Do you love Monopoly? Don’t miss the 11th Annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament on October 19, 2019 at the Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center, next to Silver Dollar City. This event draws players from around the country, in benefit of the OACAC Stone......

Oh Mac! & Cheese Fest tickets are on sale at Eventbrite! All the cheesy, creamy delicious mac & cheese you can dream of will be under one roof at Relics Event Center this November. It’s sure to be a “gouda” time! From the deliciously classic......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019 in observance of Independence Day. We’ll reopen for regular business hours on Monday, July 8. We wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable holiday....

When: Thursday, July 18 (rain date is July 25) Hang out with Buddy the Elf and the Griswold family for an evening! HO, HO, HOT weather is perfect for our first ever Christmas in July at the historic Aurora Sunset Drive-In! Join us for back......

Back to school assistance registration is open! If you live in one of the counties listed below and would like assistance with school supplies, give us a call. If you live in a county which isn’t listed, our Neighborhood Center is not hosting a school......

This success story was highlighted in the June Missouri Community Action Network newsletter and we wanted to share it with you! On January 28, 2019 Jessie Morrison came into Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation’s Christian County Neighborhood Center to get information about the SkillUP program after......

Calling all current & former OACAC Head Start staff! Connect or reconnect with your Head Start friends and family at the Head Start Staff Reunion Potluck. When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 11am – 2pm Where: Restoration Church, 910 West Battlefield in Springfield Bring your......

All the ooey gooey, creamy delicious mac & cheese you can dream of will be under one roof this November! This first of its kind to Springfield event will be held at Relics Event Center on November 23, 2019 from 11am – 2pm. This will......

On Sunday, June 2, OACAC staff and friends enjoyed a Springfield Cardinals ballgame at Hammons Field. Thanks to everyone who supported the people and communities we serve with a purchase of tickets, to Harper for throwing a great first pitch, and to the young filmmakers......

It is with pleasure we recognize Greene County Board Member, Angie Snyder, as our Board Member for May 2019. Angie provides consistent support for center projects, programs, and services.  In each Board Meeting, she gives thoughtful and helpful advice to ensure that the community receives......

Thank you for a wonderful winter season. With everyone working together, our LIHEAP office served over 18,724 households in need. The start of the Summer Cooling Program is Monday, June 3, 2019 and will be for electric payments only. A shut-off notice is required for......

Calling all current & former OACAC Head Start staff! Connect or reconnect with your Head Start friends and family at the Head Start Staff Reunion Potluck. When: August 11, 2019 from 11am – 2pm Where: Restoration Church, 910 West Battlefield in Springfield Bring your own......

May is Community Action Month and 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of our Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. Neighborhood Centers in each of the 10 counties we serve will host an Open House and you are cordially invited to join us in celebration. Some......

Congratulations to Mike Hoffman who celebrates 25 years with OACAC today! Mike works in our Fiscal office which is where he started all those years ago. Mike is pictured below with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, as well as at his desk, hard at work....

Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental screening with follow-up care, disability services, healthy meals and snacks, and are provided with safe areas to learn and play both......

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you START WITH A SMILE , Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation and you make a difference in the lives of children, teens, adults, seniors, and communities. This applies to all the......

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,......

May is Community Action Month and 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of our Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. Neighborhood Centers in each of the 10 counties we serve will host an Open House and you are cordially invited to join us in celebration. Some......

What is Community Action? Developed in 1964 to combat poverty, Community Action Agencies address multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with community organizations, involve low-income people in agency operations, and administer a range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on......

A parent recently shared this feedback about her son’s participation in the Gifted Objectives Accelerating Learning (GOAL) project: “The other day in a class, my son was asked to list people that he feels support him. There were only three on his list: mom, dad,......

June 23:  Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) is pleased to present the 3rd Annual LUNAFEST festival in Springfield on Sunday, June 23 at the Springfield Art Museum. Join us for a lovely afternoon of food, films, friends, and discussion, benefiting OACAC programs and projects along......

We are pleased to recognize Dallas County Advisory Board and OACAC Area Board member, Roger Bradley. Roger has been a supporter of the Dallas County Neighborhood Center far longer than he has been a board member. He worked the ground for the community garden project......

Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental screening with follow-up care, disability services, healthy meals and snacks, and are provided with safe areas to learn and play both......

At our March 26 board meeting, Family Planning Director, Diane Anthony, was recognized for her dedication to Community Action and presented with a 35 year service award. Diane thanked the board and her colleagues, and shared how she appreciates working for OACAC. A lot has changed......

At our March 26 board meeting, Barry County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, Gail Reed, was recognized for her dedication to Community Action and presented with a 25 year service award. This year, the program Gail works with – Community Services Block Grant Neighborhood Centers – celebrates......

