Our Neighborhood/Community Centers would like to provide a washable cloth mask for students when school supplies are passed out in August. Are there any mask makers who would be willing to donate some? We’ll be serving kids in grades pre-K through 12 across several counties.......

The OACAC Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) runs June – September and provides assistance for electricity payments only. A shut-off notice is required. For more information, please call (417) 864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

Due to an increase in COVID cases, we have decided to cancel Christmas in July on July 16 at the Aurora Sunset Drive In. We are disappointed; however, the health and safety of our community is of top concern. We appreciate the support of the Aurora......

Una began with OACAC as a Community Aide in Barry County on August 1, 1967 then became the Center Supervisor on September 1, 1969. She retired on April 1, 1994 after dedicating 27 years to serving the community. Our thoughts are with her family and......

The OACAC Weatherization Program is a free service for qualified homeowners and renters. Insulation and air sealing improves the energy efficiency of your home, to help keep you warm in the winter, cool in the summer and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Applications can......

The OACAC Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) runs June – September and provides assistance for electricity payments only. A shut-off notice is required. For more information, please call (417) 864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children who are 3-5 years old and prepares children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The......

OACAC’s Christmas in July at the Aurora Sunset Drive-In is back! Join us on Thursday, July 16 in the comfort of your vehicle to watch the Christmas classic, The Polar Express. Gates open at 7pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Tickets are $5......

These kiddos at our Bolivar Broadway #HeadStart Center sure know how to have fun in the sun! ...

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

Jennifer sponsored a student to honor her grandfather. She stated, “My Grandpa Berton every year would donate supplies to the elementary school by his home. We didn’t know he did this until he passed.” Your gift provides essential supplies such as a new backpack, paper, folders,......

A social media ambassador is someone who is passionate about the work we do and happy and willing to share stories of success, resources, program updates, and more on their social media page(s). It seems fitting during this time as we meet via Zoom, that......

This is OJ, great protector of the OACAC Community Needs Assessment. Our thanks to all who gave their voice and efforts to this assessment, which includes qualitative and quantitative data and priorities for our 10-county service area in SW MO. The Community Needs Assessment can......

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

The OACAC Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) runs June – September and provides assistance for electricity payments only. A shut-off notice is required. For more information, please call (417) 864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

OACAC Greene County Center is pleased to announce a grant made possible by the Greene County Senior Citizens’ Service Fund Board. This grant will allow the OACAC Greene County Center to offer direct assistance to seniors to help them maintain independence in their homes. With......

Jennifer sponsored a student to honor her grandfather. She stated, “My Grandpa Berton every year would donate supplies to the elementary school by his home. We didn’t know he did this until he passed.” Your gift provides essential supplies such as a new backpack, paper, folders,......

Great news! Amazon Smile customers can now support OACAC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Here’s how:1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and......

Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely; in just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job. The OACAC Weatherization Program is a free service for qualified......

OACAC’s Christmas in July at the Aurora Sunset Drive-In is back! Join us on Thursday, July 16 in the comfort of your vehicle to watch the Christmas classic, The Polar Express. Gates open at 7pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Tickets are $5......

OACAC supports the following statement from the Board of Directors and CEO. (Washington, DC, May 29, 2020)-Our world is reckoning with a pandemic for which there is currently no cure. Already, COVID-19 has taken 100,000+ lives in the US and it has consumed millions more.......

Your gift provides essential supplies such as a new backpack, paper, folders, crayons, pens, pencils, hygiene items, clothing, and much more. After a long school year with an unprecedented ending, kids and teens are looking forward to the summer. But as they do, the months will......

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children who are 3-5 years old and prepares children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The......

For families and communities dealing with food insecurity issues, finding help in their biggest time of need can make all the difference. Recently, in a unique partnership between the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation’s Barry County Neighborhood Center and the Habitat of Humanity of South......

We are happy to recognize Cathy Stewart for 20 years of service with OACAC. Cathy works in our LIHEAP office, helping make sure people stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Congratulations, Cathy! Pictured: Cathy accepts a 20 year service award from......

We wish a very happy retirement to Kathy Lorts, who is on to new adventures after nearly 29 years of service to OACAC Head Start children and families. Colleagues and friends showered Kathy with cards, well wishes, and celebrated her via a surprise Zoom virtual......

Summer ECIP begins today, 6/1/20, and runs through September. Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), provides assistance for electricity payments only. Shut-off notice required. For more information, please call, 417-864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/...

Our 10 CSBG Neighborhood/Community Centers are hosting a variety of online classes ranging in topic. These are free to income-eligible participants and can be done in the comfort of your home. Visit https://oac.ac/neighborhood-centers/ for the schedule and registration information....

PH-10: Tenant Notifications for Changes to Project Rules and Regulations Regulatory Authority: 24 CFR § 966.5 Description: PHAs are required by this regulation to provide 30-day notice to impacted families for changes to policies, rules and special charges to families. HUD is waiving the requirement......

Together we help. We are asking our partners to rally their friends, family, and networks in support of empowering people, enriching communities. As a fundraiser for Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, you will help provide hope to kids, teens, seniors, individuals, families, and communities in SW MO. You and......

The Governor’s Phase One Reopening Order Was announced on Monday, April 27, 2020 and is in effect beginning 12:01 A.M. Monday, May 4, 2020 until 11:59 P.M., Sunday, May 31, 2020. We are going to continue the current work schedules each OACAC Program and Department......

Friday marks the first day of May and the start of Community Action Month! #DYK? There are 19 Community Action Agencies in MO & more than 1,000 nationwide, all working to help kids, teens, seniors, families, individuals, & communities thrive. Stay tunes throughout the month......

