The holiday season is here and we need your help to give back to the community. Come to the Plaza Shopping Center at Glenstone and Sunshine any time between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on December 11, 2021, and “Share the Light”! Every dollar donated goes......

This #GivingTuesday, November 30, people are coming together across the globe and showing the power of collective generosity. We thoughtfully ask for you to consider a #GivingTuesday or year-end gift to poverty relief this holiday season. When you give to OACAC, you can see your gift......

We are pleased to be collaborating with Burrell’s Be Well Community on this free event, open to everyone interested as part of a mental health campaign. This event will take place over Zoom and on Facebook live during the lunch hour. Gift yourself a break......

New this year is the Holiday Shop, providing a way for children to shop – for FREE – for their family members! Volunteers are needed to help shoppers choose the right gift for each family member on their list and they will even help gift......

Many thanks to the Skaggs Foundation for awarding our Stone and Taney County Neighborhood Centers each a $10,000 grant to provide resources for dental care. If you live in Stone or Taney county and need assistance with dental hygiene, please contact your local Neighborhood Center......

November 22: Effective today, our Neighborhood/Community Centers are open to the public. Each center has their hours posted on their front door. For more information, visit https://oac.ac/neighborhood-centers/....

In observance of Thanksgiving, OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26. We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving....

This holiday season, you can give the lasting gift of a healthy, happy smile. In 2019, following a series of traumatic events, E and her mother fled their country and received a pardon to come to the U.S. for safety. Shortly after arriving, E was......

We are pleased to be collaborating with Burrell’s Be Well Community on this free event, open to anyone interested. This event will take place over Zoom. Stay tuned for details about the Dec. 7 event and beyond. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/BeWellNovemberMeeting ID: 986 2073 7418Passcode: 965884Phone: 1-312-626-6799...

We are seeking compassionate volunteers to staff the Warm Line. If you or someone you know is interested, we’d be happy to provide more information....

Are you committed to improving the lives of others and strengthening the community in which you live? As a Community Action Agency, our mission is to create lasting solutions to poverty for families and communities within Southwest Missouri. If this aligns with your interests, we......

New this year is the Holiday Shop, providing a way for children and teens to shop – for FREE – for their family members! Volunteers will assist shoppers choose the right gift for each person on their list and they will even gift wrap everything!......

OACAC offices and Neighborhood/Community Centers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Head Start Centers will remain open....

Mark your calendar! The Cellar is so excited to be partnering with Queen City Shout, Springfield’s premiere music festival, for a 2-day live music event to be remembered, Queen City Shout Spotlight! A portion of the proceeds from this festival will go directly towards supporting QCS in......

New this year is the Holiday Shop, providing a way for children and teens to shop – for FREE – for their family members! Volunteers will assist shoppers choose the right gift for each person on their list and they will even gift wrap everything!......

Thanks to Bass Pro Shops for supporting children and families through a grant which provides 182 coats to children and teens in SW MO. These coats will be delivered in our 10-county service area by our Mobile Mercantile, delivering household goods, clothing, cleaning and hygiene......

Carrie and her family live in a charming house, built in the 1960’s. Wood floors throughout, a fireplace, a bright and lively fish tank, and a beautifully landscaped yard make her house a welcoming home. But as older homes often go, it was in need......

We are excited to be collaborating with Discovery Center Springfield to offer scholarships for their award-winning STEM education! Do you have a child or children who would benefit from any of the listed programs below? Visit https://www.discoverycenter.org/OACAC/ for details. Income eligibility applies....

We are pleased to recognize two Christian County Neighborhood Center staff for their years of service with OACAC. Congratulations to Nancy Gailey, Office Assistant, on 15 years and Yvonne Yettaw, Family Resource Specialist, on 10 years....

In memory and honor of former OACAC board member, Jack Gamble, the award for perfect attendance during the 2020-2021 fiscal year goes to our Greene County Advisory Board! We appreciate their dedication to OACAC, including all the time they give and advocacy for our organization in......

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you “start with a smile” you can benefit children, families, seniors, and communities in the Ozarks! A portion of each sale comes back to us when you set OACAC as your charity of choice. For iOS and Android mobile......

Are you looking for help with your energy bills? The goal of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist low income households who have an energy crisis. Here are the new start dates for the 2021-2022 application year. November 1: Households......

National Weatherization Day is on October 30, 2021, and an opportunity to highlight the important work performed by the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). In 2020, OACAC weatherized 103 homes in the Ozarks, despite a three month shutdown due to COVID. Benefits include reduced......