Best Wishes to our Friends at Mid America Assistance Coalition (MAAC) from the OACAC LIHEAP Department, pictured below. It has been our joy to process applications for the Kansas City area....

May is Community Action Month and 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of our Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. Neighborhood Centers in each of the 10 counties we serve will host an Open House and you are cordially invited to join us in celebration. Some......

A 417 Rentals Tenant Event will be Friday, April 26 from 2-6pm and Saturday, April 27 from 9am-3pm at the Springfield Dream Center, 829 W. Atlantic. The event, hosted by One Door and Community Partnership of the Ozarks, is in collaboration with several organizations who will be......

Our Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is continuing to accept applications for the Energy Crisis Intervention Program.  The Winter Energy Crisis Intervention Program provides utility assistance and relief for eligible households to alleviate an energy-related crisis. The winter program runs from October through......

April is National Fair Housing Month, observed to increase efforts to end housing discrimination and raise awareness of fair housing rights. National Fair Housing Month also remembers the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and his contributions to the Civil Rights......

In 2016, Sandra Vanhandel-Harrison’s husband had been laid off once again. When Sandra asked herself, “Where can I go?” she immediately thought of Community Action, more specifically, Webster County OACAC. Sandra made an appointment with the Neighborhood Center to discuss her situation and seek support.......

Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental screening with follow-up care, disability services, healthy meals and snacks, and are provided with safe areas to learn and play both......

The Lawrence County Neighborhood Center is very proud that our Advisory Board Member, Charles Burbridge has been chosen as the OACAC Board Member of the Month! Charles is an integral part of OACAC’s mission to work toward enriching the lives of families and individuals within......

March 26, 2019Linked here is the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Board of Directors Resolution to draw attention to the proposed Federal Budget for FFY2020 and its effect on OACAC programs. A message from our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz: We are fully funded through September......

July 18: Hang out with Buddy the Elf and the Griswold family for an evening! HO, HO, HOT weather is perfect for our first ever Christmas in July at the iconic Sunset Drive-In in Aurora! Join us for back to back screenings of holiday favorites,......

Over 49 million North American adults do not use technology in their day-to-day lives, whereas young people under the age of 25 grew up in a digital world and use technology in all aspects of their lives. Eliminating the digital divide allows inter generational relationships......

April 17: In anticipation of Avengers: Endgame release, Finnegan’s Wake will be hosting Marvel Cinematic Universe Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm to benefit the OACAC Greene County Center Emergency Fund. Door cover is $5 or three items from OACAC’s wish list. Wish......

June 2: Calling all Springfield Cardinals Fans! When you buy your June 2 game tickets from us, a portion of the sales will support the OACAC programs and projects serving our communities. Take a look at these great game day promotions: • The first 2,000......

Third time’s a charm, as they say. The Pitching Poverty DIY Stove Top cover event has been rescheduled for 3/27. Our thanks to Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub for working with us to get another date on the calendar. Our many......

Happy Certified Nurses Day! Our many thanks to Head Start Nurse, Erin Miller, and Family Planning Nurses, Marilyn Trumble and Rosario Strain, for their commitment to excellence and dedication to patients and families. Certified Nurses Day honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through......

Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental screening with follow-up care, disability services, healthy meals and snacks, and are provided with safe areas to learn and play both......

Congratulations to our new CSBG Assistant Director, Skylar Wheeler! Skylar previously held the role of Project Coordinator with our Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children in Elementary (VOICE) project. She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development....

In November 2018, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) received funding through the SkillUP grant to serve clients in Christian and Greene counties in Missouri. SkillUP is a program which works with people who desire additional training or support to become employed or improve their......

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Olson as the new CSBG Director/Greene County Center Supervisor. Jennifer brings 10 years experience with OACAC to this position, having served in both direct service and supervisory roles. Jennifer began her career with OACAC as a Family Resource Specialist......

In response to the government shutdown in December and January, on 1/19/19, the OACAC Greene County Center hosted a collaborative meeting for community agencies and non-profits to objectively discuss the impact of the shutdown, share relevant and factual information from funding sources, and collectively determine......

April 19: Chili + Bingo = a groovy 70’s themed 2nd Annual Chilingo on Friday, April 19! Players receive three bingo cards, all you can eat chili, a dessert and drink, unlimited fun, and the chance at winning great prices. Adults of all ages are......

Due to incoming inclement weather, we are regrettably once again canceling the make and take stove top cover event for tonight. We will work with Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub to get another date on the calendar and will share that......

June 23:  Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) is pleased to present the 3rd Annual LUNAFEST festival in Springfield on Sunday, June 23 at the Springfield Art Museum. Join us for a lovely afternoon of food, films, friends, and discussion, benefiting OACAC programs and projects along......

