For a More Beautiful Carthage

Project of
Vision Carthage

Last year we purchased self-watering planters for the Square and they've turned out to be wonderful, alleviating the need for daily watering by busy folks. Now we plan to purchase more to continue the beautiful look — join our efforts by donating on Give Carthage Day!

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Pledge Incentives

$25.00 Level

4 Supporters

Your gift of $25 or more will make an impact. We'll be able to purchase a flat of flowers for our planters!

$50.00 Level

1 Supporter

Your donation puts us $50 closer to our goal! We'll be able to purchase several bags of mulch.

$75.00 Level

0 Supporters

Your $75 donation will really help with the cost of the planters. Check back on our project's progress!

$100.00 Level

4 Supporters

Your generous donation puts us $100 closer to our goal! This will really assist us in being able to purchase the self-watering planters.

Project Overview

We're all about making Carthage look better! Whether that is helping homeowners fix up the exterior of their property or planting flowers, our goal is enhance Carthage in any way we can.

We also bring volunteers together to plant flowers at the Courthouse, YMCA and Boots Motel. Additionally, we help homeowners in need on exterior repairs to their home.  We power wash, pull up weeds, stain decks, and make minor repairs.  

You can sign up to receive text alerts when we have workdays, too!  Send a text message to this number: 81010. The body of the text should say: @cibloom  When we have workdays, we'll send out a reminder...come join us if you can!

We'd love to have your support and involvement!




Give Carthage Day

What a wonderful surprise to be blessed by so many donations from so many! Vision Carthage is humbled to be the recipient of the Give Carthage Day and you all really took us by surprise with your generosity! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You will be seeing more planters around the square in the upcoming months. We plan to be excellent stewards of the funds you have gifted us with and look forward to beautifying Carthage in more ways this year! Thank you again for being so generous! Warmly, Abi Almandinger, Vision Carthage Board Member


About Vision Carthage

Planning for the future development and implementation of the revitalization of Carthage based on the community studies.

Vision Carthage is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Missouri and registered with the IRS as a 501 c 3 organization with a active Board of Directors, elected officers and enacted by-laws. 

A few ideas and priorities:

• Increased signage at Central & Garrison to further note the historical significance of Route 66. Ideas include street inlays, street stencils and/or sidewalk mile markers.
• Sidewalk improvements beginning downtown and extending throughout the city. We feel these improvements will be more welcoming to disabled residents and visitors as well as further encourage foot traffic and healthy family lifestyles. Projects include better defined crosswalks possibly with brick inlay, improve or replace sidewalks for general safety and work to add walking and biking trails to extend out to established recreational areas, Fairview Sports Complex and Municipal Park.
• Welcome signage located on east side of Hwy 96 (Kellogg Lake), west side of Central Ave at Hwy 71 by-pass, South Grand Ave (EL Charro) and possibly at Fir Rd and Hwy 71 by-pass. All signs would have similar welcome to Carthage branding and utilize Carthage stone. 
• Attractive Streetscaping that may include: trees in the sidewalks and landscaping, hanging baskets along streets & square, music on the square, banners on the light post that are appropriate for the season or activity, benches on the square and Christmas lights on all main thoroughfares
• Increased signage and turn by turn directions on Route 66 and promotion of the Jasper County Courthouse Route 66 Museum.
• Promote history and visibility of Route 66 & Jefferson Hwy.
• Re-evaluating and promoting zoning and façade plan for downtown and Square. 
• Extending sidewalks on the North, South & West sides of the square
• Connecting a walking trail to the west side of Carthage through town and to Kellogg Lake area