ST. LOUIS – Care to Learn named Donn Sorensen, Mercy St. Louis regional president, chairman of its St. Louis Board of Directors. Sorensen helped pave the way to bring Care to Learn to the St. Louis area.
Care to Learn was founded in 2008 to quickly meet the needs of students in the areas of health, hunger and hygiene. The group provides immediate assistance for emergent needs such as food, clothing, hygiene products and transportation. In just six years, Care to Learn has fulfilled more than 350,000 requests with chapters in 13 Missouri school districts including Springfield R-12, the state’s largest fully accredited school district.
Representatives from the City of St. Charles School District, Warren County R-III (Warrenton) and Hazelwood School District recently met with Care to Learn founder Doug Pitt to establish the first Care to Learn chapters in the St. Louis, Missouri area.
“The Care to Learn program has been enormously successful in supporting the underserved in Springfield, Missouri, and we expect that it will be highly beneficial to children in need in our community as well,” Sorensen, regional president for Mercy, said.
Today, more than 50 percent of students in the St. Louis area are eligible for free and/or reduced lunch (a recognized indicator of poverty). Care to Learn will work with existing service providers, local businesses and community members to make certain that St. Louis area students have the resources they need to be successful in school.
Additional founding board members are TV sportscaster Joe Buck, retired Cardinals player Jim Edmonds and NFL Rams player Chris Long. Other founding Board members are currently being sourced. For more information on Care to Learn, go to www.caretolearnfund.org.