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.


The Dunklin/Stoddard Caring Council has recently partnered with the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program to provide training and assistance to volunteers in the program.  CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of the child in the foster care system.


SkillUP Missouri offers food stamp 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.

MERS/Goodwill Youth Program

The Caring Council partners with the MERS/Goodwill Youth Program to provide youth with assistance to develop job goals, work experience, tutoring, support in obtaining a diploma or GED, and job placement services.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Funding provided by the EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program) in Dunklin County enables local recipient organizations the resources to provide emergency services to those in need. 

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.

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities

Dunklin/Stoddard Caring Council is one of eleven organizations around the state to partner with the Missouri Foundation for Health in the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative.  Working in partnership with local school districts, the Caring Council engages multiple organizations to achieve a strong, community-wide effort that builds sustaibability of community-based childhood obesity and prevention efforts.

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.