We’d like to thank the Warm Line volunteers, callers, and community for supporting our partnership with NAMI in the last year and a half. August 20 will be the last day for the operation of the local Warm Line, (417) 864-3676. After August 20, people......

(July 26, 2022) Following 51 years as an employee of Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC), with 48 of those years as Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz has announced he will be retiring in December 2022. “It has been a privilege to be a part of......

Through intentional self-care and connection, the Be Well Community brings brain science to life to help us experience hope and healing. This event is free and open to the public to attend. When: Friday, August 12, 2022 from 11am – Noon via Zoom Join Zoom......

Today we wish our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, a very happy birthday! In 1970, Carl started his career at OACAC as a VISTA volunteer. All these years later, his life’s work and dedication to improving the quality of life for people in SW MO continues....

Head Start is having an indoor sale on Thursday, July 28 from 9:30am-1pm. Find all kinds of classroom items priced to sell! 637 W. Tampa in Springfield. Cash only, no holds....

It is with sadness we share the passing of our longtime friend, Judy Hargis. Judy began her career at OACAC in 1978 and retired last August. Through the years, Judy made many positive impacts in the community she loved, and she was truly a difference......

Greene County residents who are 60+ may apply for assistance by calling our Greene County Center at (417) 447-0554. Our thanks to the Greene County Senior Citizens’ Services Board for supporting the wellbeing of local seniors....

Registration for our Christian County Neighborhood Center’s Back to School Fair is open through Aug. 5. Would your family benefit from assistance purchasing school supplies? Call (417) 581-7631 to register. Eligibility requirements apply....

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you start with a smile at http://smile.amazon.com and select Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation as your charitable organization of choice, we receive a donation supporting poverty relief. AmazonSmile is available year-round, including Prime Day on July 12-13! Thanks for......

In collaboration with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, we’re hosting a COVID vaccination clinic on Wednesday, August 17 from 1pm – 3pm at our Central Office, 215 S. Barnes in Springfield. This clinic is free and open to the public. Individuals who receive a primary......

In collaboration with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, we’re hosting a COVID vaccination clinic on Wednesday, July 27 from Noon – 2pm at our Central Office, 215 S. Barnes in Springfield. This clinic is free and open to the public. Individuals who receive a primary......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, July 4 for the holiday. We’ll reopen on Tuesday, July 5. Head Start Centers will remain closed on July 5. Applications and information about programs, employment, events, and more can be found by navigating our website....

Head Start is having an indoor sale on Thursday, June 23 from 9am-3pm. Find books, puzzles, games, tables, children’s rocking chairs, classroom shelving units, and more! 4765 South 131st Road in Bolivar. Cash only, no holds....

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you start with a smile at http://smile.amazon.com and select Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation as your charitable organization of choice, we receive a donation supporting poverty relief. Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12-13 but smile.amazon.com can be used......

Are you a Christian County resident, age 60+? Do you need a fan for your home? The Christian County Senior Tax Board has fans available. Call the Ozark or Nixa Senior Center for info. Ozark Senior Center, 727 N 9th, 417-581-2538 Nixa Senior Center, 404......

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. A new series of classes will begin......

Are you struggling to pay rent or utilities due to COVID-19? Financial support is available to MO residents who meet the guidelines below. Do you need help with your application? Contact your local OACAC Neighborhood/Community Center for assistance in Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Lawrence Polk,......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of Juneteenth. Information and applications can be found by navigating the tabs on our website at www.oac.ac. The drop box at our Central Office in Springfield is always available for application drop......

Thanks to all who attended our third of three Mental Health & Wellness Expos held on Friday, June 10, 2022. We appreciate the vendors who connected with people and provided information, as well as attendees who participated. Thanks to the Burrell Behavioral Health Be Well......

Registration for our Greene County Center’s Back to School Fair is now open through Aug. 17. Would your family benefit from assistance purchasing school supplies? Call (417) 447-0554 or email [email protected] to schedule a school fair intake. Eligibility requirements apply....

Effective June 1, 2022, Family Planning will be offering Telehealth visits. These visits will include services related to contraceptive counseling, annual and initial exams, etc. These visits will be in addition to services provided in person at OACAC Family Planning. We are looking forward to......

