Get Involved

Getting involved with the Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL) includes individuals with disabilities participating with the many peer support groups at the center as well as the community through volunteering at the center, involvement with fundraisers or financial donations. Donations to SCIL are tax deductible.

However you choose to support SCIL, we appreciate your commitment to our organization and to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

SCIL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds benefit persons with disabilities.


Support SCIL

& Help People with Disabilities

The Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL) offers choices and empowerment for people with disabilities of all ages and disabilities, as well as the community. Founded in 1985, SCIL is a private, non-profit organization with a majority of staff and the board of directors having a disability.

Your support can improve the quality of life for those with disabilities. You can help by supporting SCIL or specific SCIL programs and services as an individual, business or organization.

SCIL accepts gifts of money, in-kind items or you can remember SCIL in your will with a trust or bequest. However you choose to support SCIL, we appreciate your commitment to our organization.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact the Executive Administrative Assistant at 417.886.1188 or email at

SCIL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds benefit persons with disabilities.

SCIL Mission:

To promote a barrier-free environment for all individuals with disabilities through public education and advocacy for social change, and to provide a full range of independent living services which will assist in progressing each person toward his or her goals for independence.

 Donor Recognition:

SCIL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds benefit persons with disabilities. All monetary donations and in-kind donations valued at $100 or higher will be listed in the SCIL Annual Report and on our website at In addition, donations valued at $250 dollars and higher will be listed on the SCIL Donor Wall at our main office in Springfield.

Donation Levels:

Give for Empowerment   $25,000 +
Give for Independence  $10,000 – $24,999
Give for Choices  $5,000 – $9,999
Advocate  $2,500 – $4,999
Supporter  $1,000 – $2,499
Friend  $0 – $999


Sponsorship Opportunities:

Capital Improvement Campaign

SCIL has broken ground on a $2.3 million 21,150 square foot building to expand services to the disability community in the eight counties they serve.  The second building will be located across the street from the existing building at 2864 S. Nettleton.

The addition of a second building will allow SCIL to expand services, hiring more staff to serve people with disabilities and create more space to provide these services.  The building will house a model apartment in which youth with disabilities can learn independent living skills and prepare them for life on their own after high school graduation.  The apartment will also function as a place for people with newly acquired disabilities to come and learn how to adapt to their disability, and help them to be less dependent on others in their daily life.  The second building will house SCIL’s growing Assistive Technology (AT) department, which provides assistive devices and services to assist people with disabilities to increase, maintain or improve their functional capabilities to live independently in their own home.  AT also  has a large recycled medical equipment program, where used equipment such as power chairs and walkers, have been donated, cleaned up and repaired.  SCIL then offers the eqiupment as donation to people with disabilities at no charge.  There will also be a larger equipment demonstration room for people to try a variety of adaptive items, such as adaptive phones, magnifiers and hard of hearing equipment.

RAMPS (Renovation and Modification Projects) works to improve accessibility for low income people with disabilities in their homes and includes building wooden wheelchair ramps, door widenings, bath and kitchen modifications, and installing grab bars, hand rail and hand held shower heads. Sponsors can donate in-kind donations of tools for volunteers to use or materials to build as well as monetary donations to purchase both material and labor.

RAMP CAMP benefits RAMPS and is held periodically throughout the year to teach volunteers how to build wheelchair ramps. Sponsor logos may be displayed on signage, printed material and t-shirts.
Levels of sponsorship include:

  • Presenting Sponsorship: $20,000  – includes an on-site event and marketing exposure.
  • Build a Community: $10,000
  • Sponsor a Ramp: $750 per ramp

Youth Services teaches independent life skills for youth with disabilities. Youth Services offers a variety of programs to teach and engage participants through groups, one-on-one meetings, community presentations and special events.

  • Your Life group meets weekly for youth with disabilities ages 14 to 25 and teaches a variety of independent living topics such as self-advocacy, birds and bees, building good character, current events, healthy relationships, hygiene, money management, personal safety, pre-employment, self determination and social skills.
  • Evening of Enchantment Prom is held in May for youth with disabilities to create a magical memory for you who would typically not have the experience.  Nearly 200 youth attend each year and enjoy dancing, dinner, limo rides, photos and door prizes.
  • Price Cutter Charity Championship golf tournament each August benefits Youth Services. To support PCCC and SCIL, you can help in these ways:
  1. Purchase $25 Raffle tickets to win a new Mustang, $10,000 or other prizes
  2. Purchase VIP Tickets to watch  the tournament $1,000 for 4 tickets
  3. Purchase a Pro-Am Team to play with the pros
  4. Donate in-kind items to the Golf Ball Charity Auction

Assisting Consumers Through Technology (ACTT) offers seniors and people with disabilities adaptive equipment and devices at no charge in order to help them remain independent. Items such as magnifiers, wheelchairs, walkers, bath benches and hard of hearing devices are often the piece that keeps a person in their home. As technology continues to grow, the availability of assistive devices does too. Helping fund technology such as an iTouch or iPad along with specialized apps that individuals cannot afford can be a lifesaver. Sponsors can support ACTT with monetary donations as well as donating good condition equipment for others to use.

Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair (DATR & OAF) is co-hosted with SCIL and Missouri Department of Conservation at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range. The annual event is held the third weekend of June and offers people with disabilities of all ages and disability types the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Volunteers teach participants fishing, archery, shotgun, outdoors skills, crafts and other outdoor experiences. The Andy Dalton Shooting Range is fully accessible and adaptive equipment is provided. Everyone is invited including friends and family to ensure inclusiveness. SCIL has proudly helped host this event for many years. Sponsors can support the event costs or provide in-kind items.

Day at the Lake (DATL) provides opportunities for those with disabilities of all ages to enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing and so much more!  Water is an incredible equalizer.  It provides a chance for people with disabilities to enjoy the freedom that only water can provide by removing those land-based barriers they face daily.  It allows a way to compensate for whatever loss of function they experience in a low-impact, near weightless environment that refreshes the mind and body.  Day at the Lake is held annually in September.

Transition Services provides low income people with disabilities one-on-one support in moving from a nursing home or institution into the community. Often they have no household goods, furniture nor the means to acquire the necessary items to live on their own in their own home or apartment. Sponsors can provide monetary donations to help purchase items or can donate in-kind items such as household goods, furniture or cleaning supplies.