The Have Faith Initiative is comprised of Springfield and Greene County faith leaders who convene virtually to help coordinate the faith community’s response to the COVID 19 health crisis.
This initiative is being led by the City of Springfield and “Philanthropy Row”: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, and United Way of the Ozarks. Reverends Jenn Simmons of National Avenue Christian Church and Bob Roberts of Second Baptist Church serve as co-chairs.
The group was started when the City and County requested assistance after an initial Zoom call with around 30 faith-based organizations revealed members of area congregations had a strong desire to work together and participate in the community’s response to virus control and crisis recovery.
Now, congregational leaders meet bi-weekly via Zoom to discuss how they are serving their membership and various community outreach efforts. During the meeting the group hears updates from City and County leaders, including timely information from the Greene County Health Department.