Read about OACAC programs and projects, highlighted stories of success, mission results, supporters, and more in our 2017 Annual Report....

We’re pleased to be part of the non-profit volunteer drive during the 20th anniversary of the RepMO EXPO on Saturday, April 7. Come out to see live demonstrations, pick-up information from a variety of vendors, learn about volunteer opportunities in the community, and much more.......

We wish the best to our friend and OACAC Weatherization employee, Janice Bethurem, who retired today after 31 years of employment with OACAC. Janice, pictured 2nd from the left on the front row, was joined by friends and family today who joined her in celebrating......

When: Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 – 8:00pm | Where: Monett City Park Casino, 101 S. Lincoln in Monett, MO You are cordially invited to a celebration of culture and community. Join the OACAC Lawrence County Neighborhood Center for an exhibition commemorating the completion of a......

Our thanks to the Drury Summit students who sponsored art projects and basket giveaways during the March 28 Family Night at the Stewart Head Start Center. Dinner was served and participants got to work on multiple projects. Before the evening was over, names were drawn......

April 3, 2018 is a day to recognize the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps volunteers who improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement. Our OACAC Foster Grandparent Program is one of these programs, and we’d like to take a moment......

Finnegan’s Wake is hosting Golden Girls Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30pm, benefiting the OACAC Greene County Center. Door cover is $5 or 3 items from OACAC’s wish list below. But don’t just stop there with the donations, the more you bring to donate......

We are pleased to introduce our new Fiscal Officer, Ken Waugh, who has had a long-time professional career in accounting. He and his family recently moved from Kansas; however, Ken is a native of Missouri....

“Whereas, the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) operates the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) in its ten county services area in Southwest Missouri that......

Best wishes for a wonderful retirement to our friend, Gail Rusch, who has worked for OACAC for 41 years, most recently as the Fiscal Director. On Thursday, March 29, friends gathered to celebrate Gail’s years of service and wish her well as she embarks on......

5/24/18:  You are cordially invited to a celebration of culture and community. Join the OACAC Lawrence County Neighborhood Center on May 24 from 6-8pm at the Monett City Park Casino for an exhibition commemorating the completion of a successful inaugural year of the Hearts Of Multicultural......

6/2/18:  Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) is pleased to present the 2nd Annual LUNAFEST festival in Springfield on Saturday, June 2 at theSpringfield Art Museum. Join us for a lovely afternoon of food, films, friends, and discussion, benefiting OACAC programs and projects along with Chicken......

4/27/18:  Join us for a groovy 70’s themed night of CHILINGO (chili + bingo) on Friday, April 27! For $10, players will receive three bingo cards, a bowl of chili, a drink, and unlimited fun among friends. Win prizes and gift cards! Music provided by MERP Entertainment......

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for its Head Start program for enrollment beginning in September.  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......

In 2017, over 12,000 cases of invasive cervical cancer were diagnosed. Don’t wait to be screened – someone is depending on you. Call (417) 864-3410 or click here for more information....

As a young woman, Amy needed a place where she could receive reproductive healthcare. She heard about Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Family Planning and called to make an appointment. “They got me in as fast as possible and treated me privately,” said Amy.......

4/11/18:  Mark it on your calendar and call your gal pals together for Golden Girls trivia! On April 11, Finnegan’s Wake in downtown Springfield will once again host trivia night to benefit the OACAC Greene County Center, helping people move from poverty to empowered self-sufficiency. This......

Carol Poindexter has served on the Polk County Advisory Board for many years, volunteering her time with many of the OACAC projects and programs in the county, such as REALL simulations, back to school fair, and Head Start. She has also recently become an OACAC......

Skip the cooking and join us for dinner tonight! It may be cold outside but it’s warm and welcoming inside Bambinos. When you dine in or carry out between 4-9 pm this evening, 20% of sales will benefit OACAC. 2810 E. Battlefield, Suite D location only.......

