SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — If you are a low-income adult over 55, have spare time and and love kids, OACAC may have the perfect opportunity for you. The Foster Grandparent Program has been around for decades. OACAC has about 56 foster grandparents now across 14 counties, but......

Hollister School District is finding ways to better prepare their students for the future. “REALL stands for ‘Reality Enhancement and Life Lessons,’” said Tonya Nash, high school counselor. “It’s designed for high school or middle school aged students to challenge them to think critically about......

Due to inclement weather, the OACAC central office and Weatherization office will be closed on Friday, Jan. 17. Closures of Head Start and Neighborhood Centers as they may occur will be posted on OACAC’s facebook page or call the center directly to find out. Applications......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will be at the 2020 Springfield Multicultural Festival and would love to see you there....

The Webster County Neighborhood Center launched the People’s Pantry on 1/3! Located outside the center at 50 York Drive, Suite 8 in Marshfield, the pantry contains food and hygiene items which can be freely accessed by the community who need to take and/or would like......

Do you work for an organization working to reduce poverty, strengthen communities, and make Southwest Missouri a better place to live and thrive? Come be part of the conversation each month at R.U.N. In January: hear about the People’s Pantry, find out how networking with 417......

From our families to yours, we wish you a wonderful year ahead. If we can be of assistance to you or someone you know, please contact us by calling (417) 862-4314, or sending an e-mail via the website. Here is our LIHEAP department, ringing in......

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 Grandparents in our 14-county service area across the Ozarks during the 2019-2020 school year. Counties include Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas,......

The annual OACAC Head Start Holiday Smiles campaign raises funding to provide exams, preventative care, and critically needed dental work for Head Start children. To reduce expenses, OACAC makes use of cost saving methods such as on-site exams, fluoride treatments, and dental education to families. With......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas. Additionally, Family Planning will be closed Monday, Dec. 23 through Wednesday, Dec. 25. All centers and offices will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26. We wish you and yours a very......

Congratulations to all Springfield Give 5 Class 11 graduates. We are pleased to welcome John and Rayanna Anderson, Mary Ann Hammock, Rebecca Holt, and Paul Phariss as volunteers with OACAC! Give 5 matches baby boomer generation retirees with unfilled volunteer opportunities in the community and......

Congratulations to our Housing Assistance Program for scoring 100% on the SEMAP! The section eight management assessment program (SEMAP) measures the performance of the public housing agencies (PHAs) that administer the housing choice voucher program in 14 key areas. The 14 key indicators of PHA......

When: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 7am – 7pm Where: Alice 95.5 Studio in the Tower Shopping Center, corner of Glenstone and Sunshine in Springfield From the Alice 95.5 website: One of the leading causes of homelessness in our community is when a family reaches an......

We are happy to welcome to our Area Board the new and returning members pictured here, as well as those who are not pictured. Our Executive Board for this term includes Dave O’Dell, President; Timothy Prater, Vice-President; Jeannie Moreno, Secretary; and Sherry Bennett, Treasurer. Community......

Great news was released today from Amazon. If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations. If you......

Our thanks to everyone who helped make our first MO Mac & Cheese Fest a fantastic success! From the sponsors and vendors who got behind this event in support of our mission to the guests who attended and volunteers who helped make it happen, our......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Nov. 28 and 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Dec. 2. We are thankful for you and hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. “Gratitude makes sense of......

Due to a great response and love of mac & cheese, we are sold out for the first annual OACAC MO Mac & Cheese Fest on Saturday, Nov. 23. We are also fully staffed with volunteers. WOW! Because we are sold out, we won’t be......

In connection with and support of OACAC’s MO Mac & Cheese Fest, we have received a very generous donation of three priceless The Kansas City Chiefs items which are up for bid in the Mac & CHIEFS auction! The auction ends on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, at......

The annual OACAC Head Start Holiday Smiles campaign raises funding to provide exams, preventative care, and critically needed dental work for Head Start children. To reduce expenses, OACAC makes use of cost saving methods such as on-site exams, fluoride treatments, and dental education to families. With......

10/30/19: National Weatherization Day is an opportunity to highlight the important work performed by the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). In 2018, OACAC weatherized 163 homes in the Ozarks. Benefits include reduced energy usage; increased energy efficiency of the home; long-term energy savings; and......

Thank you to all veterans who have given selflessly and honorably to serve our country. In observance of Veterans Day, OACAC Offices and Neighborhood Centers will be closed, our Head Start Centers will be open, on Monday, November 11. We will reopen for business on November 12....

