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......

On May 18, 2021, we celebrated 56 years of Head Start and 26 years of Early Head Start programs. Here’s more about the history and mission of Head Start from Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Director, Office of Head Start. On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson......

UPDATED 7/20: 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......

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......

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......

Talking with Debbie Young, it’s easy to hear the joy for the Foster Grandparent Program in her voice as she recalls memories of grandparent volunteers through the years. She laughs recalling stories about a grandpa who kept her on her toes and shares how the......

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....

Do you love mac and cheese? If you answered yes, you need one of our MO Mac & Cheese Fest Buy One Get One (BOGO) cards! For just $15, this card includes delicious BOGO deals from Bambinos Cafe on Delmar, Bambinos Cafe on Battlefield, Lost......

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....

Are you looking to improve relationships in your life? ShowMe Healthy Relationships offers free education for those who are: • Single adults who want a future committed relationship • Adults who are not in a committed relationship • Adults who are evaluating whether they want......

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. It is peer operated, providing an understanding voice for persons living with mental illness.......

We are pleased to recognize Tim Prater as our Board Member for April. Tim demonstrates giving back in all he does. Whether it be for OACAC or the community as a whole, Tim is a champion for the under-resourced, can be counted on to advise......

Happy Earth Day! Improving the energy efficiency of your home is a great way to be kind to our earth. Some of the benefits of an energy efficient home include: Decreased energy usage Lowered energy bills Safer living environment Improved air quality Reduced carbon footprint......

The Mobile Mercantile is a new project serving our 10-county area with household goods, clothing, food, and other items. Today was the first delivery and there were some happy recipients, including a very excited three year old who exclaimed, “That’s what I really wanted!’ when......

Do you support poverty relief? We have an immediate opening for a Taney County low-income representative to serve on our Board. Call us at (417) 239-1882 to learn more. The OACAC Area Board of Directors and County Advisory Boards are both equally composed of three......

Today we welcome Kathy Moore as our new Foster Grandparent Program Director. Kathy comes to the Foster Grandparent Program from OACAC’s CSBG program, where she worked for three and a half years helping develop and organize special projects such as VOICE, REALL, People’s Pantries, and......

Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southwest Missouri are excited to announce a collaborative partnership which brings back the Warm Line resource in the Ozarks, beginning Monday, April 5, 2021.  The Warm Line is non-judgmental and peer operated,......

Missouri Family Health Council spotlighted OACAC Family Planning in their 3/31/21 newsletter. Here’s the story: Located in Springfield, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Family Planning has been a longstanding Title X subrecipient that also subcontracts with seven local health departments in the surrounding counties.......

In May 2020, a single mother reached out to the Webster County Neighborhood Center for assistance. She and her family had been impacted by COVID-19 and they needed support. She had aspirations of a better life for her family so she worked alongside Neighborhood Center......

For information about our history, programs, involvement in the community, partners, donors, a review of 2020, a look ahead, and more, click here to read our 2020 annual report....

Call to schedule your appointment with Family Planning – we have availability to meet your needs. Come see us for your health needs including pap smears, birth control, emergency contraceptives, breast exams, and more. Call (417) 864-3410....

Skyrocketing success when faced with adversity isn’t easy, but a kindergartner attending the Discovery School on scholarship is showing how it can be done! In his life, this young student has experienced and responded with unhealthy ways of coping with hardship. With the support and......

Two Weatherization Assistance Program employees were recognized at our March 23, 2021 Area Board meeting for their long-term service to OACAC. Congratulations to Mike Goschy and Brian Gray, both for 10 years making homes more energy efficient in Southwest Missouri. We appreciate the dedication and......

We are pleased to recognize Denise Dickens as our Board Member for March. Denise represents Stone County Commissioner, Mark Maples, in many capacities. She has served on the OACAC board for four years, during which time she has been instrumental in fundraising and advocating for the......

Our many thanks to all who supported our Give Ozarks Day project on March 24, 2021 between 7am – 7pm! More than 150 nonprofit organizations participated in Give Ozarks Day, raising awareness and rallying support for their missions. Over 9,000 online donations were made during......

It’s Give Ozarks Day and all gifts made to our project page today between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. directly support poverty relief for the children, families, individuals, seniors, and communities we serve in Southwest Missouri. Thank you for your support and generosity!...

This kindness chain made by the children, families, staff, supporters, and friends at Meadowbrook Head Start reminds us that we are all linked through kindness and connection. To learn more about OACAC’s Head Start/Early Head Start program, visit our Head Start page here or call......

When a single father lost his job due to COVID-19, he turned to our Webster County Neighborhood Center for support. He asked for help getting back on his feet and finding a job, which we were able to provide. Resource information, a listening ear, help......