Our Greene County Center is hosting a Holiday Store on 12/11 in Springfield and in Ash Grove, date to be announced soon. Children and teens can shop for free for their families, selecting one item per family member. They can also have their gift(s) wrapped......

We wish a very happy retirement to Joy Rothdiener! Joy served for 31 years with our Head Start Program, strengthening the lives of many children and families. She was the Lead Teacher for many years at our Bolivar Karlin Lane Center before stepping into a......

We are pleased to be collaborating with Burrell’s Be Well Community on this free event, open to anyone interested. This event will take place over Zoom. Stay tuned as we add more dates for November and beyond. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/BeWellNovemberMeeting ID: 986 2073 7418Passcode: 965884Phone: 1-312-626-6799...

We are pleased to be collaborating with Burrell’s Be Well Community on this free event, open to anyone interested. This event will take place over Zoom. Stay tuned as we add more dates for November and beyond. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/BeWellOACACMeeting ID: 971 7128 2461Passcode: 136196Phone:......

Friday evening, October 15, from 5-8pm, the crazy antics of the OACAC Stone County board returns for a rousing night of CHILINGO. Don’t miss this night of music, wild bingos, all-you-can-eat chili, and valuable prizes! $10 per person provides a beverage, endless chili & dessert,......

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you “start with a smile” you can benefit children, families, seniors, and communities in the Ozarks! A portion of each sale comes back to us when you set OACAC as your charity of choice. For iOS and Android mobile......

Cooler weather is just around the corner and we’re collecting coats to distribute to local individuals and families this fall. Can you contribute? Thank you for your consideration!...

Do you love mac and cheese? If the answer is yes, you need one of these Buy One Get One (BOGO) cards. There is still time to use all the deals before the card expires on 10/31! Special thanks to these generous restaurants for supporting......

OACAC centers and offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 11. Information and applications can be found by navigating our website. We will reopen for business on Oct. 12....

We are pleased to recognize Linda Sexton as our board member of the month for September 2021. With a glad heart, Linda has served on our Dade County Advisory Board since 2018 and as an alternate on our Area Board since 2019.  Linda enjoys being......

Congratulations to our Weatherization Director, Todd Steinmann, on 35 years with OACAC! Todd started at OACAC in our Housing program, working to help connect people with safe, affordable housing. In 2001, he became our Weatherization Director, working to improve the energy efficiency and safety of......

Our Taney County Neighborhood Center is moving at the end of September. The current location will be closed between September 27-30 and we will reopen in their new office on October 1....

A story by Mike Landis and Emilee Kushel published by KOLR10 on September 15, 2021 discussed the ONE initiative, our involvement, and how individuals and businesses can get involved. “Melvin is one of those with OACAC receiving training on how to spot and prevent mental......

All blood types are needed! Can you donate? Sign-up here: https://donate.cbco.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/128895...

Today our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, celebrates 50 years with OACAC. He started on a Monday in 1971 and it is fitting his anniversary falls on a Monday. Many things have changed through the years; however, Carl’s steadfast determination to strengthening the lives of others,......

We are pleased to be part of Burrell Behavioral Health’s ONE Initiative. Springfield News-Leader journalist, Jackie Rehwald, writes: According to recent statistics, one person dies by suicide about every 40 seconds. That’s about 800,000 people every year globally. For every adult who dies by suicide,......

We are committed to supporting mental health and are pleased to be a Burrell Behavioral Health Be Well Community partner. At the 9/9/21 Springfield Cardinals game, we helped unveil a beautiful bell created by local artist, Avery Parrish. This bell will be housed at OACAC......

We are seeking volunteers to help sort and prepare donations for distribution to families in our 10-county service area. Do you have some time to spare at our warehouse in Springfield? We’d be happy to talk with you! Give us a call at (417) 409-3054....

Happy first day of school to our Head Start kiddos, families, teachers, and staff! Making friends, having fun, and learning are all well under way....

We’re collecting coats to distribute to local individuals and families this fall. Thank you for your consideration and generosity....

Join us tonight at 6pm on Zoom for this free event! Zoom and Call-In Information Link: https://burrellcenter.zoom.us/j/3288218036 Phone Number: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 328 821 8036...

We’re pleased to introduce Kathy Banks as our new Dallas County Neighborhood Center Supervisor. Kathy has been part of the OACAC team for nine years, working most recently as a Family Resource Specialist. She has lived and worked in Dallas County her entire life and......

We’re happy to welcome Matt Pinkley as our new Taney County Neighborhood Center Supervisor. Before he moved into this position, Matt was a dedicated board member on our Taney County Advisory Board. He is invested in strengthening opportunities and resources for Taney County residents and......