Exclaim your love of all things mac & cheese with these fun shirts, available in short and long sleeve in a variety of colors. Don’t wait – get your order in before it closes on Friday! These will be shipped directly to your home in......

In memory and honor of board member, Jack Gamble, the award for perfect attendance during the 2018-2019 fiscal year goes to both our Dallas and Greene County boards! We appreciate their dedication to OACAC, including all the time they give and advocacy for our organization......

It is with pleasure we recognize Dade County Board Member, Scott Houston, as our Board Member for October 2019. We can depend on Scott to help with events at the Dade County Neighborhood in support of our community. He is a devoted board member and......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, October 14. We will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday, October 15....

Happy anniversary to Carl Rosenkranz, who 45 years ago today – also on a Wednesday – started his new post as Executive Director with Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC). Carl moved from Massachusetts to become a VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America). He worked......

Do you love Monopoly? Don’t miss the 11th Annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament on October 12, 2019 at the Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center, next to Silver Dollar City. This event draws players from around the country, in benefit of the OACAC Stone......

National Weatherization Day is an opportunity to highlight the important work performed by the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). In recognition, the community is invited to attend a live demonstration of weatherization measures from an OACAC crew. This free event is open to the......

The OACAC Dallas County Neighborhood Center has moved and is open in their new location at 413 S. Maple in Buffalo. Regular office hours are Monday-Thursday 8am to Noon and 1pm – 5pm; and Friday, 1pm – 5pm. With questions call (417) 345-7964 or visit......

It is with pleasure we recognize Taney County Board Member, Max Lytle, as our Board Member for September 2019. We wish Max a happy retirement and thank him for providing leadership over the years. His many years of service and dedication to the Taney County......

Great news was released today from Amazon. If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations. If you......

The OACAC Dallas County Neighborhood Center is moving from 1350 W. Carlson Lane to 413 S. Maple in Buffalo. The final day with office hours in its current location will be Monday, September 23. During the move, the center will be closed on September 24......

Congratulations to these OACAC employees on reaching milestones in employment with OACAC....

The OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center is open in its new location at 50 York Drive, Suite 8, in the Prairie Plaza near Walmart in Marshfield. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8am – 4:30pm, and Friday, 8am – 2:30pm. With questions, call the......

Carl can clearly recall the details of his first day with OACAC, which occurred on Monday, September 13, 1971. While many of the faces, buildings, and services have changed over the years, Carl’s dedication to Community Action has not wavered. His commitment of empowering people,......

The OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center is moving from their current location on N. Clay to 50 York Drive, Suite 8, in the Prairie Plaza near Walmart in Marshfield. During the move, the current and new locations will have limited hours of operation. Monday, Sept.......

It is with pleasure we recognize Webster County Board Member, Michael Frazier, as our Board Member for August 2019. Dependable! Committed! Invested! These are the words that come to mind when we think of Mike. It makes a world of difference knowing you can count on......

The Head Start Home Visiting Program is a high quality, in home service promoting healthy development, positive relationships, and strong family bonds. Now enrolling in Dallas and Polk counties for children ages 3-5 years. For more information call (417) 345-1522....

All the cheesy, creamy delicious mac & cheese you can dream of will be under one roof at Relics Event Center this November. It’s sure to be a “gouda” time! From the deliciously classic to the wildly creative, there will be no shortage of varieties......

Do you love Monopoly? Don’t miss the 11th Annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament on October 12, 2019 at the Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center, next to Silver Dollar City. This event draws players from around the country, in benefit of the OACAC Stone......

Click to connect with us socially! Stay up-to-date on programs, projects, events, volunteer and employment opportunities, and more on Facebook and Twitter. Find us on Instagram at oacac_community_action. Get great tips, creative ideas, and more on Pinterest....

Queen City Shout starts today, August 21 and runs through Sunday. This five day multistage, multimedia extravaganza is Springfield’s largest annual festival celebrating area music, film & art, all to benefit poverty relief in the Ozarks through several organizations, including OACAC. Venues include White River,......

Rock the House! is a benefit concert supporting those experiencing poverty in the Ozarks hosted by Brentwood Christian Church. All proceeds benefit the following organizations serving the most vulnerable members of our community: Eden Village, The Kitchen/Rare Breed, Harmony House, Victory Mission, and the OACAC......

Come see us at the Bags for Change Bash and Volunteer Fair on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11am – 2pm. Lucky’s Market is located at 3333 S. Glenstone in Springfield....

