Leadership Joplin to Host Workday on Community Project

Joplin, MO — Members of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s (JACC) 2023 Leadership Joplin class will complete the final installation of various play equipment, decorations, and a plaque, at Landreth Park on Saturday, June 17 at 9:00 am.. This will complete the class’s community service project, a soothing sound garden designed to aid children and other individuals with various auditory or sensory disorders.

Leadership Joplin (LJ) has been a program of the JACC for more than four decades with more than 1,000 graduates. The goal of the program is to identify, cultivate, and motivate future community leaders. Each year’s class is required to identify and complete a community service project, usually driven by a subcommittee of class members.

“We had a lot of great ideas we talked about in the beginning, but we settled on this sound garden with the hope of providing a calm, family environment that everyone can enjoy, regardless of any disability they might have,” said Kat DeGraff, community bank lender with Arvest Bank and LJ class of 2023.

“It’s going to be super exciting when this thing is finished and families and the rest of the community can enjoy it,” said Josh Oathout, LJ class member and land development department manager for OWN, Inc. “Its been a long journey and a lot of work, but it’s going to be awesome to be able to offer this to the community. I have to thank our whole class for volunteering multiple hours working on the project.”

The Leadership Joplin class of 2023 would like to thank the project donors Land Development Group, Joplin Parks and Recreation, Joplin Concrete, American Ramp Company, All Seasons, OWN, Clay Cole Trucking, Goins Enterprises, Webb City Florist, and Anchor Crushed Limestone.

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