May Is Community Action Month

What is Community Action?

Developed in 1964 to combat poverty, Community Action Agencies address multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with community organizations, involve low-income people in agency operations, and administer a range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.

Our History

In November, 1965, OACAC was organized as a non-profit agency designed to work toward alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in Southwest Missouri, including the counties of Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster. Throughout the years, programs have been implemented to focus on new issues, modified to meet the changing needs of the community, and have been spun off to other agencies to serve the Ozarks more effectively and efficiently. We are proud to be one of 19 Community Action Agencies in the state of Missouri and more than 1,000 such agencies across the nation serving children, adults, seniors, individuals, and families. Community Action services are available across 99% of the nation.

What is Community Action Month?

Celebrated annually in May, Community Action Agencies across the nation highlight the achievements of the families we serve as well as our volunteers, board members, and staff. We’ll be sharing stories of success and promoting our programs and projects all month. Follow us on facebook and twitter.