In collaboration with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, we’re hosting a COVID vaccination clinic on Thursday, June 23 from 1-3pm at our Central Office, 215 S. Barnes in Springfield. This clinic is free and open to the public. Individuals who receive a primary (first or......

We hosted our second of three Mental Health and Wellness Expo’s in Bolivar on Thursday, May 26, 2022. It was a packed house with a wonderful turn out! The Pitchfork was generous to allow us to use their space and served a meal for all......

We are pleased to recognize Ron Locke as our board member for May. Ron is very involved with our New to You Thrift Store and Dallas County Neighborhood Center. Whether helping in the community or in other ways, we appreciate all he does! Thanks, Ron....

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. Information and applications can be found by navigating the tabs on our website at www.oac.ac. The drop box at our Central Office in Springfield is always available for application drop off....

OACAC is offering a free Adult Mental Health First Aid Training for Missouri Residents! Adult Mental Health First Aid consists of 2-hours of self-paced content followed by 5.5 hours of instructor-led training. When: July 11, 2022 from 9am – 4pm via Zoom Mental Health First......

Our Dade County Neighborhood Center will host a bake sale during Buffalo Days on May 28 from 9am-3pm. Stop by if you’re in the area and pick up some delicious goodies! Proceeds from the bake sale support the Emergency Fund which provides assistance to the......

Our 2021 Annual Report is now available. Filled with program information, success stories, poverty statistics, board listings, donor support, information about Community Action, and more, we hope you’ll take a look....

In collaboration with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, we’re hosting a COVID vaccination clinic on Thursday, May 19 from 1-3pm at our Central Office, 215 S. Barnes in Springfield. This clinic is free and open to the public. Individuals who receive a primary (first or......

Thank you to the donors and bidders who supported our Spring Online Auction! We raised over $2,100 which supports poverty relief in Southwest Missouri....

As a Community Action Agency (CAA) serving Southwest Missouri, we are pleased to celebrate this month and the efforts made by the CAA network nationwide. We are proud to be one of 19 Community Action Agencies in the state of MO and one of more......

The work we do is strengthened by the partnerships we have and we were pleased to nominate Discovery Center Springfield as Outstanding Partner of the Year. They were recognized at the Missouri Community Action Network statewide conference on May 3 for their valued collaborations offering......

Phase three of the Tower Farm installation happened recently with our friends at Discovery Center Springfield. The lights and gardens have been assembled and we’re getting closer to planting seedlings and watching the farm grow....

Our Taney County Neighborhood Center will close at 2:30pm on Tuesday and 12:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Information and applications can be found on our website....

ShowMe Healthy Relationships now has a texting line! Click here to learn more about ShowMe Healthy Relationships....

We’re pleased to recognize Dahlia Bradley as our board member for April 2022. Dahlia has been a member of the Barry County Advisory Board and OACAC’s Area Board five years, but she has been a volunteer with the Barry County Neighborhood Center for at least......

In collaboration with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, we’re hosting a COVID vaccination clinic on Thursday, May 19 from 1-3pm at our Central Office, 215 S. Barnes in Springfield. This clinic is free and open to the public. Individuals who receive a primary (first or......

Learn more about the significance of the Fair Housing Act in this video, “Fair Housing Opens the Door,” produced by the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA). #fairhousingmonth...

You’re invited to join us at our upcoming Health & Wellness Expos this spring. Attendees can visit health and wellness booths, receive information and a free t-shirt, and have opportunities to enter prize drawings. Lunch will be provided. From 1-2pm, the Burrell Be Well Community team......

Our online Spring Auction is coming, just in time for Mother’s Day, graduation, Father’s Day, and just because gifts! Find unique items, gift cards, and more. 100% of the proceeds support life-changing opportunities and resources for the individuals and families we serve. The auction will......

Our People’s Pantry project has grown in SW MO, thanks to many partners and supporters. Here are the current locations where pantries can be found....

We are excited to be partnering with StoryCorps during their upcoming Mobile Tour stop in Springfield! StoryCorps works to record and preserve the stories of individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life. Make a reservation to record either in-person or virtually by contacting Lindsey......

Write/add to your bucket list, take a photo of something beautiful, give a compliment, laugh, get some fresh air… When we intentionally practice one small thing each day, it allows us to set perfect aside and focus on getting better. Through self-care and connection, the......