Trudi’s Kids is a mobile healthcare clinic providing medical care for children in Springfield. Visits are open to Head Start families and the community. The Trudi’s Kids Mobile Unit will be visiting OACAC Head Start Centers from 9am – noon on these dates in 2018: February 9 at Stewart Head Start; February 23 at Grant Head Start; March  9 at West Chestnut Head Start; March 23 at Douglas Head Start;  March 30 at Tampa Head Start; April 13 at Meadowbrook Head Start; April 27 at Stewart Head Start; May 11 at Grant and Douglas Head Start; June 8 at West Chestnut Head Start; June 22 at Stewart Head Start; and July 13......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We are happy to be part of the Multicultural Festival from noon – 4pm on January 15 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall. The festival features two main......

Our sincere appreciation to the Hulston Family Foundation for continued support of the OACAC Foster Grandparent Program. Through the generosity of the Hulston Family Foundation, our Foster Grandparents and program staff are able to expand services, sharing talents, love, and encouragement to children across SW MO.......

On December 16, the HOME project mentors and mentees festively celebrated the season by participating in the Verona Christmas parade, shopping for presents for loved ones, wrapping gifts, playing games, and enjoying ice cream. For more information about the Hearts Of Multicultural Education (HOME) project,......

Head Start is a high quality preschool program for young children which includes a curriculum of literacy, language, science, math, and social-emotional development. Our Cassville and Monett Head Start Centers are currently enrolling children. Click here to learn more or give us a call. Cassville: (417) 847-8011 ......

Did you know thousands of families lose their homes every year because they can’t pay their utilities? It’s one of the leading causes of homelessness in America. Help Alice 95.5, City Utilities and OACAC “Share The Light” and help keep families in their homes this......

Our sincere thanks to Shoes from the Heart and United Healthcare for providing our Douglas Head Start children each with a new pair of shoes on December 12. The kids were VERY excited! The mission of Shoes from the Heart is to “support the children of......

Springfield Give 5 is civic matchmaking between retirees seeking to use their skills through volunteer opportunities and the nonprofits who need them. OACAC applied and was selected to participate as a potential volunteer site for the first class in the Springfield Give 5 program. During......

The Dan Holt Team, in collaboration with Clint Girlie of Alice 95.5 is hosting a holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 9 to raise money for Project Share through the Share the Light campaign. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, good company, and support this great cause from 11am......

The OACAC Area Board is made up of members from each of the ten counties we serve, including Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster. These members make up a tripartite board with representatives from the following: 1/3 low-income individuals, 1/3......

Sherry Bennett has been an OACAC advocate for five years, serving both on the Dallas County Advisory Board and the Area Board. Always willing to help, she has volunteered with REALL simulations, at the New To You Thrift Store, and more. We are pleased to recognize Sherry......

Our thanks to everyone who participated in the Change for Change drive, bringing in their pennies, nickels, dimes and more. $276.00 was contributed and was matched anonymously, bringing the total to $552. This money goes into the OACAC Grant Assistance Fund, with 100% going toward......

We’re so excited to be in the Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge, which continues through January 3. Our goal is to raise the most money possible and win the grand prize donation of $150,000. Additionally, on Tuesday, Nov. 28 (#GivingTuesday), we have the opportunity to......

The Christmas Project is a collaboration between the OACAC Dade County Neighborhood Center, the Men’s Civic Club and Toys 4 Tots. Free to families with children up to the age 14, this project gives parents the opportunity to shop for gifts for their children. Registration......

Did you know thousands of families lose their homes every year because they can’t pay their utilities? It’s one of the leading causes of homelessness in America. Help Alice 95.5, City Utilities and OACAC “Share The Light” and help keep families in their homes this......

HOME mentors and mentees gathered together to spread some Thanksgiving cheer on November 18. They rolled up their sleeves, put on their oven mitts, and baked pumpkin pies.  Each group baked two pies; one for the mentee to take home and enjoy with their family and one to......

