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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

January 27, 2017

American Recycling Center Expands,
Receives Non-Profit Status with Help
from MU Extension Specialists

OZARK, Mo. — Community Development programs and training by University of Missouri Extension can increase local non-profit impacts. A recent example is an effort with American Recycling Center LLC that got assistance from two University of Missouri Extension specialists.

Dr. Amy Patillo, community development specialist and Willis Mushrush, business development specialist, provided technical assistance and resources to American Recycling Center, LLC of Cabool to support organizational planning for business development.

American Recycling Center achieved non-profit status to establish American Native Solutions and received funding to expand services within the community and to regional businesses.

American Recycling Center opened in September 2015 as a full recycling facility and is focusing on expanding their solid waste recycling program to meet regional needs, increase awareness of recyclables and alleviate stressors of municipal recycling programs.

Through continued development and planning, American Recycling Center has invested in the purchase of a Bobcat to manage increased production and in partnership with the Cabool Development Foundation installed a three- phase converter system to power the equipment.

"Supporting non-profits increases the growth and success of communities and industries. The support these organizations need varies widely from place to place, group to group and situation to situation. The resources provided by MU Extension are designed to help a group do a self-assessment and locate appropriate assistance," said Patillo.

MU Extension's Strengthening Community Non-profit Organizations programming provides resources and assistance to small nonprofit organizations in Missouri that are, in many ways, the backbone of civic life in our communities. These non-profits include neighborhood organizations, community betterment groups, faith-based organizations, auxiliary clubs and educational associations.

"The work of many non-profits define what is unique about the places we live, and their efforts to address some of the most difficult community issues often differentiates a good place to live from a not-so-good place to live," said Patillo.

For more information about community development, programs and resources for non-profits contact MU Extension community development specialist, Dr. Amy Patillo in Christian County (417) 581-3558.

Source: Dr. Amy Patillo, (417) 581-3558

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