Here are the new start dates for the 2020-2021 OACAC Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). November 1: Households with a person who is disabled or age 60+ (2020-2021 applications will be accepted beginning October 1) December 1: All other households (2020-2021 applications will......

Missouri expands eligibility and extends the summer Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application deadline. Low-income Missourians now have until October 31, 2020 to apply for assistance with payments for their summer cooling bills if they are in crisis. To apply for assistance, please contact......

We want to thank all who have supported the Ozark Mountain Monopoly tournament through the years. This event raises funding for our Stone County Neighborhood Center’s emergency fund, which helps people in need. With the health and safety of all in mind, we will not......

AmazonSmile has donated over $200 million to charities worldwide! You can help increase AmazonSmile donations to Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation by shopping at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-0836672 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app. Thank you!...

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Our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, celebrates 49 years of service with OACAC on Sunday, September 13. Carl’s first day as an employee of OACAC was on September 13, 1971. He served as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) from 1970-71 with OACAC in Webster......

Evelyn Lackey retired from OACAC after dedicating 30 years to serving others through our Family Planning program. On September 8, she passed away. Our thoughts and condolences are with Evelyn’s family and friends. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., September 10, 2020,......

Do you need a legal form notarized? We can help. Commonly notarized documents include absentee ballots, advanced health directive forms, wills, power of attorney forms, and more. Call the center in your county to schedule an appointment. There is no fee for this service....

OACAC Weatherization is accepting applications in Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster Counties. Weatherization is a free service for renters and homeowners who qualify, and may include insulation of attic, floors and walls; weather stripping; repairs to doors and windows;......

“Take what you need, give what you can.” The People’s Pantry project was created to address food insecurity by providing increased and free access to food to anyone, regardless of income, anytime day or night. The community is encouraged to donate if they can, to......

The OACAC Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) runs June – September and provides assistance for electricity payments only. A shut-off notice is required. For more information, please call (417) 864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

If you’re an Amazon shopper, there is a way to also support poverty relief in SW MO. Simply START WITH A SMILE! Using the Amazon app: Amazon Smile customers can now support OACAC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Here’s how:1.......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. Information and applications can be found at www.oac.ac....

Hundreds of kids and teens in SW MO are starting the school year with the supplies they need, thanks to the sponsors, donors, supporters, and volunteers who made our 2020 school fairs a success. Thank you!...

We’re pleased to recognize Melannie Frater as our OACAC Board Member for August 2020. Melannie’s advocacy comes from a place of knowledge and empathy. She supports OACAC’s mission through physical work, creative ideas, and an optimistic spirit. Melannie freely gives her time to support causes......

Please join us in celebrating Vickie Waggoner on 45 years of service with OACAC. Vickie is a kind and compassionate person with an open door and chair for anyone who stops by her office. Vickie shared she grew up at OACAC, having started as a......

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is an economic stimulus bill intended to provide fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families. The CARES Act law allocated $1 billion to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program and left it......

56 years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Economic Opportunity Act, thus beginning the amazing journey of Community Action and America’s War on Poverty. For more than 30 years, David Bradley has been one of Washington’s leading advocates on behalf of......

Census takers are out in the field right now collecting responses from households that have not responded to the census. During this time, you can still go online to respond at www.2020census.gov, call the Census Bureau at 844-330-2020, or return the pre-paid paper form that......

Celebrate The Arts • Support Poverty Relief We are excited to be a non-profit partner with the 10th Annual Queen City Shout Festival. The festival is live from August 17 – 23 during a week long multistage, multi platform extravaganza spread across the internet. View......

The parking lot at our central office, 215 S. Barnes in Springfield, will be closed to traffic for resurfacing on Saturday and Sunday. Applications can be dropped off through Friday or again beginning Monday or, if needed, the drop box can be accessed by walking......

August 17, 2020 OZARKS AREA COMMUNITY ACTION CORPORATION Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster Counties Current OACAC Programs’ work schedules Central Office at 215 South Barnes, Springfield, MO 65802 has been closed to public traffic since March 26, 2020 (417-862-4314).......

Celebrate The Arts • Support Poverty Relief We are excited to be a non-profit partner with the 10th Annual Queen City Shout Festival. The festival is live from August 17 – 23 during a week long multistage, multi platform extravaganza spread across the internet. View......

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children who are 3-5 years old and prepares children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The......

The OACAC Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) runs June – September and provides assistance for electricity payments only. A shut-off notice is required. For more information, please call (417) 864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

The OACAC Weatherization Program is a free service for qualified homeowners and renters. Insulation and air sealing improves the energy efficiency of your home, to help keep you warm in the winter, cool in the summer and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Applications can......

