A story by Mike Landis and Emilee Kushel published by KOLR10 on September 15, 2021 discussed the ONE initiative, our involvement, and how individuals and businesses can get involved. “Melvin is one of those with OACAC receiving training on how to spot and prevent mental......

All blood types are needed! Can you donate? Sign-up here: https://donate.cbco.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/128895...

Today our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, celebrates 50 years with OACAC. He started on a Monday in 1971 and it is fitting his anniversary falls on a Monday. Many things have changed through the years; however, Carl’s steadfast determination to strengthening the lives of others,......

We are pleased to be part of Burrell Behavioral Health’s ONE Initiative. Springfield News-Leader journalist, Jackie Rehwald, writes: According to recent statistics, one person dies by suicide about every 40 seconds. That’s about 800,000 people every year globally. For every adult who dies by suicide,......

We are committed to supporting mental health and are pleased to be a Burrell Behavioral Health Be Well Community partner. At the 9/9/21 Springfield Cardinals game, we helped unveil a beautiful bell created by local artist, Avery Parrish. This bell will be housed at OACAC......

We are seeking volunteers to help sort and prepare donations for distribution to families in our 10-county service area. Do you have some time to spare at our warehouse in Springfield? We’d be happy to talk with you! Give us a call at (417) 409-3054....

Happy first day of school to our Head Start kiddos, families, teachers, and staff! Making friends, having fun, and learning are all well under way....

We’re collecting coats to distribute to local individuals and families this fall. Thank you for your consideration and generosity....

Join us tonight at 6pm on Zoom for this free event! Zoom and Call-In Information Link: https://burrellcenter.zoom.us/j/3288218036 Phone Number: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 328 821 8036...

We’re pleased to introduce Kathy Banks as our new Dallas County Neighborhood Center Supervisor. Kathy has been part of the OACAC team for nine years, working most recently as a Family Resource Specialist. She has lived and worked in Dallas County her entire life and......

We’re happy to welcome Matt Pinkley as our new Taney County Neighborhood Center Supervisor. Before he moved into this position, Matt was a dedicated board member on our Taney County Advisory Board. He is invested in strengthening opportunities and resources for Taney County residents and......

We are pleased to recognize Eric Vandergriff as our Board Member for August 2021! Eric has been active with our Greene County Advisory Board and Area Board for the last two and a half years. He is a wonderful asset to our board, contributing ideas......

We’re pleased to be listed among many wonderful organizations in the 2021 Springfield Business Journal Giving Guide. Take a look at all the great things happening in the Ozarks! And be sure to take a peek at pages 80-81....

Congratulations to Matthew Jones, selected as one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2021 Men of the Year! A Family Advocate with Head Start, employee with MO Division of Youth Services, family man, coach, advocate, and more, Matthew is truly making a difference. Read the article here....

Judy Hargis, Dallas County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, began her career with OACAC in October 1978. She started as a Housing Counselor in Dade County and a few years later, moved to Dallas County where she has dedicated her time to building up the community and......

We are pleased to be collaborating with Burrell’s Be Well Community on this free event, open to anyone interested. Our first two events held in September and October will be virtual. Stay tuned as we add more dates for the future....

Are you passionate about poverty relief, improving the lives of others, and strengthening the community in which you live? If so, we’d love to talk with you! Our Greene County Advisory Board has openings for a private interest representative and two public officials. The time......

Doris Leach has been an OACAC Foster Grandparent Volunteer for 22 years! After Doris retired, she became involved with the program because she needed something to do. She says she fell in love with the her new role as a Foster Grandparent and over the......

If you have received a message from [email protected] or any other email regarding employment which asks for personal identifying documentation such as a Social Security card, address, phone number, etc., please do not respond. This is a scam which we are working to resolve. All......

Congratulations to Cassie Melvin on completing training and becoming a Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer (NCRI). Cassie is our Greene County Center Assistant Supervisor and Management Information System Administrator. Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) is the performance management system adopted by the Community Action Network......

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you “start with a smile” you can benefit children, families, seniors, and communities in the Ozarks! A portion of each sale comes back to us when you set OACAC as your charity of choice. For iOS and Android mobile......

Celebrate National Health Center Week with OACAC. The annual celebration of National Health Center Week is an opportunity to educate the community about services offered by OACAC Family Planning. For over 40 years, OACAC Family Planning has provided the southwest region with high-quality, low-cost health......

To show our appreciation for everyone at Mercy and CoxHealth, we held a favorite t-shirt day fundraiser. From the proceeds, we were able to fill a van with all kinds of snacks and drinks which were delivered to both hospitals today. To all front line......

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....