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We invite you to skip the cooking and join us for a delicious meal at Bambinos on January 17, 2018. From 4-9pm, 20% of all dine in and carry out orders will support OACAC’s mission of helping people move from poverty to empowered self-sufficiency. Come......

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 OACAC Greene County Center, in collaboration with Park Crest Baptist Church, is providing Thanksgiving baskets this holiday season. Income guidelines apply, must register by noon on Friday, Nov. 17 by calling (417) 447-0554. Limit one per household....

The OACAC Dade County Neighborhood Center (DCNC) needs your help raising $4,000 to receive a dollar-for-dollar match grant from Ozarks Food Harvest, the regional food bank for Southwest Missouri. The funds are thanks to a grant The Food Bank received from the Walmart Foundation State......

Mentees and mentors with the HOME project recently had a festively fall fun time at the Verona Corn Maze in Verona, MO. Hearts of Multicultural Education (HOME) is a mentoring project intended to build lasting bridges among multicultural families and the communities in which they......

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......

Today through November 27, we are running a Change for Change campaign to support poverty reduction initiatives through the OACAC Grant Assistance Fund. Simply put, this is a change collection drive during the month of November. It will end on Giving Tuesday, November 28, with all change collected......

It was cold and rainy outside, but inside Deborah and Jimmie’s home it was warm and dry, thanks to the work done by OACAC Weatherization crews, in collaboration with the Homeowner Emergency Loan Program (HELP) through the City of Springfield. Thanks to Deborah and Jimmie......

Congratulations to the 19 people from Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation, East Missouri Action Agency, Community Action Agency of St. Louis County – CAASTLC, South Central Missouri Community Action Agency, and OACAC Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, who completed #REALL Facilitators training today. Their two-day training prepares them to facilitate the REALL......

The Jack Gamble Memorial Award for best area board attendance during the 2016 – 2017 program year was awarded on October 24, 2017 to two counties with tied attendance excellence. Congratulations to our Dallas County and Greene County board members for their participation in advocacy......

Shirley Barnett was very involved in helping the Christian County Neighborhood Center long before becoming a board member. Always happy to lend a hand, you can often find Shirley helping with life skills classes, promoting OACAC programs, giving information to people in need of assistance, helping with......

Thanks to Nixa High School students and teacher, Mrs. Rapp, for thinking of the kids we serve on Dare to Care Day. They decorated treat bags for our Christian County Neighborhood Center staff to hand out, packed with all kinds of goodies including a book, toys,......

We need YOUR HELP to win the Youngblood Auto Group Local Charity Award Program gift of $500. Click here and vote daily through October 31 to cast your vote for OACAC. The nonprofit with the most votes by midnight on the 31st will win the cash! Thank you....

Congratulations to Teddy Ragsdale, winner of the 9th Annual Ozark Mountain Mountain Tournament on 10/14/17. At age 15, Teddy is the youngest winner we’ve ever had! Teddy’s dad, Craig, was the winner last year, so Monopoly is tradition for this family from Texas who travel each......

The 2nd Annual Springfield Adventure Race was held on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Teams took on challenges at six stops around the city, including MJ’s Market & Deli, Barnes & Noble, STD Flea Market East, American National, Westlake Ace, and OACAC Stewart Head Start. Awards and......

November 1, 2017: You are invited to join us in celebrating Weatherization Day in recognition of energy saving services which make a difference in our community. Crews will perform weatherization measures and staff will be available to answer questions and provide information. The event will take......

Wednesday, October 4 is the final day to register a team for the 2nd Annual Springfield Adventure Race. This event, inspired by the TV show, The Amazing Race, sends teams of 2-4 people around town competing in a variety of challenges. The awards and after......

October is National Energy Awareness Month and October 30th is National Weatherization Day. The Home Energy Affordability Gap is the gap between “affordable” home energy bills and “actual” home energy bills. In 2015, the Home Energy Affordability Gap for those near or below the federal......

Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children which offers a school-readiness curriculum including literacy, language, science, math, and social-emotional development. Our Monett and Cassville Centers are now enrolling children ages 3-5. For more information or to enroll, call or click here. Monett:......

The first two orders from the Peace Shirt campaign were so well received, we have relaunched the sale.  Shirts, which range from $18 – $23, come in three styles and a variety of colors.  They display the powerful quote from Sargent Shriver which reads, “Peace......

Please join us in celebrating with and congratulating Nancy Masner on 35 years with OACAC. Wow! As the Housing Assistance Program Director, Nancy goes to great lengths to help people secure affordable, safe, decent housing in the Ozarks. Nancy is pictured with OACAC Executive Director, Carl......

Sally Wooldridge has been on the Dade County Advisory Board for 14 years and is very involved, frequently volunteering for many of the events we host.  If we need something at the Dade County Neighborhood Center, she doesn’t hesitate to help. She is a wonderful......

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,......

Inspired by the hit TV show, the Amazing Race, the Springfield Adventure Race sends teams of 2-4 people by vehicle around Springfield, competing in fun, creative, thought-provoking challenges.  The race ends at Classic Rock Coffee with awards, live music from the band, Innuendo, food, and continued......

Good news was received from the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP): Dear WAP and CSBG Network, The Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations subcomittee marked up it’s appropriations bill today. The bill rejects the Administration’s proposal to eliminate LIHEAP and CSBG. The bill provides $700 million......

Max Lytle has been involved with the OACAC Area Board and County Advisory Board for many years.  He understands the struggles of low-income people, and supports our programs and projects by sharing information about OACAC, attending events, supporting the Taney County Neighborhood Center office, and more.......

Congratulations to Cathy Sells of our Weatherization Program on 25 years with OACAC! Cathy is pictured here with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz....

Congratulations to Susan McMillen, Supervisor of the Polk County Community Center, on 10 years with OACAC! Susan is pictured here with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz....

The annual Dallas County back to school shoe party held at Shoe Carnival in Springfield on August 13 was a success!  Each summer, the OACAC Dallas County Neighborhood Center hosts a back to school fair for income eligible students in grades K-12.  In addition to......

Enter to win four one day admission passes to White Water!  What OACAC program(s) can help you stay cool when it’s this hot outside? How to enter: 1) Like OACAC’s facebook page, like the contest post, AND comment with your answer to the question above.......

The first orders from the Peace Shirt campaign were so well received, we have added another option and relaunched the campaign.  Shirts, which range from $18 – $23, come in three styles and a variety of colors.  They display the powerful quote from Sargent Shriver......

OACAC is now accepting bids for Mental Health contracts that will be used to supplement the Head Start Mental Health Program.  These bids are being accepted for providing mental health services for the 2017-2018 program year. Services are to begin September 2017 and go through the......

Have you thought about having your home weatherized?  Benefits to customers include reduced energy usage, increased energy efficiency of the home, alleviated substandard living conditions, safer and healthier living environment, long-term energy savings, and more. OACAC Weatherization crews provide services in Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas,......

Tuesday, July 11 is Amazon Prime Day. Advertised as having “more deals than Black Friday,” this is a big day of shopping for many. When you begin at smile.amazon.com and choose Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation as your charitable organization of choice, .5% comes back......

Happy 45th anniversary to the OACAC Foster Grandparent Program! Started at OACAC in 1972, the Foster Grandparent Program pairs seniors with children and youth for one-on-one support and mentoring. Foster Grandparent volunteers do many wonderful things any  grandparent would do with their own grandchildren, including......

Who, in our community, would creatively dedicate time working on dropout prevention with area elementary youth? Who, in our community, would devote their effort to educating people in poverty about their legal rights as a tenant, thereby preventing countless evictions and episodes of homelessness?  Who......

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....

“Whereas, the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) operates the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) in its ten county services area in Southwest Missouri that......

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....