Wishing our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, a great big, wonderfully happy birthday. Carl left Massachusetts and came to OACAC as a VISTA volunteer in 1971. Forty-nine years later, he continues dedicating his life’s work to advocacy, poverty relief, and social justice for people in SW......

Celebrate The Arts • Support Poverty Relief We are excited to partner with QCS 2020 virtual festival in this, the 10th year! The Queen City Shout festival returns August 17 – 23 for a week long multistage, multi platform extravaganza spread across the internet. View the incredible......

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

Happy #NationalMacAndCheeseDay! Here are some fun memories from our first annual MO Mac & Cheese Fest, held last November. While we won’t be gathering in person this year, we are working on something that will still connect people to their favorite mac & cheese in SW......

Our Neighborhood/Community Centers would like to provide a washable cloth mask for students when school supplies are passed out in August. Are there any mask makers who would be willing to donate some? We’ll be serving kids in grades pre-K through 12 across several counties.......

The OACAC Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) runs June – September and provides assistance for electricity payments only. A shut-off notice is required. For more information, please call (417) 864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

Due to an increase in COVID cases, we have decided to cancel Christmas in July on July 16 at the Aurora Sunset Drive In. We are disappointed; however, the health and safety of our community is of top concern. We appreciate the support of the Aurora......

Una began with OACAC as a Community Aide in Barry County on August 1, 1967 then became the Center Supervisor on September 1, 1969. She retired on April 1, 1994 after dedicating 27 years to serving the community. Our thoughts are with her family and......

The OACAC Weatherization Program is a free service for qualified homeowners and renters. Insulation and air sealing improves the energy efficiency of your home, to help keep you warm in the winter, cool in the summer and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Applications can......

The OACAC Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) runs June – September and provides assistance for electricity payments only. A shut-off notice is required. For more information, please call (417) 864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children who are 3-5 years old and prepares children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The......

OACAC’s Christmas in July at the Aurora Sunset Drive-In is back! Join us on Thursday, July 16 in the comfort of your vehicle to watch the Christmas classic, The Polar Express. Gates open at 7pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Tickets are $5......

These kiddos at our Bolivar Broadway #HeadStart Center sure know how to have fun in the sun! ...

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

Jennifer sponsored a student to honor her grandfather. She stated, “My Grandpa Berton every year would donate supplies to the elementary school by his home. We didn’t know he did this until he passed.” Your gift provides essential supplies such as a new backpack, paper, folders,......

A social media ambassador is someone who is passionate about the work we do and happy and willing to share stories of success, resources, program updates, and more on their social media page(s). It seems fitting during this time as we meet via Zoom, that......

This is OJ, great protector of the OACAC Community Needs Assessment. Our thanks to all who gave their voice and efforts to this assessment, which includes qualitative and quantitative data and priorities for our 10-county service area in SW MO. The Community Needs Assessment can......

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

The OACAC Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) runs June – September and provides assistance for electricity payments only. A shut-off notice is required. For more information, please call (417) 864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

OACAC Greene County Center is pleased to announce a grant made possible by the Greene County Senior Citizens’ Service Fund Board. This grant will allow the OACAC Greene County Center to offer direct assistance to seniors to help them maintain independence in their homes. With......

Jennifer sponsored a student to honor her grandfather. She stated, “My Grandpa Berton every year would donate supplies to the elementary school by his home. We didn’t know he did this until he passed.” Your gift provides essential supplies such as a new backpack, paper, folders,......

Great news! Amazon Smile customers can now support OACAC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Here’s how:1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and......

Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely; in just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job. The OACAC Weatherization Program is a free service for qualified......

OACAC’s Christmas in July at the Aurora Sunset Drive-In is back! Join us on Thursday, July 16 in the comfort of your vehicle to watch the Christmas classic, The Polar Express. Gates open at 7pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Tickets are $5......

OACAC supports the following statement from the Board of Directors and CEO. (Washington, DC, May 29, 2020)-Our world is reckoning with a pandemic for which there is currently no cure. Already, COVID-19 has taken 100,000+ lives in the US and it has consumed millions more.......

Your gift provides essential supplies such as a new backpack, paper, folders, crayons, pens, pencils, hygiene items, clothing, and much more. After a long school year with an unprecedented ending, kids and teens are looking forward to the summer. But as they do, the months will......

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children who are 3-5 years old and prepares children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The......

For families and communities dealing with food insecurity issues, finding help in their biggest time of need can make all the difference. Recently, in a unique partnership between the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation’s Barry County Neighborhood Center and the Habitat of Humanity of South......

We are happy to recognize Cathy Stewart for 20 years of service with OACAC. Cathy works in our LIHEAP office, helping make sure people stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Congratulations, Cathy! Pictured: Cathy accepts a 20 year service award from......

