Physicals, well child checks, screenings, hearing referrals, sick visits, immunizations, and more – Jordan Valley medical staff will be stationed at Head Start Centers in Springfield from 9am to noon on the following days, to serve Head Start families and the general public. June 30:  Stewart Head......

It is our pleasure to recognize Chuck Picard of Webster County as our board member for May 2017. When we think of Chuck, the words dependable, practical, sensible, dedicated, and committed come to mind. Volunteers like Chuck greatly add to the success of OACAC and......

“Peace requires the simple but powerful recognition that what we have in common as human beings is more important and crucial than what divides us.”  -Sargent Shriver On sale for a limited time through June 5, you can purchase a peace shirt by visiting www.bonfire.com/oacac-peace.......

Ryan demonstrates dedication to OACAC consistently and enthusiastically.  A member of the County Advisory Board and Area Board, when a volunteer need arises, he is the first to answer the call. He provides advice and input to staff and cares deeply about quality services within Lawrence......

Congratulations to Caryn Mackie, Human Resources Director, on 10 years with OACAC! Caryn is pictured here with OACAC’s Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz....

Resolution Number 001, approved and signed by the OACAC Board of Directors at its meeting on April 25, 2017, can be found here. If there are any questions or comments concerning this resolution, please contact OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz at (417) 862-4314 or [email protected]......

Congratulations to Missy Gould on 10 years with OACAC! Missy works with Family Planning, providing affordable reproductive healthcare to the Ozarks. She is pictured with OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz....

Congratulations to Gail Rusch on 30 years with OACAC! Gail actually started working for OACAC in the 70’s, but left when a project was transferred to St. John’s. She returned and has been our Fiscal Director since 1987. She is pictured with Executive Director, Carl......

For years, Barbara has led the charge and furthered the uplifting human goals which OACAC represents. By hands-on, directorship and mentor-ship involvement, she has “Been There and Done That” through many OACAC programs and initiatives.  Barbara and her family name are known far and wide as highly respected......

Congratulations to Janice Bethurem for 30 years of service.  Janice is pictured on the left with OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz and Weatherization Director, Todd Steinmann....

Congratulations to Debi Reece for 15 years of service.  Debi is pictured on the left with OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz and Neighborhood Centers Director, Mary Connolly....

Congratulations to Lisa Spradling for 10 years of service.  Lisa is pictured on the left with OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz and LIHEAP Director, Tommie Trammell....

We are happy to recognize Laura Cochran as our OACAC Board Member for January 2017. Laura actively volunteers 40-60 hours per month at the OACAC Barry County clothing bank and serves as needed with projects and programming. Laura is pictured in the red, sitting with......

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There is a quote which says, “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” OACAC’s Excecutive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, is a shining example of......

Always helpful with OACAC projects, a dedicated Christian County Advisory Board and OACAC Area Board member, and a strong advocate for our community and the mission of Community Action – our November Board Member recognition goes to Katrina Green. Thanks, Katrina, we appreciate you!...

Congratulations to Nancy Gailey of our Christian County Neighborhood Center, for 10 years of service with OACAC. She is pictured here with Shelly Treece, Darla Boice, and Katrina Green, friends and colleague....

Congratulations and thank you goes to our friends on the Greene County Board for perfect attendance at meetings during the 2015-2016 year. More than attending meetings, these friends work to make life better, not just for those living in poverty, but for our whole community.......

Thanks to everyone who joined us on November 1 and 2 to celebrate Weatherization Day, the 40th anniversary of Weatherization, and the many strong partnerships we have in our community....

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to assist low-income families who lack resources to invest in energy efficiency.  WAP is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Native American tribes, and U.S. Territories.  The OACAC Weatherization......

Thanks to everyone who made the Springfield Adventure Race a fun event! Congratulations to team, “I Thought This Was A 5k” for coming in first and a big thanks to the three of them for donating the grand prize money back to the mission of......

We are proud to recognize Bill Barnett as our honored OACAC Board Member for August 2016. Bill has dedicated more than 20 years to being an OACAC Board Member and Christian County Commissioner. Thanks, Bill!...

Congratulations to Zana Schafer on receiving her 10 year service award. Zana supervises the Stone County Neighborhood Center and adds a sweet southern charm to OACAC. She is pictured her with OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz....