Our Taney County Neighborhood Center will be closed on Friday, March 25 for staff training....

We are happy to recognize Ted Zeugin of Polk County as our Board Member for March 2022. Ted serves as president of our Polk County Advisory Board and has been an active volunteer and advocate for many years. Ted rallies the support of co-workers at......

You’re invited to join us at one of our upcoming Health & Wellness Expos this spring. Vendors will be be providing information and resources, attendees will receive a free lunch and t-shirt, there will be giveaways, and more! These are free events, open to the......

Are you struggling to pay rent or utilities due to COVID-19? Financial support is available to MO residents who meet the guidelines below. Do you need help with your application? Contact your local OACAC Neighborhood/Community Center for assistance....

Through intentional self-care and connection, the Be Well Community brings brain science to life to help us experience hope and healing. This event is free and open to the public to attend. When: Friday, August 12, 2022 from 11am – Noon via Zoom Join Zoom......

In collaboration with Burrell’s Be Well Community, we are offering a Be Well Experience, free and open to the public to attend. Through intentional self-care and connection, the Be Well Community brings brain science to life to help us experience hope and healing. When: Friday,......

In collaboration with Burrell’s Be Well Community, we are offering a Be Well Experience, free and open to the public to attend. Through intentional self-care and connection, the Be Well Community brings brain science to life to help us experience hope and healing. Join Zoom......

In collaboration with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, we’re hosting a COVID vaccination clinic on April 7. This clinic is free and open to the public. Attendees can receive a first dose, second dose, or booster. The pediatric vaccine will also be available. Where: OACAC......

Our online Spring Auction is coming, just in time for Mother’s Day, graduation, Father’s Day, and just because gifts! Find unique items, gift cards, and more. 100% of the proceeds support life-changing opportunities and resources for the individuals and families we serve. Many thanks to......

Due to inclement weather, these centers are closed today: Dade County Neighborhood Center, Dallas County Neighborhood Center, Lawrence County Neighborhood Center, and Stone County Neighborhood Center. The New to You thrift store in Buffalo is also closed. The Barry County Neighborhood Center will open at......

THE JURISDICTIONS NAMED BELOW 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. Jurisdictions below have been chosen to receive funding for Phase 39 and for ARPA-R to......

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) may be able to help you with a one-time payment for your water and/or wastewater (sewer) bill from November – September. Access the application here and the landlord documentation request here. You may also visit the Missouri......

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 next series of classes begins on......

Join us at The Pitchfork on May 26, 2022 from 11 AM – 3 PM for OACAC’s Mental Health & Wellness Expo! This event is free to the public but space is limited and ticket registration is required. Masking is required. Attendees can visit health......

Join us at the Branson Community Center on May 14, 2022 from 11 AM – 3 PM for OACAC’s Mental Health & Wellness Expo! This event is free to the public but space is limited and ticket registration is required. Masking is required. Attendees can......

5/10/22 UPDATE: Hello! If you’re visiting this post from an ad you saw or heard, thanks for stopping by. To find expo information for all three expos – Branson, Bolivar and Springfield – please click this link. Thanks! We hope to see you soon. Join......

Due to inclement weather in the forecast, the following OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022: the Central Office in Springfield including Family Planning, Weatherization office, all Head Start Centers, and the following Neighborhood/Community Centers: Barry, Christian, Dade, Greene, Lawrence,......

THE JURISDICTIONS NAMED BELOW 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. Jurisdictions below have been chosen to receive funding for Phase 39 and for ARPA-R to......

Due to inclement weather, our Central Office in Springfield is closing today, Feb. 17, at 3pm. Please refer to the KY3 School Closings page for current information about Head Start Centers. https://www.ky3.com/weather/closings/...

You’re invited to join us at our upcoming Health & Wellness Expos this spring. Attendees can visit health and wellness booths, receive information and a free t-shirt, and have opportunities to enter prize drawings. Lunch will be provided. From 1-2pm, the Burrell Be Well Community team......

Due to inclement weather, our Lawrence County Neighborhood Center and New to You thrift store will be closed today, February 17, 2022. UPDATED at 8:30am: Our Dallas County Neighborhood Center is also closed and our Dade County Neighborhood Center will close at noon, following the......