We wish a very happy retirement to Kathy Lorts, who is on to new adventures after nearly 29 years of service to OACAC Head Start children and families. Colleagues and friends showered Kathy with cards, well wishes, and celebrated her via a surprise Zoom virtual......

Summer ECIP begins today, 6/1/20, and runs through September. Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), provides assistance for electricity payments only. Shut-off notice required. For more information, please call, 417-864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/...

Our 10 CSBG Neighborhood/Community Centers are hosting a variety of online classes ranging in topic. These are free to income-eligible participants and can be done in the comfort of your home. Visit https://oac.ac/neighborhood-centers/ for the schedule and registration information....

PH-10: Tenant Notifications for Changes to Project Rules and Regulations Regulatory Authority: 24 CFR § 966.5 Description: PHAs are required by this regulation to provide 30-day notice to impacted families for changes to policies, rules and special charges to families. HUD is waiving the requirement......

Together we help. We are asking our partners to rally their friends, family, and networks in support of empowering people, enriching communities. As a fundraiser for Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, you will help provide hope to kids, teens, seniors, individuals, families, and communities in SW MO. You and......

The Governor’s Phase One Reopening Order Was announced on Monday, April 27, 2020 and is in effect beginning 12:01 A.M. Monday, May 4, 2020 until 11:59 P.M., Sunday, May 31, 2020. We are going to continue the current work schedules each OACAC Program and Department......

Friday marks the first day of May and the start of Community Action Month! #DYK? There are 19 Community Action Agencies in MO & more than 1,000 nationwide, all working to help kids, teens, seniors, families, individuals, & communities thrive. Stay tunes throughout the month......

We’re gathering input in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and your honest responses will help us decide how to best utilize resources for the people and communities we serve. This confidential survey should take less than five minutes to complete. Thanks for your help! https://forms.gle/tw727pocgKQaCoDU8...

Together we help. We are asking our partners to rally their friends, family, and networks in support of empowering people, enriching communities. As a fundraiser for Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, you will help provide hope to kids, teens, seniors, individuals, families, and communities in SW MO. You and......

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications by phone for the 2020-2021 school year. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children who are 3-5 years old and prepares children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational......

OZARKS AREA COMMUNITY ACTION CORPORATION JOINT MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE HEAD START POLICY COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AGENDA DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020 TIME: 4:30 P.M. PLACES: OACAC CENTRAL OFFICE HEAD START TRAINING ROOM 215 SOUTH BARNES, SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI OACAC......

With the safety of our community in mind, our CSBG Neighborhood/Community Centers will continue providing modified services through May 1. Services are available by appointment via phone. No more than 10 people will be in a center at one time, and all meetings in person......

Happy National Service Recognition Day to the OACAC Foster Grandparent volunteers and staff who make a positive difference in the lives of children in SW MO. We truly appreciate you!  #NationalServiceWorks...

We will fight this battle together. When the fight is done, together we will soar like an eagle. – OACAC LIHEAP Staff...

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and to assist additional LIHEAP households during this time, the end date for Energy Assistance (EA) will be extended from March 31, 2020 to May 31, 2020. Applications can be found at https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

After considering lots of information and weighing many different possibilities, we have decided to follow the public schools’ lead and continue to suspend formal Head Start services through April 24, 2020.  Please continue to do your part to #FlattenTheCurve by staying home to the maximum......

With the safety and health of our community as a priority, the OACAC Central Office at 215 South Barnes in Springfield, MO 65802 will be closed to the public beginning Thursday, March 26. Services, in modified form, will still continue as follows: Those who need to pick-up a program application (Housing, LIHEAP,......

Starting Monday March 23, OACAC Weatherization will not have any field staff go to client’s homes for the next two weeks. Additionally, the WX office will be closed to the public, however, we have a drop off box for clients to leave applications/info. We are......

With the safety of our community in mind, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) CSBG Neighborhood/Community Centers have modified the way services are provided. Beginning Monday, March 23, all services will be available by appointment only. Centers will be closed to public walk-ins, but will......

In an effort to Flatten The Curve, OACAC Head Start Centers will be excluding enrolled children who have traveled outside the region. For additional details including the counties defined as within our region, see the Exclusion Statement below....

Upon guidance from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, we are reopening the Stewart Center Head Start to staff on Friday, March 20, 2020, and to families on March 23, 2020. Again, our decision to close the center was based on an abundance of caution. All......

Out of an abundance of caution, all Stewart Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms will be closed due to indirect contact of a staff member with someone presumed to be positive for COVID-19. This closure is effective beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will last at......