cancer Assistance Relief Effort) is a program that provides direct assistance to local cancer patients.  Services through this program include travel assistance, nutritional supplements, and financial aid to support activities of daily living.

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Family Outreach Programs

The Family Outreach Team provides Parent Aide Services, Parent Education and Training, and other Service Delivery Coordination to families through a partnership with Missouri Children's Division.


SkillUP Missouri offers SNAP recipients the opportunity to gain skills, training or work experience. SkillUP is offered at no cost to the participants and helps promote employability and self sufficiency. 

Community Garden

The Kennett Community Garden represents a broad-based local coalition of churches, civic groups, schools, agencies, businesses, local gardening experts, and other individuals focused on one goal: providing healthy food and nutritional crop awareness throughout the community.

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Stork Store

The Stork Store is an incentive-based program for parents and caregivers of young children.  By accessing services provided by partner programs such as WIC, Health Department, Parents as Teachers, Building Blocks, and Project WIN, parents can earn stork cash to be exchanged in the store for necessities like diapers, wipes, and baby food.

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Utility Assistance

Through funding provided by the EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program), the Dunklin County Caring Council provides Utility Assistance to households in need.

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Childcare Aware

The goal of Childcare Aware is to raise the quality of early child care educational experiences in Missouri by improving services through training, education, quality standards, coaching, and business support. Every young child deserves safe, quality learning experiences.

Children's Trust Fund

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund envisions children and families in a safe, nurturing and healthy environment, free from child abuse and neglect.

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Farm to School

Through a grant provided by Missouri Foundation for Health, Dunklin County Farm to School Program educates local elementary schools about the complete seed to table process with hands-on learning.  Through this funding, two local schools have acquired greenhouses to grow their own fresh produce.

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Heart of Christmas

The Dunklin County Heart of Christmas Program partners with the seven local school Districts to identify families who are in need of help this Christmas season.  Individuals, organizations, churches, and businesses then "adopt" families to sponsor for Christmas.

United Way

A partnership between the Dunklin/County Caring Council, Kennett Chamber of Commerce, businesses, churches, community leaders, and volunteers focuses on areas including helping children, youth, and disabled adults achieve their potential, the promotion of financial stability and independence, and improves public health.