Through intentional self-care and connection, the Be Well Community brings brain science to life to help us experience hope and healing. This event is free and everyone is welcome to join. Zoom link: https://burrellcenter.zoom.us/j/95245334650?pwd=TTNTbVlXQVExMXY2WlhDdUFPK1dWUT09 Meeting ID: 952 4533 4650Passcode: 905549Phone: 1-312-626-6799...

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....

Effective Wednesday, February 16, our Central Office, Weatherization Office, and Neighborhood/Community Centers will be open with regular hours of operation. Masks will be required for all visitors, clients, vendors, and delivery people. The mail slot to the left (east) side of the Central Office front......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of Presidents’ Day. For information and applications, please visit our program and project tabs on our website, www.oac.ac....

We’re pleased to be part of the Let’s Get to Work initiative, funded through Community Foundation of the Ozarks....

Our online Spring Auction is coming, just in time for Mother’s Day, graduation, Father’s Day, and just because gifts! Find unique items, gift cards, and more. 100% of the proceeds support life-changing opportunities and resources for the individuals and families we serve. Many thanks to......

Through intentional self-care and connection, the Be Well Community brings brain science to life to help us experience hope and healing. This event is free and everyone is welcome to join. Zoom link: https://burrellcenter.zoom.us/j/95245334650?pwd=TTNTbVlXQVExMXY2WlhDdUFPK1dWUT09 Meeting ID: 952 4533 4650Passcode: 905549Phone: 1-312-626-6799...

We’re pleased to be part of the Let’s Get to Work initiative, funded through Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Don’t let transportation be a barrier to employment. Give your local OACAC Neighborhood/Community Center a call to schedule an appointment. Available in Barry, Christian, Dallas, Greene,......

Due to impending weather in the forecast, all OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 2 and Thursday, Feb. 3. For information and applications, please visit the tabs on our website. Be safe....

The Ozarks Food Harvest Commodities and Senior Box distribution at Main Street Baptist Church in Greenfield on Thursday, February 3 has been cancelled. The rescheduled distribution will take place on Thursday, February 10 at the Main Street Baptist Church from 9:30-11:30am....

Congratulations to Debi Reece, Webster County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, on 20 years of service with OACAC! Debi was recognized and presented with a 20 year service award during the January Area Board meeting via Zoom on 1/25/22....

Join us in recognizing Don Currence as our Board Member of the month for January 2022. As you look around our community you will see Don out and about doing the things he does best – things like being kind, caring, innovative, a pillar of......

To support Springfield-Greene County Health Department‘s efforts to Slow the Surge, the OACAC Greene County Center is collaborating to provide free masks to Greene County families and individuals with low access to these protective measures. Stop by OACAC at 560 N. Stewart on Friday, Jan.......

Due to staffing shortages and observing time to deep clean the store, New to You in Buffalo will be closed this week. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to reopening on Feb. 1....

To support Springfield-Greene County Health Department‘s efforts to Slow the Surge, we are collaborating to provide free masks to Greene County families and individuals with low access to these protective measures. Stop by 560 N. Stewart on Monday, Jan. 24, beginning at 9am. We will......

Due to inclement weather, our Lawrence County and Barry County Neighborhood Centers are closed this afternoon for the remainder of the day. Any additional closures will be announced here. Update at 3pm: Our Stone County Neighborhood Center has closed for the remainder of the day.......

We are pleased continue our collaboration with Burrell’s Be Well Community on this free event, open to everyone interested. This Be Well event will take place on Zoom and Facebook live from 11am – Noon on Friday, January 21. We hope you’ll take a break......

While Neighborhood/Community Centers will continue to operate and provide services to our local communities, effective immediately we will operate with closed doors until January 28. If necessary, protocols will be reevaluated at that time. Those who would like an appointment should call their local Neighborhood/Community......

Queen City Shout celebrates the arts and supports poverty relief. This music festival will be held at various locations in Springfield, MO from March 21-27, 2022. Details on non-profit beneficiaries, including OACAC, along with sponsors and venues can be found at https://www.queencityshout.com/. The 2022 line-up......

Due to the spike in COVID cases and resulting staffing challenges, OACAC Head Start services will be temporarily suspended from January 18-28, 2022.  If you need assistance, please call 417-864-3430 and leave a message. We will respond to messages throughout the closure....