Give Ozarks Day is back on March 24, 2021. This online crowdfunding event will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to support many of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks nonprofit agency partners – including OACAC!  100% of gifts to OACAC on Give Ozarks......

We are excited to be partnering with NAMI Southwest Missouri National Alliance on Mental Illness to bring back the Warm Line and we are currently seeking volunteers. If you or someone you know is interested, please give us a call today....

ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) is a 5-year project funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It is a partnership between the University of Missouri Extension, University of Missouri Department of Human Development and Family Science, and three......

Give Ozarks Day is back on March 24, 2021. This online crowdfunding event will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to support the Community Foundation of the Ozarks nonprofit agency partners – including OACAC!  100% of gifts to OACAC on Give Ozarks Day will......

Branson and Hollister OACAC Head Start and Early Head Start Centers are now enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year for children ages 0-5. Call (417) 334-7515. For information on Head Start and Early Head Start Center eligibility, locations, and more, visit https://oac.ac/head-start/....

As part of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program from the second federal COVID-19 relief package approved in December 2020, Greene County, MO is the recipient of funding for rent and utilities. Additional details can be found on the Greene County website. OACAC’s......

Are you looking for help with your energy bills? The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is available to assist low income households who have an energy crisis.  For more information about LIHEAP, including program eligibility and an application, link here....

Our Nixa Head Start recently held a family at-home road building activity and contest. Families were provided a building kit and also encouraged to use what they had at home. This activity aligned with a school lesson about roads and just look at all the......

Learning Ladders is a new project in our 10-county area which helps people achieve their goal of opening a home-based childcare business....

In observance of Presidents Day, OACAC Centers and Offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15. Information and applications for services can be found at www.oac.ac....

Due to inclement weather, our Barry and Taney County Neighborhood Centers are closed today, Monday, Feb. 8. UPDATED at 10:45am: Our Webster, Dade, and Lawrence County Neighborhood Centers are closing early today due to weather. UPDATED at 11:00am: Due to inclement weather in the Ozarks,......

We are excited to launch a new program in our 10 county service area that focuses on individuals strengthening relationships within their own lives. ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) is a 5-year project funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children......

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....

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......

Three employees were recognized at our January 26, 2021 Area Board meeting via Zoom for their long-term service to OACAC. Congratulations to Darla Boice, Christian County Neighborhood Center, for 25 years or service; Debby Gemmecke, Family Resource Specialist at our Barry County Neighborhood Center for......

We are pleased to recognize Jean Mueller as our Board Member for January 2021. Jean has been a constant and steady support for OACAC for many years. She leads our Taney County Advisory Board so well and always offers wise counsel in a calm and......

Our Dade County Neighborhood Center in Greenfield is in need of volunteers to help with commodities and the food mobile. Call (417) 637-2701. Volunteers for Commodities are needed from 8am – 1pm on 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3, and 7/1. Help with the food mobile......

Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster counties have been awarded Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The selection was made by a National Board......

Our 2nd Annual MO Mac & Cheese Fest looks a little different than the first event, but it still connects people with delicious mac & cheese through a Buy One, Get One card. This BOGO card includes delicious deals from Bambinos Cafe on Delmar, Bambinos......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Information and applications for services can be found on the various tabs on our website. We are pleased to be a virtual vendor at the Springfield......

In observance of New Year’s Day, OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021. Information and applications for assistance can be found by searching the tabs at www.oac.ac....

Rent, mortgage, transportation, mental health, physical health, employment, and more – assistance is available for a range of services for income-eligible applicants. Contact your local OACAC Neighborhood/Community Center to schedule an appointment. Contact information can be found at https://oac.ac/neighborhood-centers/. Funding provided by DHHS OACAC CSBG......

Recycle your tree at Wickman’s Garden Village this year and your $5 donation will come back to OACAC in support of poverty relief in the Ozarks. Wickman’s is located at 1345 S. Fort Ave in Springfield. More information at https://www.facebook.com/wickmans....

OACAC and Discovery Center of Springfield collaborating to provide $315,250 in educational scholarships to 140 children in the Ozarks For Immediate Release (December 17, 2020) Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) and Discovery Center of Springfield (DCS) are excited to announce a collaborative partnership supporting......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on December 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday. Regular hours will resume on Monday, December 28. Program and project information as well as applications for services can be found at www.oac.ac....

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....

Thank you for sharing your light and generosity! We are excited to say the 5th annual Share The Light event was a huge success, raising more than $19,000 for Project Share, which helps keep people warm during the cold winter months. Thank you to all......

Here’s a delicious way to support poverty relief in SW MO! When you visit Panda Express on Dec. 14 and show the event flyer below – paper or digital verson – or use the code below with your order, 20% will be donated back to......

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......