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......

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 List Items......

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 fans age......

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....

In November 2018, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) received funding through the SkillUP grant to serve clients in Christian and Greene counties in Missouri. SkillUP is a program which works with people who desire additional training or support to become employed or improve their......

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Olson as the new CSBG Director/Greene County Center Supervisor. Jennifer brings 10 years experience with OACAC to this position, having served in both direct service and supervisory roles. Jennifer began her career with OACAC as a Family Resource Specialist......

In response to the government shutdown in December and January, on 1/19/19, the OACAC Greene County Center hosted a collaborative meeting for community agencies and non-profits to objectively discuss the impact of the shutdown, share relevant and factual information from funding sources, and collectively determine......

Chili + Bingo = a groovy 70’s themed 2nd Annual Chilingo on Friday, April 19! Players receive three bingo cards, all you can eat chili, a dessert and drink, unlimited fun, and the chance at winning great prices. Adults of all ages are welcome and......

Due to incoming inclement weather, we are regrettably once again canceling the make and take stove top cover event for tonight. We will work with Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub to get another date on the calendar and will share that......

6/23/19:  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 with Chicken......

Due to inclement weather, the following OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Friday, Feb. 15: Central Office on Barnes in Springfield, Greene County Center, and all Head Start and Early Head Start Centers across our 10-county area. Additional Neighborhood Centers may close and......

Join the Homestead Pickers on Friday, March 8 for an evening of bluegrass, gospel, and country music, along with good old fashioned humor and entertainment. Since 1996, the band, composed of Greg Bailey, Greg Becker, Danny Eakin and Walt Morrison, has performed at the McHaffie......

Due to inclement weather, OACAC offices and centers will close today, February 7, at 2pm. This includes all Head Start locations across our 10 county area, as well as Neighborhood Centers in the following counties: Greene, Lawrence, Webster, Polk, and Dade. Additionally, the New To......

Due to inclement weather, we have rescheduled the make and take stove top cover event for Wednesday, Feb. 27. Thanks for understanding! Details other than the date remain the same, as listed below. Join OACAC, Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub on......

Ticket sales end on Wednesday, Feb. 6 for this event! Join OACAC, Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a Make and Take Stove Top Cover project. Beautiful Fight Woodworking will provide all materials, tools, and instructions and......

OACAC offices and centers are open today with the exception of the Dade County Neighborhood Center in Greenfield and the Stone County Neighborhood Center in Branson West. Early Head Start 101 has late start at 9am today. Bundle up and be safe!...

Gray Nordan serves on the OACAC Polk County Advisory Board as well as the Area Board. He is helpful in recruiting volunteers for REALL simulations, he carries out the mission of helping others in a number of ways in the county, and he always brings......

On January 17, 2019, OACAC hosted a community collaborative meeting with more than 20 area non-profit organization representatives. The purpose: Community agencies and non-profits will objectively discuss the current impact of the government shutdown, share relevant and factual information from funding sources, and collectively determine......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We’ll reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 22. We’re pleased to be part of the Springfield Multicultural Festival 2019 and we hope you’ll visit with us......

SkillUP is a job training program for Food Stamp recipients to gain skills, training or work experience. It’s FREE and can help prepare you for a job that can raise your income. The OACAC Greene County Center is hosting information sessions for anyone interested in......

Join OACAC, Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a Make and Take Stove Top Cover project. Beautiful Fight Woodworking will provide all materials, tools, and instructions and The Pitch will be offering happy hour pricing on select......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas. We will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Offices and centers will also be closed Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Years,......

This Christmas you can keep a family in the Ozarks from becoming homeless! [email protected] & City Utilities of Springfield, MO have once again teamed up for Share The Light – to benefit Project Share, administered by OACAC Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, which helps struggling families with utility payments......

Are you receiving Food Stamps? Do you live in Christian or Greene County? Do you have a child or children living in your home? Are you looking for a job, a better job, or additional skills? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, we would like......

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......

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 Dade, Dallas, and Douglas counties. OACAC Foster Grandparents serve as positive role models to children.  They volunteer with......

Congratulations to Craig Ragsdale, winner of the 2018 Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament held in Branson on 10/13/18. This was Craig’s third Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament win and last year, Craig’s son, Teddy, won the tournament. Thanks to the 38 players who came in from all......

