Southwest Missouri Bank Announces Second Year of Corley Grant Recipients

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(Joplin, MO) – Southwest Missouri Bank, trustee of the W.R. Corley Memorial Trust, has announced the second year of grants from the generous trust set up by the late Bob Corley. Mr. Corley, who passed away in 2019, was a lifelong area resident and entrepreneur who supported many area charities and institutions, such as Missouri Southern State University, Freeman Health System, Mercy Hospital, Salvation Army, and Spiva Center for the Arts. His perpetual trust continues his generosity by providing financial support to area non-profit organizations, particularly those which assist the homeless and disadvantaged populations.

“This year we received applications from almost 50 organizations, and were able to assist 36 area non-profits through the distribution of $236,500,” said Chuck Brown, Senior Vice President and Trust Officer at Southwest Missouri Bank. “Mr. Corley’s legacy will continue to enhance our local communities for many years to come, and will help these organizations provide much-needed services to our residents.”

Organizations receiving funds this year are:

  • Joplin Dental School
  • Joplin Kiwanis
  • Joplin Rotary
  • The Alliance of Southwest Missouri
  • Area Agency on Aging, Region X
  • Aspire Scholarship Program
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Bright Futures Joplin
  • Bright Futures Neosho
  • Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri, Inc.
  • Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri
  • Connect2Culture
  • First Christian Church Joplin
  • Foundation of Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri
  • Freeman Health System
  • God’s Resort
  • Hearts and Hammers
  • Higher Power Garage
  • Jasper County CASA
  • Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Joplin Historical and Mineral Museum
  • Joplin NALA Read
  • Lafayette House
  • Lion Co-op at MSSU
  • Mercy Health Foundation Joplin
  • Missouri Southern Foundation
  • Neighborhood Life House, Inc.
  • Neosho Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Regional Health and Welfare Association
  • Salvation Army Jasper and Newton Counties
  • Solace House of the Ozarks
  • Spiva Center for the Arts
  • St. Ann’s Catholic School
  • Watered Gardens Ministries
  • Webb City Farmers Market
  • Wildcat Glades

A reception will be held for all recipients on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 10:30 am at the Southwest Missouri Bank Community Center at 7th and Duquesne. All media are welcome to attend.


Chuck Brown, Senior Vice President and Trust Officer
Southwest Missouri Bank

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