Due to inclement weather, the following OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Friday, Feb. 15: Central Office on Barnes in Springfield, Greene County Center, and all Head Start and Early Head Start Centers across our 10-county area. Additional Neighborhood Centers may close and......

Join the Homestead Pickers on Friday, March 8 for an evening of bluegrass, gospel, and country music, along with good old fashioned humor and entertainment. Since 1996, the band, composed of Greg Bailey, Greg Becker, Danny Eakin and Walt Morrison, has performed at the McHaffie......

Due to inclement weather, OACAC offices and centers will close today, February 7, at 2pm. This includes all Head Start locations across our 10 county area, as well as Neighborhood Centers in the following counties: Greene, Lawrence, Webster, Polk, and Dade. Additionally, the New To......

Due to inclement weather, we have rescheduled the make and take stove top cover event for Wednesday, Feb. 27. Thanks for understanding! Details other than the date remain the same, as listed below. Join OACAC, Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub on......

Ticket sales end on Wednesday, Feb. 6 for this event! Join OACAC, Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a Make and Take Stove Top Cover project. Beautiful Fight Woodworking will provide all materials, tools, and instructions and......

OACAC offices and centers are open today with the exception of the Dade County Neighborhood Center in Greenfield and the Stone County Neighborhood Center in Branson West. Early Head Start 101 has late start at 9am today. Bundle up and be safe!...

Gray Nordan serves on the OACAC Polk County Advisory Board as well as the Area Board. He is helpful in recruiting volunteers for REALL simulations, he carries out the mission of helping others in a number of ways in the county, and he always brings......

On January 17, 2019, OACAC hosted a community collaborative meeting with more than 20 area non-profit organization representatives. The purpose: Community agencies and non-profits will objectively discuss the current impact of the government shutdown, share relevant and factual information from funding sources, and collectively determine......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We’ll reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 22. We’re pleased to be part of the Springfield Multicultural Festival 2019 and we hope you’ll visit with us......

SkillUP is a job training program for Food Stamp recipients to gain skills, training or work experience. It’s FREE and can help prepare you for a job that can raise your income. The OACAC Greene County Center is hosting information sessions for anyone interested in......

Join OACAC, Beautiful Fight Woodworking and The Pitch Pizza and Pub on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a Make and Take Stove Top Cover project. Beautiful Fight Woodworking will provide all materials, tools, and instructions and The Pitch will be offering happy hour pricing on select......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas. We will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Offices and centers will also be closed Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Years,......

This Christmas you can keep a family in the Ozarks from becoming homeless! [email protected] & City Utilities of Springfield, MO have once again teamed up for Share The Light – to benefit Project Share, administered by OACAC Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, which helps struggling families with utility payments......

Are you receiving Food Stamps? Do you live in Christian or Greene County? Do you have a child or children living in your home? Are you looking for a job, a better job, or additional skills? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, we would like......

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......

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 Dade, Dallas, and Douglas counties. OACAC Foster Grandparents serve as positive role models to children.  They volunteer with......

Congratulations to Craig Ragsdale, winner of the 2018 Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament held in Branson on 10/13/18. This was Craig’s third Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament win and last year, Craig’s son, Teddy, won the tournament. Thanks to the 38 players who came in from all......

At our November 27 board meeting, Dallas County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, Judy Hargis, was presented with a 40 year service award. Upon her acceptance, Judy said, “Seriously, I love my job and I’ve always appreciated the opportunity to be paid for doing what I love.......

If you want to hear the praises of OACAC, just take a second and speak with Paula. She is familiar with all projects and services and isn’t shy when it comes to educating others in the community. She is the first person to volunteer to......

Congratulations to Greene County board members for having perfect attendance at meetings during our 2017-2018 fiscal year. We appreciate their dedication to OACAC, including all the time they give and advocacy for our organization in the community! Pictured below: Greene County board members Tim Prater,......

Your gift, no matter the size, makes a positive impact on the lives of children, seniors, families, and communities in Southwest Missouri. 100% of your donation to our #GivingTuesday campaign supports empowering people, enriching communities, and alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in the Ozarks. Following......

This Christmas you can keep a family in the Ozarks from becoming homeless! [email protected] & City Utilities of Springfield, MO have once again teamed up for Share The Light – to benefit Project Share, administered by OACAC Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, which helps struggling families with utility payments......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Monday, November 26 for regular business hours. We wish you and yours a a very happy Thanksgiving....

Stop by Panera Bread on Saturday, Nov. 24 between 4-8pm for a delicious meal or a sweet treat and support OACAC programs helping people move from poverty to empowered self-sufficiency. Located at 1570 E. Battlefield in the Galleria Shopping Center, across from Battlefield Mall, Panera......

