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Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) is a not-for-profit agency working toward alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in the Ozarks. OACAC serves Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster Counties. 

OACAC offers seven programs: Family Planning, Foster Grandparent, Head Start, Housing, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Neighborhood Centers and Weatherization.
As part of a nationwide network of Community Action Agencies, OACAC continues to fight poverty with new and innovative programs and expanded services for children through Head Start and Early Head Start.
From developing programs for families to initiating community projects, OACAC is committed to making the Ozarks a better place to live and work for all residents.



Share the Light

Help Alice 95.5, City Utilities and OACAC “Share The Light” and help keep families in their homes this Holiday Season!

On Saturday, December 17, visit the Alice 95.5 studios at Sunshine & Glenstone between 7am to 7pm to give your $10 donation and receive a festive 2-pack of Christmas Light bulbs (one red, one green).  All proceeds benefit Project Share, a donations based project which helps City Utilities customers who are struggling to pay their utility bills. Do you know ONE in FIVE Greene County residents live in poverty?  Help us keep them warm this winter by giving a gift to the SHARE THE LIGHT campaign.

Can't make it by on December 17?  That's ok, you can still contribute to the campaign!  If you’re a City Utilities customer, look for the Project Share section on your bill and designate any amount you'd like.  Not a City Utilities customer but interested in giving to the campaign?  You can make a donation check payable to City Utilities, c/o Project SHARE at PO Box 551, Springfield, MO 65801.  Every amount helps - thank you.   


Board Member of the Month - November 2016

Always helpful with OACAC projects, a dedicated Christian County Advisory Board and OACAC Area Board member, and a strong advocate for our community and the mission of Community Action - our November Board Member recognition goes to Katrina Green. Thanks, Katrina, we appreciate you!

10 years of service

Congratulations to Nancy Gailey of our Christian County Neighborhood Center, for 10 years of service with OACAC. She is pictured here with Shelly Treece, Darla Boice, and Katrina Green, friends and colleague.

Congratulations Greene County Board

Congratulations and thank you goes to our friends on the Greene County Board for perfect attendance at meetings during the 2015-2016 year. More than attending meetings, these friends work to make life better, not just for those living in poverty, but for our whole community. Pictured left to right, Paula Mccurdy, Tim Prater, Dave O'Dell, and Carl Rosenkranz, OACAC Executive Director.

Giving Tuesday

Poverty is prevalent across the Ozarks.  In the 10 counties served by the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, poverty is at 18.51%.  This is considerably higher than both the state and national rates.  OACAC's vision of a community of reduced poverty and improved quality of life for the families and individuals we serve can be realized with your help.

Your donation on Giving Tuesday provides opportunity, access, health, and hope to the children, seniors, individuals and families we serve.  Thank you.   

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity.  It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life."  -Nelson Mandela 

Offices Closed

OACAC offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of Thanksgiving.  We are wish you and yours a lovely holiday. 

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." -Garrison Keillor


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Updated on June 28, 2016

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