At our November 27 board meeting, Dallas County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, Judy Hargis, was presented with a 40 year service award. Upon her acceptance, Judy said, “Seriously, I love my job and I’ve always appreciated the opportunity to be paid for doing what I love.......

If you want to hear the praises of OACAC, just take a second and speak with Paula. She is familiar with all projects and services and isn’t shy when it comes to educating others in the community. She is the first person to volunteer to......

Congratulations to Greene County board members for having perfect attendance at meetings during our 2017-2018 fiscal year. We appreciate their dedication to OACAC, including all the time they give and advocacy for our organization in the community! Pictured below: Greene County board members Tim Prater,......

Your gift, no matter the size, makes a positive impact on the lives of children, seniors, families, and communities in Southwest Missouri. 100% of your donation to our #GivingTuesday campaign supports empowering people, enriching communities, and alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in the Ozarks. Following......

This Christmas you can keep a family in the Ozarks from becoming homeless! [email protected] & City Utilities of Springfield, MO have once again teamed up for Share The Light – to benefit Project Share, administered by OACAC Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, which helps struggling families with utility payments......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Monday, November 26 for regular business hours. We wish you and yours a a very happy Thanksgiving....

Stop by Panera Bread on Saturday, Nov. 24 between 4-8pm for a delicious meal or a sweet treat and support OACAC programs helping people move from poverty to empowered self-sufficiency. Located at 1570 E. Battlefield in the Galleria Shopping Center, across from Battlefield Mall, Panera......

Mary Connolly has been part of our OACAC family for 13 years, and it is with sadness we share the news of her passing. Please join family and friends for a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, November 17 from 6:00-7:30pm at OACAC. Everyone is......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, in observance of Veteran’s Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for regular business hours. To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor and thank......

The OACAC Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications for the winter program. November 1: Households with a person who is disabled or age 60+ (2018-2019 applications will be accepted beginning October 1) December 1: All other households (2018-2019 applications will be......

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......

Principal Josh Groves read to and connected with students at the Tampa Head Start Center on 10/17/18. Principal Groves is from Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO Pleasant View K-8 school and his visit was in celebration of National #HeadStartAwareness Month and National Principal’s Month, demonstrating when Head Start Programs and......

October is Head Start Awareness Month and we invite you to learn about Head Start and the impact it has on millions of children and families across the nation, as well as share this with your friends and family. “Head Start is the best of......

October is National Energy Awareness Month and to celebrate, we hope you’ll join us on Weatherization Day and hear how energy saving services make a positive difference in our community. OACAC Weatherization crew members will answer questions and demonstrate weatherization measures. In 2017, OACAC weatherized......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, in observance of Veteran’s Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for regular business hours. To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor and thank......

We are pleased to recognize Jeannie Moreno as our board member for September 2018. When asked why she has given so many years of volunteer service to OACAC, her answer is attributed to a love of people and community. This is a classic example of how......

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......

Congratulations to Diane Bauer, Head Start/Early Head Start Assistant Director, for 20 years of service with OACAC! Diane was recognized at our area board meeting on 9/25/18 and she is pictured below with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz. Our many thanks to Diane for her years......

Congratulations to Jennifer Olson, Supervisor of the Greene County Center, for 10 years of service with OACAC! Jennifer was recognized at our area board meeting on 9/25/18 and she is pictured below with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz. Many thanks to Jennifer for her work in......

September 20, 2018 marks the 25th anniversary in our central office on Barnes. Here’s a look back to September 20, 1993 and a snapshot of some of our central office staff today. Cheers to another 25 years!    ...

Do you love Monopoly? Don’t miss the 10th Annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament on October 13, 2018 at the Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center, next to Silver Dollar City . This event draws people from around the country to play, in benefit of......

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, who celebrated his 47th anniversary with OACAC on Sept. 13! Carl, pictured below, was surprised by a decorated office, well wishes, and goodies. Carl started his career with OACAC in 1971 as a Field Service Representative. He held......

The OACAC Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will continue accepting applications for the summer program until September 30, 2018. Dates for the 2018-2019 year are: November 1: Households with a person who is disabled or age 60+ (2018-2019 applications will be accepted beginning......

OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, spoke with League of Women Voters’ Ilga Vise during a weekly recording of “Making Democracy Work,” which aired on KSMU Public Radio on September 3, 2018. Link here to hear the discussion, which explores programs available to assist those who fall......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for regular business hours....

We are pleased to recognize Lori Lucchi as our board member for August 2018. Lori recently retired from a 14 year service on the OACAC Taney County Advisory Board, during which time she actively supported the mission of empowering people and enriching communities. Please join......

You’re invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 29 from 6-8pm at the Bolivar Broadway Head Start/Early Head Start. We are excited for you to tour our new facility and see how Head Start strengthens families and communities. OACAC Head Start enriches lives by......

The 6th Annual Dan Harter Invitational Golf Tournament, held at Island Green Golf Club in Republic on July 21, raised $1,867 to support the Greene County Center emergency fund, meeting the crisis needs of eligible residents. In Greene County, 16.5% residents live below the poverty line;......

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......

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.  Counties include Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Laclede, Lawrence,......

The Queen City Shout music festival is coming to Historic Commercial Street August 22-26. This 5 day, 80+ act is now in its 8th year and features Springfield’s largest showcase of local and area music from varying genres, all to support poverty relief in the Ozarks.......

You’re invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 29 from 6-8pm at the Bolivar Broadway Head Start/Early Head Start. We are excited for you to tour our new facility and see how Head Start strengthens families and communities. OACAC Head Start enriches lives by......

The Greene County Center will close at noon on Wed., Aug. 8 to serve families during the Back to School Fair. They will reopen on Thurs., Aug. 9 for normal business hours.   The Dallas County Neighborhood Center will be closed until 2pm on Wed.,......

The Head Start Home Visiting Program is a high quality, in home service promoting healthy development, positive relationships, and strong family bonds. This program is now enrolling children, prenatal to age five, who are living in Stone and Taney counties in Missouri. For more information,......

(from the City of Branson July 27, 2018 Media Release) “The Branson Board of Aldermen recently voted to donate 6,144 square feet of insulation made from locally recycled glass to the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC), a non-profit agency that helps combat poverty across......

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.  Counties include Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Laclede, Lawrence,......

Our thanks to the First Bank of Purdy for hosting a “Stuff the Bus” event on July 30 to benefit the children of Cassville, Purdy, Wheaton, Exeter, and Southwest schools. Donations can be dropped off at the First State Bank Cassville Branch between 9am –......

Our thanks to the teams, sponsors and donors who participated in the 5th Annual Webster County Scavenger Hunt on July 14, 2018. This event raised over $2,200 to help Webster County residents with critical needs. Congratulations to Team Divas and Doughboys for taking first place!......

Our OACAC Head Start office received the Program Performance Summary Report from the March 2018 Focus Area Two Monitoring Review.  It reflects the amazing work our team does day in and day out to give children and families the best possible Head Start experience.  The......

In response to an increased need for assistance, the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Greene County Center is hosting a Back to School Fair for elementary age children in Greene County. In partnership with Blades & Shades Salon & Spa, Crosslines, Care to Learn,......

Amazon Prime Day begins today at 2pm CT. Whether you’re shopping for bargains, back to school, birthdays, or more, when you “start with a smile” and choose Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation as your Amazon Smile charity recipient, you’re supporting individuals and families across the......

Every month MaMa Jean’s Natural Market highlights a local charitable organization for their Spare Change for Change program. Canisters are available at each register for one month, and MaMa Jean’s matches donations given by customers, up to $250. We are pleased to have been the......

The Resources Unlimited Network (RUN) meeting provides an outlet for nonprofits to gather and share information and resources toward the mission of reduced poverty, strengthened communities, and increased self-sufficiency. The meeting is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:00 am in the......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Thursday for regular business hours, and we wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday....

Do you love Monopoly? Don’t miss the 10th Annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament on October 13, 2018 at the Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center, next to Silver Dollar City . This event draws people from around the country to play, in benefit of......

We nominated Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) to receive the Community Partnership Award for their collaborative work with our OACAC Housing Program. Through this partnership with DMH, OACAC currently serves 51 households with the Shelter Plus Care and DMH Rental Assistance Programs, creating long-term housing stability.......

