Promoting social change in the Ozarks.

Our Mission

The Southern Ozarks Alliance for Rural Development (SOAR) raises awareness and funds to increase opportunities for citizens in the southern Ozarks region of Missouri (the counties of Carter, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Reynolds, Shannon, Texas, Wayne, and Wright). Our mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve by working with citizens who share our common goals for a better future. To support this mission, representatives of communities within the southern Ozarks serve on a Board of Directors, providing leadership in the areas of advocacy, resource development, and planning. Our mission will be achieved by working with southern Ozark communities to provide attainable educational opportunities, economic development, and access to affordable housing, technology and transportation.

The SOAR Board’s vision is to improve conditions in our ten-county region of the Ozarks so that every individual can thrive.