OACAC is happy to welcome a new slate of Board Directors! Congratulations to Dave O’Dell, Board President; Tim Prater, Vice President; Jeannie Moreno, Secretary; and Max Lytle, Treasurer. They each bring a lot of expertise, support for the OACAC mission, and care for their communities....

At our Board of Directors’ Meeting on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, we were honored to present Darla Boice, Chrisitian County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, with her 20 year plaque. Thank you, Darla, for all your years of service to our community!! We appreciate you!!...

On November 12, 1965, the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation was incorporated as a non-profit agency designed to work toward alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in Southwest Missouri....

OACAC hosted the first Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children In Elementary (VOICE) Facilitators’ Training today with 14 participants in attendance. The VOICE project began in 2014 to increase vocational aspirations in elementary aged children and inspire them to dream. This innovative project is expanding across Southwest......

At our August 25, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting, we were honored to present David O’Reilly with the 2015 Missouri Association for Community Action Outstanding Community Service Award. Mr. O’Reilly has been a supporter of OACAC for over 10 years and has donated over $46,000......

Carl Rosenkranz presented two OACAC employee service awards at our August 25, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting. Vickie Waggoner, Personnel Administrative Assistant, was honored for her 40 years of service to OACAC, and Cathy Stewart, LIHEAP Data Entry Clerk, was honored for her 15 years......

At the Missouri Association for Community Action (MACA) Conference held on May 5-7, Carl Rosenkranz, OACAC’s Executive Director, received the 2015 Charles Braithwait Leadership Award.  Charles Braithwait began his career in Community Action in 1965 and was one of the founders of the National Community......

Representatives from the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce helped OACAC staff and County Board Members cut the ribbon and officially open our new Stone County Neighborhood Center Office on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  This new facility will serve individuals and families residing in Stone......

At our Board of Directors Meeting, two County Boards, Greene and Stone Counties, were recognized for “Best Attendance” during the 2013-14 program year and presented with the Annual Jack Gamble Memorial Award.  Members of our Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from each of our......

Two OACAC employees were recognized for their service at our December 2, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting.  Kimberly Shinn Brown was honored for 20 years of service to OACAC.  Kimberly serves as the Director for our Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, and we......

  OACAC’s Greene and Polk County Centers have launched The VOICE (Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children in Elementary) Program!  This program addresses the issues of vocational aspiration and career awareness in local elementary children.  A VOICE simulation was provided to Humansville students this past Friday, November......

You may have noticed that OACAC recently updated our logo to introduce our new web address (OAC.AC).  We like our new color scheme and have incorporated part of our mission into the tag line.  We are also positioning OACAC to be a high-functioning mobile web experience.......

Thanks to Councilman Jerry Compton for presenting a Proclamation to OACAC Foster Grandparent Program at the OACAC Area Board of Directors meeting for the April 1, 2014 Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.  Thanks to all of our OACAC Foster Grandparents for their dedication to the......

Thanks to Springfield Grocer Company, Inc. for their donation of $5,000 to provide OACAC Head Start children with restorative dental care.  Areas of restoration include, but are not limited to, baby root canals, caps, and fillings.  If left untreated, decayed teeth can cause pain and make it......

Thanks to David O’Reilly, Chairman of the Board at O’Reilly Auto Parts, for his $10,000 gift donation to 2013-2014 Head Start Smiles Campaign and his continued support of OACAC Head Start!  Head Start does not receive funding for these dental services so they rely on donation commitments from the......

    Ruby Lea (Woodall) Payne was born April 20th, 1935 in Macks Creek, MO, and passed away on October 7, 2013 after a six year battle with cancer. Ruby was the Daughter of Clarence Woodall and Eva (Wheeler) Woodall Webster who preceded her in......

Patty Van Weelden, OACAC Housing Director, was honored June 5 for her housing collaborative service by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks with a room named in her honor at the newly opened Springfield Affordable Housing Center located at 300 E. Central. The Van Weelden Partner Room was dedicated to......

Please join us as we offer Patty Van Weelden, OACAC Housing Assistance Director best wishes on her retirement, Monday, June 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the OACAC Conference Room at 215 S. Barnes Avenue. For more information contact 864-4441.  Thank you for almost 35 years......