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......

The Greene County Center will close at noon on Wed., Aug. 8 to serve families during the Back to School Fair. They will reopen on Thurs., Aug. 9 for normal business hours.   The Dallas County Neighborhood Center will be closed until 2pm on Wed.,......

The Head Start Home Visiting Program is a high quality, in home service promoting healthy development, positive relationships, and strong family bonds. This program is now enrolling children, prenatal to age five, who are living in Stone and Taney counties in Missouri. For more information,......

(from the City of Branson July 27, 2018 Media Release) “The Branson Board of Aldermen recently voted to donate 6,144 square feet of insulation made from locally recycled glass to the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC), a non-profit agency that helps combat poverty across......

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,......

Our thanks to the First Bank of Purdy for hosting a “Stuff the Bus” event on July 30 to benefit the children of Cassville, Purdy, Wheaton, Exeter, and Southwest schools. Donations can be dropped off at the First State Bank Cassville Branch between 9am –......

Our thanks to the teams, sponsors and donors who participated in the 5th Annual Webster County Scavenger Hunt on July 14, 2018. This event raised over $2,200 to help Webster County residents with critical needs. Congratulations to Team Divas and Doughboys for taking first place!......

Our OACAC Head Start office received the Program Performance Summary Report from the March 2018 Focus Area Two Monitoring Review.  It reflects the amazing work our team does day in and day out to give children and families the best possible Head Start experience.  The......

In response to an increased need for assistance, the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Greene County Center is hosting a Back to School Fair for elementary age children in Greene County. In partnership with Blades & Shades Salon & Spa, Crosslines, Care to Learn,......

Amazon Prime Day begins today at 2pm CT. Whether you’re shopping for bargains, back to school, birthdays, or more, when you “start with a smile” and choose Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation as your Amazon Smile charity recipient, you’re supporting individuals and families across the......

Every month MaMa Jean’s Natural Market highlights a local charitable organization for their Spare Change for Change program. Canisters are available at each register for one month, and MaMa Jean’s matches donations given by customers, up to $250. We are pleased to have been the......

The Resources Unlimited Network (RUN) meeting provides an outlet for nonprofits to gather and share information and resources toward the mission of reduced poverty, strengthened communities, and increased self-sufficiency. The meeting is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:00 am in the......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Thursday for regular business hours, and we wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday....

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......

We nominated Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) to receive the Community Partnership Award for their collaborative work with our OACAC Housing Program. Through this partnership with DMH, OACAC currently serves 51 households with the Shelter Plus Care and DMH Rental Assistance Programs, creating long-term housing stability.......

Congratulations to these new REALL Facilitators (pictured in the group below) from Ozark Opportunities, Inc. and OACAC. Their two day training included a hands-on, interactive REALL Simulation at Nixa High School and information shared in a classroom setting. We wish them all great things as they bring the REALL......

The 5th Annual Scavenger Hunt is coming to Marshfield on Saturday, July 14. Team registration opens at 9:30am at the Webster County Fairgrounds, and the race begins at 10:00am. Teams can be 1-4 people and, back by popular demand, the team voted to have the......

When: Friday, June 15 from 9-11am Where: 637 W. Tampa in Springfield During the Head Start Storage Sale, you can pick up children’s classroom and office furniture for very low prices! The storage is located across the street from the Tampa Head Start Center in......

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......

On June 7, colleagues and friends threw a 50’s themed party to celebrate the retirement of OACAC employee, Rick Nivens (pictured below). Rick has worked for OACAC for more than 15 years, most recently with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). We wish......

Due to technical difficulties during the screening on June 2, LUNAFEST has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 30, from 1-3pm at OACAC, 215 S. Barnes. Those who attended the event are invited to the re-screening of nine short films by, for and about women. If......

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......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. We extend our appreciation to the service men and women who have protected our country and continue to do so. We will reopen on Tuesday for regular business......

James Young works in our Weatherization program, ensuring the homes we service are energy efficient. James, pictured on the right with Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, received a 10 year service award on May 22. Congratulations, James!...

During OACAC’s May 22 board meeting, Ervin Uhrig of Stone County was recognized as a board member who is very supportive of our vision and dedicated to the people we serve. He has been instrumental in organizing the annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament, so much......

Welcome! Stop by our OACAC centers on these days to say hello, talk with staff, have fun, and learn what Community Action means as we recognize National Community Action Month. May 22 from 9am – 11am: Greene County Center, 560A N. Stewart, Springfield May 22......

The 5th Annual Scavenger Hunt is coming to Marshfield on Saturday, July 14. Team registration opens at 9:30am at the Webster County Fairgrounds, and the race begins at 10:00am. Teams can be 1-4 people and, back by popular demand, the team voted to have the......

Congratulations to the newest facilitators for the Reality Enrichment And Life Lessons (REALL) project! They completed a two-day training on 5/3/18, preparing them to bring REALL to their communities. Did you know? A high school dropout will earn $1 million less than a college graduate......

OACAC is a Community Action Agency, established in 1965 to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty and help people achieve self-sufficiency. The words below make up the promise each Community Action Agency across the nation makes to those we serve. Join us 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......

Join us for a groovy 70’s themed night of CHILINGO on Friday, April 27! For $10, players will receive three bingo cards, a bowl of chili, a drink, and unlimited fun among friends. Music provided by MERP Entertainment LLC. Adults of all ages welcome, reservations are......

Our sincere appreciation to everyone who joined us for Golden Girls trivia at Finnegan’s Wake on April 11, what a fun night! Thanks to the many donors who provided prizes, and to Finnegan’s Wake staff for supporting our mission and being great partners. This event......

Our thanks to MaMa Jean’s Natural Market for sponsoring OACAC this month during their MaMa’s Spare Change for Change campaign. When you shop for your favorite products at any of the MaMa Jean’s locations around Springfield, you can donate your change into the canister located......

In her fourth year on the OACAC board, Brenda Howe is very supportive of the people we serve and the programs and projects we offer. She has gone to great care to ensure every child receives an exam from a professional eye doctor during the......

OACAC Head Start is seeking mental health providers who are interested in and have a passion for serving young children and their families, and who can commit to providing continuity of counseling services for the child. The mental health provider will provide mental health promotion,......

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......

Roll Call reports news of legislative and political maneuverings on Capitol Hill, as well as political coverage of congressional elections across the country. Click here to read the latest issue....

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......