We’re gathering input in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and your honest responses will help us decide how to best utilize resources for the people and communities we serve. This confidential survey should take less than five minutes to complete. Thanks for your help! https://forms.gle/tw727pocgKQaCoDU8...

Together we help. We are asking our partners to rally their friends, family, and networks in support of empowering people, enriching communities. As a fundraiser for Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, you will help provide hope to kids, teens, seniors, individuals, families, and communities in SW MO. You and......

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications by phone for the 2020-2021 school year. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children who are 3-5 years old and prepares children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational......

OZARKS AREA COMMUNITY ACTION CORPORATION JOINT MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE HEAD START POLICY COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AGENDA DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020 TIME: 4:30 P.M. PLACES: OACAC CENTRAL OFFICE HEAD START TRAINING ROOM 215 SOUTH BARNES, SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI OACAC......

With the safety of our community in mind, our CSBG Neighborhood/Community Centers will continue providing modified services through May 1. Services are available by appointment via phone. No more than 10 people will be in a center at one time, and all meetings in person......

Happy National Service Recognition Day to the OACAC Foster Grandparent volunteers and staff who make a positive difference in the lives of children in SW MO. We truly appreciate you!  #NationalServiceWorks...

We will fight this battle together. When the fight is done, together we will soar like an eagle. – OACAC LIHEAP Staff...

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and to assist additional LIHEAP households during this time, the end date for Energy Assistance (EA) will be extended from March 31, 2020 to May 31, 2020. Applications can be found at https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

After considering lots of information and weighing many different possibilities, we have decided to follow the public schools’ lead and continue to suspend formal Head Start services through April 24, 2020.  Please continue to do your part to #FlattenTheCurve by staying home to the maximum......

With the safety and health of our community as a priority, the OACAC Central Office at 215 South Barnes in Springfield, MO 65802 will be closed to the public beginning Thursday, March 26. Services, in modified form, will still continue as follows: Those who need to pick-up a program application (Housing, LIHEAP,......

Starting Monday March 23, OACAC Weatherization will not have any field staff go to client’s homes for the next two weeks. Additionally, the WX office will be closed to the public, however, we have a drop off box for clients to leave applications/info. We are......

With the safety of our community in mind, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) CSBG Neighborhood/Community Centers have modified the way services are provided. Beginning Monday, March 23, all services will be available by appointment only. Centers will be closed to public walk-ins, but will......

In an effort to Flatten The Curve, OACAC Head Start Centers will be excluding enrolled children who have traveled outside the region. For additional details including the counties defined as within our region, see the Exclusion Statement below....

Upon guidance from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, we are reopening the Stewart Center Head Start to staff on Friday, March 20, 2020, and to families on March 23, 2020. Again, our decision to close the center was based on an abundance of caution. All......

Out of an abundance of caution, all Stewart Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms will be closed due to indirect contact of a staff member with someone presumed to be positive for COVID-19. This closure is effective beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will last at......

At this time, with our community in mind, we are postponing our 70’s themed chili/BINGO fundraiser, Chilingo. We look forward to having a groovy time with you at a later date. Once a new date has been scheduled, we will share it. Thanks for your......

As of today, March 16, 2020, the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) has temporarily closed its Foster Grandparent Program. Foster Grandparents are senior citizens age 55 or older who offer one-on-one support to at-risk children and youth in their communities by volunteering at Public......

March 13, 2020 Dear OACAC Head Start/Early Head Start Families and Staff: As our local, national and international communities continue to assess the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), OACAC receives ongoing guidance from its funding sources and local County Health Departments. For over 95% of those......

Detailed information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found here. Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the CDC can be found here. MISSOURI CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE: The state Department of Health and Senior Services said residents and medical......

https://my2020census.gov/ Welcome to the 2020 Census It’s quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. It’s safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local......

Community Members, Ozarks Area Action Corporation (OACAC) would like to invite you to participate in a short 30 minute focus group as a part of the 2020 Community Needs Assessment. This Needs Assessment is intended to determine the underlying causes and conditions of poverty in......

OACAC Head Start is now accepting sealed bids for our Fleet Management contract to include management, maintenance, repairs, and secure summer storage of 28 of our “kindergarten size” 18-27 passenger shuttle buses.  Bidders must be able to provide all services listed: Fleet management, bus storage,......

Calling all retired teachers, counselors, and adults with a few hours to give! We’re seeking adults in Greene County who would like to mentor gifted (identified or not yet identified) students. This short video explains the GOAL project’s purpose and mission. http://bit.ly/GOALproject “3.4 million gifted......

Chili + Bingo = a groovy 70’s themed 3rd Annual Chilingo! Come join the FUN! $10 at the door will get three bingo cards, chili supper, a cupcake, and drink. Additional bingo cards are $1 each. Proceeds benefit the OACAC Stone County Neighborhood Center Emergency......

If you live in our service area, we want to hear from you! Your feedback on this 10-minute or less survey helps identify the needs in our communities and how we will respond to them through programs and projects. All information is confidential. Thank you.......

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 the RUN meeting. On March 3: Learn about the services provided by Missouri......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday....

Commodities in Dade County will not be held on Friday, Feb. 7 due to inclement weather and late truck arrival. It will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at the OACAC Dade County Neighborhood Center from 9 am – noon. Thanks for understanding....

It is with pleasure we recognize Lawrence County Board Member, Karen Simmons, as our Board Member for January 2020. Karen has a smile for staff and clients when she stops by the office “just to chat and see what’s going on.” She provides respected input......

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......