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....

UPDATED 1/14: The January 19 training has been rescheduled for March 2. Information is below. Youth Mental Health First Aid consists of 2-hours of self-paced content followed by 4.5 hours of instructor-led training. Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program.......

On January 11, the Greene County Commission presented our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, with a proclamation highlighting 598 households served in the last year of partnership on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Our Greene County Center has issued more than $2 million in assistance......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We are pleased to be part of the 25th Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival, streaming live at 12:30pm at facebook.com/sgfmulticulturalfestival or smfinfo.com. The SGF Multicultural Festival connects......

Most Head Start centers are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm today. Please visit the KY3 closings link for the most accurate information. www.ky3.com/weather/closings/ The following Neighborhood/Community Centers are closed today: Barry County Neighborhood Center, Lawrence County Neighborhood Center, Stone County Neighborhood Center, New......

In observance of New Year’s, our offices and centers will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31. Information and applications can be found by navigating the tabs on this website. We’ll reopen on Monday, January 3. We wish you and yours a happy beginning to 2022!...

We recently held an agency fundraiser which we called Jammies for Joy! All donations went to Sammy’s Window, an organization supporting youth, teens and young adults in foster care. Staff who contributed got to wear jammies to work on Dec. 17 and OH DEER, we......

Head Start Centers will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 23 – Monday, Jan. 3. OACAC offices and Neighborhood/Community Centers, as well as our Family Planning clinic, will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24....

When Brian delivers mail to our Stewart Head Start Center, if the children are outside, they always greet him at the fence yelling hi and waving. It’s a highlight in the day for everyone. Today, Brian and friends made a special visit to deliver smiles,......

We are thankful for every person, business, and organization who has contributed to Share the Light this year. What an amazing response we’ve seen from our community! Every cent donated goes toward keeping people warm during cold winter months. Many thanks to the organizers of......

In observance of Christmas, our offices and centers will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24. Information and applications can be found by navigating the tabs on this website. We’ll reopen on Monday, Dec. 27. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas....

Adult Mental Health First Aid consists of 2-hours of self-paced content followed by 5.5 hours of instructor-led training. Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health......

UPDATED 1/14: The January 19 training has been rescheduled for March 2. Information is below. Youth Mental Health First Aid consists of 2-hours of self-paced content followed by 4.5 hours of instructor-led training. Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program.......

The holiday season is here and we need your help to give back to the community. Come to the Plaza Shopping Center at Glenstone and Sunshine any time between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, and “Share the Light!” Every dollar......

We want to recognize and thank the Lee H. Cruse Trust for supporting Project SHARE with a generous gift. Project SHARE is administered through our Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), funded by donations to City Utilities of Springfield. This program provides assistance with......

We are happy to recognize Monica Mueller as our OACAC Board Member for November 2021! Wherever you are in Stone County people know Monica, her positive attitude reaches into homes and a multitude of boards on which she serves readily. Her spirit for giving reaches......

This holiday season, you can give the lasting gift of a healthy, happy smile. In 2019, following a series of traumatic events, E and her mother fled their country and received a pardon to come to the U.S. for safety. Shortly after arriving, E was......

Our Greene County Center located at 560 N. Stewart in Springfield will be closed on Friday, December 3 for staff training. Applications and information about programs may be found by navigating the tabs on our website....

Mark your calendar! The Cellar is so excited to be partnering with Queen City Shout, Springfield’s premiere music festival, for a 2-day live music event to be remembered, Queen City Shout Spotlight! A portion of the proceeds from this festival will go directly towards supporting QCS in......

The holiday season is here and we need your help to give back to the community. Come to the Plaza Shopping Center at Glenstone and Sunshine any time between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on December 11, 2021, and “Share the Light”! Every dollar donated goes......

This #GivingTuesday, November 30, people are coming together across the globe and showing the power of collective generosity. We thoughtfully ask for you to consider a #GivingTuesday or year-end gift to poverty relief this holiday season. When you give to OACAC, you can see your gift......

We are pleased to be collaborating with Burrell’s Be Well Community on this free event, open to everyone interested as part of a mental health campaign. This event will take place over Zoom and on Facebook live during the lunch hour. Gift yourself a break......

New this year is the Holiday Shop, providing a way for children to shop – for FREE – for their family members! Volunteers are needed to help shoppers choose the right gift for each family member on their list and they will even help gift......

Many thanks to the Skaggs Foundation for awarding our Stone and Taney County Neighborhood Centers each a $10,000 grant to provide resources for dental care. If you live in Stone or Taney county and need assistance with dental hygiene, please contact your local Neighborhood Center......

November 22: Effective today, our Neighborhood/Community Centers are open to the public. Each center has their hours posted on their front door. For more information, visit https://oac.ac/neighborhood-centers/....

In observance of Thanksgiving, OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26. We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving....

This holiday season, you can give the lasting gift of a healthy, happy smile. In 2019, following a series of traumatic events, E and her mother fled their country and received a pardon to come to the U.S. for safety. Shortly after arriving, E was......

We are pleased to be collaborating with Burrell’s Be Well Community on this free event, open to anyone interested. This event will take place over Zoom. Stay tuned for details about the Dec. 7 event and beyond. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/BeWellNovemberMeeting ID: 986 2073 7418Passcode: 965884Phone: 1-312-626-6799...

We are seeking compassionate volunteers to staff the Warm Line. If you or someone you know is interested, we’d be happy to provide more information....

Are you committed to improving the lives of others and strengthening the community in which you live? As a Community Action Agency, our mission is to create lasting solutions to poverty for families and communities within Southwest Missouri. If this aligns with your interests, we......