Tuesday, Aug. 13 is a busy day back to school or getting ready for back to school for local students, families, and educators. Treat yourself to a great lunch in or relax and celebrate the day with a delicious dinner without having to leave the......

Is your home drafty? Are your utility bills excessively high? You may benefit for free Weatherization services for qualified homeowners and renters. Benefits to customers include reduced energy usage, increased energy efficiency of the home, alleviated substandard living conditions, safer and healthier living environment, long-term......

Thanks for your interest in volunteering for Springfield’s cheesiest festival! On Saturday, Nov. 23 we are pleased to host OACAC’s Oh Mac! & Cheese Fest at Relics Event Center from 11am – 2pm and we need your help to make it a “grate” event. We’re......

August 21-25: Queen City Shout returns for a five day multistage, multimedia extravaganza. QCS is Springfield’s largest annual festival celebrating area music, film & art, all to benefit poverty relief in the Ozarks through several organizations, including OACAC. Venues include White River, Moon City Pub,......

Is your home drafty? Are your utility bills excessively high? You may benefit for free Weatherization services for qualified homeowners and renters. Benefits to customers include reduced energy usage, increased energy efficiency of the home, alleviated substandard living conditions, safer and healthier living environment, long-term......

All the cheesy, creamy delicious mac & cheese you can dream of will be under one roof at Relics Event Center this November. It’s sure to be a “gouda” time! From the deliciously classic to the wildly creative, there will be no shortage of varieties......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019 in observance of Independence Day. We’ll reopen for regular business hours on Monday, July 8. We wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable holiday....

When: Thursday, July 18 (rain date is July 25) Hang out with Buddy the Elf and the Griswold family for an evening! HO, HO, HOT weather is perfect for our first ever Christmas in July at the historic Aurora Sunset Drive-In! Join us for back......

Back to school assistance registration is open! If you live in one of the counties listed below and would like assistance with school supplies, give us a call. If you live in a county which isn’t listed, our Neighborhood Center is not hosting a school......

This success story was highlighted in the June Missouri Community Action Network newsletter and we wanted to share it with you! On January 28, 2019 Jessie Morrison came into Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation’s Christian County Neighborhood Center to get information about the SkillUP program after......

Calling all current & former OACAC Head Start staff! Connect or reconnect with your Head Start friends and family at the Head Start Staff Reunion Potluck. When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 11am – 2pm Where: Restoration Church, 910 West Battlefield in Springfield Bring your......

All the ooey gooey, creamy delicious mac & cheese you can dream of will be under one roof this November! This first of its kind to Springfield event will be held at Relics Event Center on November 23, 2019 from 11am – 2pm. This will......

On Sunday, June 2, OACAC staff and friends enjoyed a Springfield Cardinals ballgame at Hammons Field. Thanks to everyone who supported the people and communities we serve with a purchase of tickets, to Harper for throwing a great first pitch, and to the young filmmakers......

It is with pleasure we recognize Greene County Board Member, Angie Snyder, as our Board Member for May 2019. Angie provides consistent support for center projects, programs, and services.  In each Board Meeting, she gives thoughtful and helpful advice to ensure that the community receives......

Thank you for a wonderful winter season. With everyone working together, our LIHEAP office served over 18,724 households in need. The start of the Summer Cooling Program is Monday, June 3, 2019 and will be for electric payments only. A shut-off notice is required for......

Calling all current & former OACAC Head Start staff! Connect or reconnect with your Head Start friends and family at the Head Start Staff Reunion Potluck. When: August 11, 2019 from 11am – 2pm Where: Restoration Church, 910 West Battlefield in Springfield Bring your own......

May is Community Action Month and 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of our Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. Neighborhood Centers in each of the 10 counties we serve will host an Open House and you are cordially invited to join us in celebration. Some......

Congratulations to Mike Hoffman who celebrates 25 years with OACAC today! Mike works in our Fiscal office which is where he started all those years ago. Mike is pictured below with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, as well as at his desk, hard at work....

Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental screening with follow-up care, disability services, healthy meals and snacks, and are provided with safe areas to learn and play both......

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you START WITH A SMILE , Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation and you make a difference in the lives of children, teens, adults, seniors, and communities. This applies to all the......

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 Grandparents in our 14-county service area across the Ozarks during the 2019-2020 school year. Counties include Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas,......

May is Community Action Month and 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of our Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. Neighborhood Centers in each of the 10 counties we serve will host an Open House and you are cordially invited to join us in celebration. Some......

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......

A parent recently shared this feedback about her son’s participation in the Gifted Objectives Accelerating Learning (GOAL) project: “The other day in a class, my son was asked to list people that he feels support him. There were only three on his list: mom, dad,......