Mary Connolly has been part of our OACAC family for 13 years, and it is with sadness we share the news of her passing. Please join family and friends for a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, November 17 from 6:00-7:30pm at OACAC. Everyone is......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, in observance of Veteran’s Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for regular business hours. To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor and thank......

The OACAC Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications for the winter program. November 1: Households with a person who is disabled or age 60+ (2018-2019 applications will be accepted beginning October 1) December 1: All other households (2018-2019 applications will be......

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you START WITH A SMILE , Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation and you make a difference in the lives of children, teens, adults, seniors, and communities. This applies to all the......

Principal Josh Groves read to and connected with students at the Tampa Head Start Center on 10/17/18. Principal Groves is from Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO Pleasant View K-8 school and his visit was in celebration of National #HeadStartAwareness Month and National Principal’s Month, demonstrating when Head Start Programs and......

October is Head Start Awareness Month and we invite you to learn about Head Start and the impact it has on millions of children and families across the nation, as well as share this with your friends and family. “Head Start is the best of......

October is National Energy Awareness Month and to celebrate, we hope you’ll join us on Weatherization Day and hear how energy saving services make a positive difference in our community. OACAC Weatherization crew members will answer questions and demonstrate weatherization measures. In 2017, OACAC weatherized......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, in observance of Veteran’s Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for regular business hours. To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor and thank......

We are pleased to recognize Jeannie Moreno as our board member for September 2018. When asked why she has given so many years of volunteer service to OACAC, her answer is attributed to a love of people and community. This is a classic example of how......

Are you an Amazon shopper? When you START WITH A SMILE , Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation and you make a difference in the lives of children, teens, adults, seniors, and communities. This applies to all the......

Congratulations to Diane Bauer, Head Start/Early Head Start Assistant Director, for 20 years of service with OACAC! Diane was recognized at our area board meeting on 9/25/18 and she is pictured below with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz. Our many thanks to Diane for her years......

Congratulations to Jennifer Olson, Supervisor of the Greene County Center, for 10 years of service with OACAC! Jennifer was recognized at our area board meeting on 9/25/18 and she is pictured below with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz. Many thanks to Jennifer for her work in......

September 20, 2018 marks the 25th anniversary in our central office on Barnes. Here’s a look back to September 20, 1993 and a snapshot of some of our central office staff today. Cheers to another 25 years!    ...

Do you love Monopoly? Don’t miss the 10th Annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament on October 13, 2018 at the Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center, next to Silver Dollar City . This event draws people from around the country to play, in benefit of......

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, who celebrated his 47th anniversary with OACAC on Sept. 13! Carl, pictured below, was surprised by a decorated office, well wishes, and goodies. Carl started his career with OACAC in 1971 as a Field Service Representative. He held......

The OACAC Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will continue accepting applications for the summer program until September 30, 2018. Dates for the 2018-2019 year are: November 1: Households with a person who is disabled or age 60+ (2018-2019 applications will be accepted beginning......

OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, spoke with League of Women Voters’ Ilga Vise during a weekly recording of “Making Democracy Work,” which aired on KSMU Public Radio on September 3, 2018. Link here to hear the discussion, which explores programs available to assist those who fall......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for regular business hours....

We are pleased to recognize Lori Lucchi as our board member for August 2018. Lori recently retired from a 14 year service on the OACAC Taney County Advisory Board, during which time she actively supported the mission of empowering people and enriching communities. Please join......

You’re invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 29 from 6-8pm at the Bolivar Broadway Head Start/Early Head Start. We are excited for you to tour our new facility and see how Head Start strengthens families and communities. OACAC Head Start enriches lives by......

The 6th Annual Dan Harter Invitational Golf Tournament, held at Island Green Golf Club in Republic on July 21, raised $1,867 to support the Greene County Center emergency fund, meeting the crisis needs of eligible residents. In Greene County, 16.5% residents live below the poverty line;......

Is your home drafty? Are your utility bills excessively high? You may benefit for free Weatherization services for qualified homeowners and renters. Benefits to customers include reduced energy usage, increased energy efficiency of the home, alleviated substandard living conditions, safer and healthier living environment, long-term......

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.  Counties include Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Laclede, Lawrence,......

The Queen City Shout music festival is coming to Historic Commercial Street August 22-26. This 5 day, 80+ act is now in its 8th year and features Springfield’s largest showcase of local and area music from varying genres, all to support poverty relief in the Ozarks.......

You’re invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 29 from 6-8pm at the Bolivar Broadway Head Start/Early Head Start. We are excited for you to tour our new facility and see how Head Start strengthens families and communities. OACAC Head Start enriches lives by......