Care to Learn
Nadia Cavner is a community-focused Springfield, Missouri-area philanthropist who engages closely with the Assyrian Church of the East and advocates on behalf of Assyrian refugees in Iraq and Syria. Nadia Cavner is additionally a longtime supporter of Care to Learn, which has developed relationships with school districts and business leaders spanning Missouri in its mission to ensure that students are healthy and well fed.
Ms. Cavner’s support for Care to Learn extended to a generous early-2016 gift of $100,000, earmarked for expansion of the nonprofit into areas where emergent needs are reaching critical levels.
As reported by KY3 News in August 2016, the organization is on a sustained grown path that has included adding several new chapters in municipalities such as Walnut Grove, Mountain Grove, Monett, Ava, and Wright City. In total, Care to Learn is now engaged in partnership with 28 school districts statewide.
The nonprofit’s executive director describes a long-term plan of expanding to 10 further communities over the next decade, with an emphasis on putting local donations to immediate, impactful use in the local community.
A nationally recognized financial advisor, Nadia Cavner served as the president of Nadia Cavner Group Investment Services for over two decades. An active philanthropist, Nadia Cavner supports the Assyrian Church of the East, which runs a relief organization called ACERO.
ACERO is a nonprofit which raises funds to help Assyrians in need, including those living as refugees in the Middle East. One of the organization’s programs is focused on alleviating the suffering of refugees fleeing Mosul, Iraq’s second city.
Because of civil war, many people fled Mosul. International organizations have estimated the figure to be 500,000. Some of these people sought shelter in local churches. They included Assyrians, Chaldeans, Catholics, and Arabs. Many arrived with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. If they were to survive, help was necessary.
ACERO responded by disbursing financial aid to the local churches, converting a priest’s home and one of the organization’s classrooms into shelters to house displaced families, and distributing food in the local parishes.
While the organization’s help came in good time, more needs to be done. ACERO is raising funds to distribute more food baskets, build water tanks, and install electric generators.