June 23:  Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) is pleased to present the 3rd Annual LUNAFEST festival in Springfield on Sunday, June 23 at the Springfield Art Museum. Join us for a lovely afternoon of food, films, friends, and discussion, benefiting OACAC programs and projects along......

We are pleased to recognize Dallas County Advisory Board and OACAC Area Board member, Roger Bradley. Roger has been a supporter of the Dallas County Neighborhood Center far longer than he has been a board member. He worked the ground for the community garden project......

Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental screening with follow-up care, disability services, healthy meals and snacks, and are provided with safe areas to learn and play both......

At our March 26 board meeting, Family Planning Director, Diane Anthony, was recognized for her dedication to Community Action and presented with a 35 year service award. Diane thanked the board and her colleagues, and shared how she appreciates working for OACAC. A lot has changed......

At our March 26 board meeting, Barry County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, Gail Reed, was recognized for her dedication to Community Action and presented with a 25 year service award. This year, the program Gail works with – Community Services Block Grant Neighborhood Centers – celebrates......

Best Wishes to our Friends at Mid America Assistance Coalition (MAAC) from the OACAC LIHEAP Department, pictured below. It has been our joy to process applications for the Kansas City area....

May is Community Action Month and 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of our Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. Neighborhood Centers in each of the 10 counties we serve will host an Open House and you are cordially invited to join us in celebration. Some......

A 417 Rentals Tenant Event will be Friday, April 26 from 2-6pm and Saturday, April 27 from 9am-3pm at the Springfield Dream Center, 829 W. Atlantic. The event, hosted by One Door and Community Partnership of the Ozarks, is in collaboration with several organizations who will be......

Our Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is continuing to accept applications for the Energy Crisis Intervention Program.  The Winter Energy Crisis Intervention Program provides utility assistance and relief for eligible households to alleviate an energy-related crisis. The winter program runs from October through......

April is National Fair Housing Month, observed to increase efforts to end housing discrimination and raise awareness of fair housing rights. National Fair Housing Month also remembers the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and his contributions to the Civil Rights......

In 2016, Sandra Vanhandel-Harrison’s husband had been laid off once again. When Sandra asked herself, “Where can I go?” she immediately thought of Community Action, more specifically, Webster County OACAC. Sandra made an appointment with the Neighborhood Center to discuss her situation and seek support.......

Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental screening with follow-up care, disability services, healthy meals and snacks, and are provided with safe areas to learn and play both......

The Lawrence County Neighborhood Center is very proud that our Advisory Board Member, Charles Burbridge has been chosen as the OACAC Board Member of the Month! Charles is an integral part of OACAC’s mission to work toward enriching the lives of families and individuals within......

March 26, 2019Linked here is the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Board of Directors Resolution to draw attention to the proposed Federal Budget for FFY2020 and its effect on OACAC programs. A message from our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz: We are fully funded through September......

July 18: Hang out with Buddy the Elf and the Griswold family for an evening! HO, HO, HOT weather is perfect for our first ever Christmas in July at the iconic Sunset Drive-In in Aurora! Join us for back to back screenings of holiday favorites,......

Over 49 million North American adults do not use technology in their day-to-day lives, whereas young people under the age of 25 grew up in a digital world and use technology in all aspects of their lives. Eliminating the digital divide allows inter generational relationships......

April 17: In anticipation of Avengers: Endgame release, Finnegan’s Wake will be hosting Marvel Cinematic Universe Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm to benefit the OACAC Greene County Center Emergency Fund. Door cover is $5 or three items from OACAC’s wish list. Wish......

June 2: Calling all Springfield Cardinals Fans! When you buy your June 2 game tickets from us, a portion of the sales will support the OACAC programs and projects serving our communities. Take a look at these great game day promotions: • The first 2,000......

Third time’s a charm, as they say. The Pitching Poverty DIY Stove Top cover event has been rescheduled for 3/27. Our thanks to Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub for working with us to get another date on the calendar. Our many......

Happy Certified Nurses Day! Our many thanks to Head Start Nurse, Erin Miller, and Family Planning Nurses, Marilyn Trumble and Rosario Strain, for their commitment to excellence and dedication to patients and families. Certified Nurses Day honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through......

Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental screening with follow-up care, disability services, healthy meals and snacks, and are provided with safe areas to learn and play both......

Congratulations to our new CSBG Assistant Director, Skylar Wheeler! Skylar previously held the role of Project Coordinator with our Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children in Elementary (VOICE) project. She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development....