We are pleased to recognize Eric Vandergriff as our Board Member for August 2021! Eric has been active with our Greene County Advisory Board and Area Board for the last two and a half years. He is a wonderful asset to our board, contributing ideas......

We’re pleased to be listed among many wonderful organizations in the 2021 Springfield Business Journal Giving Guide. Take a look at all the great things happening in the Ozarks! And be sure to take a peek at pages 80-81....

Congratulations to Matthew Jones, selected as one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2021 Men of the Year! A Family Advocate with Head Start, employee with MO Division of Youth Services, family man, coach, advocate, and more, Matthew is truly making a difference. Read the article here....

Judy Hargis, Dallas County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, began her career with OACAC in October 1978. She started as a Housing Counselor in Dade County and a few years later, moved to Dallas County where she has dedicated her time to building up the community and......

We are pleased to be collaborating with Burrell’s Be Well Community on this free event, open to anyone interested. This event will take place over Zoom. Stay tuned as we add more dates for November and beyond. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/BeWellOACACMeeting ID: 971 7128 2461Passcode: 136196Phone:......

Are you passionate about poverty relief, improving the lives of others, and strengthening the community in which you live? If so, we’d love to talk with you! Our Greene County Advisory Board has openings for a private interest representative and two public officials. The time......

Doris Leach has been an OACAC Foster Grandparent Volunteer for 22 years! After Doris retired, she became involved with the program because she needed something to do. She says she fell in love with the her new role as a Foster Grandparent and over the......

If you have received a message from [email protected] or any other email regarding employment which asks for personal identifying documentation such as a Social Security card, address, phone number, etc., please do not respond. This is a scam which we are working to resolve. All......

Congratulations to Cassie Melvin on completing training and becoming a Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer (NCRI). Cassie is our Greene County Center Assistant Supervisor and Management Information System Administrator. Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) is the performance management system adopted by the Community Action Network......

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you “start with a smile” you can benefit children, families, seniors, and communities in the Ozarks! A portion of each sale comes back to us when you set OACAC as your charity of choice. For iOS and Android mobile......

Celebrate National Health Center Week with OACAC. The annual celebration of National Health Center Week is an opportunity to educate the community about services offered by OACAC Family Planning. For over 40 years, OACAC Family Planning has provided the southwest region with high-quality, low-cost health......

To show our appreciation for everyone at Mercy and CoxHealth, we held a favorite t-shirt day fundraiser. From the proceeds, we were able to fill a van with all kinds of snacks and drinks which were delivered to both hospitals today. To all front line......

The Mobile Mercantile is a project serving our 10-county area with household goods, clothing, food, and other items, as well as a job training program. To sign-up for either/both, contact your local OACAC Neighborhood Center....

Many thanks to Convoy of Hope and local friends and partners who participated in today’s distribution event at our Mobile Mercantile warehouse. Items provided today by Convoy of Hope include hand sanitizer, Dr. Squatch bar soap, mini air fryers, mini humidifiers, trash bags, and small......

The deadline has been extended for families to register for the Greene County Center’s Back to School Fair! This event provides free school supplies, resources, and more to students in grades K-12. Applicants must be a resident of Greene County and meet income eligibility. Call......

Due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and the safety of our community and volunteers, we have made the decision to cancel Christmas in July on Thursday. We would like to thank the Sunset Drive-In for their generosity and partnership, as well as everyone......

On July 16, 2021, Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, sent out updated policies and procedures on the use of face coverings to all OACAC staff. Please see below to read the memorandum in its entirety....

ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) is a free eight-week course for single adults who wish to strengthen interpersonal relationships, build strong communication and problem-solving skills, recognize healthy and unhealthy relationship habits, understand personal goals for a committed relationship, and more. The third series of classes begins on......

“Being a Foster Grandparent has definitely given me a purpose in life.” Would you like to share your talents, love, and encouragement with a child? Are you age 55+? We are recruiting caring adults to serve as Foster Grandparent volunteers in our 14-county service area......

Our summer cooling program is underway for electric payments only. A shut-off notice is required. To request an application be mailed, call our automated line at (417) 864-3460. To print an application, visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/. To complete and submit the application electronically, visit https://mydss.mo.gov/energy-assistance. Adobe Reader......

Head Start promotes the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children and we’re enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. For information on Head Start and Early Head Start center locations, eligibility, and more, visit https://oac.ac/head-start/ or give us a call....

Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, all OACAC Neighborhood/Community Centers will return to a locked door/appointment-based status. All services to the communities we serve will remain intact. All visitors to any OACAC center including clients, vendors, community partners, etc, must wear a mask and social distancing......

People’s Pantries are free standing food banks for people to access any time. We extend our many thanks to the communities who have welcomed People’s Pantries and to the volunteers, donors, and partners who support this project, which seeks to reduce food insecurity....

Are you struggling to pay rent or utilities due to COVID-19? Financial support is available to MO residents who: Have been financially impacted -directly or indirectly – by COVID-19 Are at risk of losing housing or having utilities shut off Do not exceed 80% Area......

We are very excited to be collaborating with Discovery Center Springfield to offer scholarships for their award-winning STEM education! Do you have a child or children who would benefit from any of the listed programs below? Visit https://www.discoverycenter.org/OACAC/ for details. Income eligibility applies....

The Warm Line is a collaborative partnership between OACAC and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southwest Missouri which offers a non-judgmental platform for people to call in and receive support. In addition to providing support to those calling in, the Warm Line offers access......

Our programs and projects offer a variety of individualized supports, resources, opportunities, and more to people of all ages in SW MO! Visit the tabs on our website to learn more about our services....

Our Polk County Community Center will be operating under limited hours this week. They will be open on Wednesday from 8am – 4:30pm and Friday from 8am – noon. On Thursday and Friday afternoon, please call (417) 326-6276 for assistance. Thank you for understanding....

Head Start promotes the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children and we’re enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. For information on Head Start and Early Head Start center locations, eligibility, and more, visit https://oac.ac/head-start/ or give us a call....

“Being a Foster Grandparent has definitely given me a purpose in life.” Would you like to share your talents, love, and encouragement with a child? Are you age 55+? We are recruiting caring adults to serve as Foster Grandparent volunteers in our 14-county service area......

Our Weatherization Assistance Program is a free service for income-eligible renters and homeowners, and now is a great time to apply! An OACAC Weatherization Crew will insulate attics, walls, and floors, as well as perform infiltration measures to increase the energy efficiency of homes and......

UPDATE: The third series will begin on Tuesday, August 3. Classes will meet every Tuesday from 6-8pm via Zoom for eight weeks. Learn more at http://oac.ac/showmehealthyrelationships/. ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) is a free eight-week course for single adults who wish to strengthen interpersonal relationships, build strong......

In observance of Independence Day, OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, July 5. We will you a happy, safe holiday. Visit our website pages for information and program applications....

Our Stone County Neighborhood Center will be closed from Thursday, June 24 – Monday, June 28. We will reopen in our new location on Tuesday, June 29. We will also be getting a new phone number! In the meantime, call (417) 459 6728. Messages will......

Come visit the OACAC booth at Republic’s Have-A-Blast celebration on Friday, June 25. We’ll be in spots 25 and 26 with information and resources, as well as fun giveaways and a kindness ice cream walk. For $1, join the walk (think old fashioned cake walk......

Our summer cooling program is now being offered – electric payments only. A shut-off notice is required. To request an application be mailed, call our automated line at (417) 864-3460. To print an application, visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/. To complete and submit the application electronically, visit https://mydss.mo.gov/energy-assistance.......

ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) is a free eight-week course for single adults who wish to strengthen interpersonal relationships, build strong communication and problem-solving skills, recognize healthy and unhealthy relationship habits, understand personal goals for a committed relationship, and more. The second series of classes begins on......

“Being a Foster Grandparent has definitely given me a purpose in life.” Would you like to share your talents, love, and encouragement with a child? Are you age 55+? We are recruiting caring adults to serve as Foster Grandparent volunteers in our 14-county service area......

Head Start promotes the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children and we’re enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. For information on Head Start and Early Head Start center locations, eligibility, and more, visit https://oac.ac/head-start/ or give us a call....

Our Neighborhood/Community Centers will operate with unlocked doors starting on Monday, June 7, following health recommendations provided by the CDC. These protocols may change as Federal, State, or Local guidance changes. ...

The Greene County Center phone system will be undergoing maintenance on Monday, June 7 between noon and 3pm. During this time, please call our temporary number at (417) 507-4633. Thank you....

We are pleased to recognize Crystal Strain as Outstanding Board Member for May 2021. Crystal has been instrumental in supporting and sharing the vision and mission of OACAC in Lawrence County for several years. If there is a REALL simulation, a VOICE experience, or a......

Community Action comes out of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty and from the advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created the Community Action Network of national and locally-focused organizations that connect millions of children and families......