Congratulations to these new REALL Facilitators (pictured in the group below) from Ozark Opportunities, Inc. and OACAC. Their two day training included a hands-on, interactive REALL Simulation at Nixa High School and information shared in a classroom setting. We wish them all great things as they bring the REALL......

The 5th Annual Scavenger Hunt is coming to Marshfield on Saturday, July 14. Team registration opens at 9:30am at the Webster County Fairgrounds, and the race begins at 10:00am. Teams can be 1-4 people and, back by popular demand, the team voted to have the......

When: Friday, June 15 from 9-11am Where: 637 W. Tampa in Springfield During the Head Start Storage Sale, you can pick up children’s classroom and office furniture for very low prices! The storage is located across the street from the Tampa Head Start Center in......

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......

On June 7, colleagues and friends threw a 50’s themed party to celebrate the retirement of OACAC employee, Rick Nivens (pictured below). Rick has worked for OACAC for more than 15 years, most recently with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). We wish......

Due to technical difficulties during the screening on June 2, LUNAFEST has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 30, from 1-3pm at OACAC, 215 S. Barnes. Those who attended the event are invited to the re-screening of nine short films by, for and about women. If......

When: Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 – 8:00pm | Where: Monett City Park Casino, 101 S. Lincoln in Monett, MO You are cordially invited to a celebration of culture and community. Join the OACAC Lawrence County Neighborhood Center for an exhibition commemorating the completion of a......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. We extend our appreciation to the service men and women who have protected our country and continue to do so. We will reopen on Tuesday for regular business......

James Young works in our Weatherization program, ensuring the homes we service are energy efficient. James, pictured on the right with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, received a 10 year service award on May 22. Congratulations, James!...

During OACAC’s May 22 board meeting, Ervin Uhrig of Stone County was recognized as a board member who is very supportive of our vision and dedicated to the people we serve. He has been instrumental in organizing the annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament, so much......

Welcome! Stop by our OACAC centers on these days to say hello, talk with staff, have fun, and learn what Community Action means as we recognize National Community Action Month. May 22 from 9am – 11am: Greene County Center, 560A N. Stewart, Springfield May 22......

The 5th Annual Scavenger Hunt is coming to Marshfield on Saturday, July 14. Team registration opens at 9:30am at the Webster County Fairgrounds, and the race begins at 10:00am. Teams can be 1-4 people and, back by popular demand, the team voted to have the......

Congratulations to the newest facilitators for the Reality Enrichment And Life Lessons (REALL) project! They completed a two-day training on 5/3/18, preparing them to bring REALL to their communities. Did you know? A high school dropout will earn $1 million less than a college graduate......

OACAC is a Community Action Agency, established in 1965 to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty and help people achieve self-sufficiency. The words below make up the promise each Community Action Agency across the nation makes to those we serve. Join us in celebrating......

When: Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 – 8:00pm | Where: Monett City Park Casino, 101 S. Lincoln in Monett, MO You are cordially invited to a celebration of culture and community. Join the OACAC Lawrence County Neighborhood Center for an exhibition commemorating the completion of a......

Join us for a groovy 70’s themed night of CHILINGO on Friday, April 27! For $10, players will receive three bingo cards, a bowl of chili, a drink, and unlimited fun among friends. Music provided by MERP Entertainment LLC. Adults of all ages welcome, reservations are......

Our sincere appreciation to everyone who joined us for Golden Girls trivia at Finnegan’s Wake on April 11, what a fun night! Thanks to the many donors who provided prizes, and to Finnegan’s Wake staff for supporting our mission and being great partners. This event......

Our thanks to MaMa Jean’s Natural Market for sponsoring OACAC this month during their MaMa’s Spare Change for Change campaign. When you shop for your favorite products at any of the MaMa Jean’s locations around Springfield, you can donate your change into the canister located......

In her fourth year on the OACAC board, Brenda Howe is very supportive of the people we serve and the programs and projects we offer. She has gone to great care to ensure every child receives an exam from a professional eye doctor during the......

OACAC Head Start is seeking mental health providers who are interested in and have a passion for serving young children and their families, and who can commit to providing continuity of counseling services for the child. The mental health provider will provide mental health promotion,......

Read about OACAC programs and projects, highlighted stories of success, mission results, supporters, and more in our 2017 Annual Report....