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....

Our Nixa Head Start recently held a family at-home road building activity and contest. Families were provided a building kit and also encouraged to use what they had at home. This activity aligned with a school lesson about roads and just look at all the......

Learning Ladders is a new project in our 10-county area which helps people achieve their goal of opening a home-based childcare business....

In observance of Presidents Day, OACAC Centers and Offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15. Information and applications for services can be found at www.oac.ac....

Due to inclement weather, our Barry and Taney County Neighborhood Centers are closed today, Monday, Feb. 8. UPDATED at 10:45am: Our Webster, Dade, and Lawrence County Neighborhood Centers are closing early today due to weather. UPDATED at 11:00am: Due to inclement weather in the Ozarks,......

We are excited to launch a new program in our 10 county service area that focuses on individuals strengthening relationships within their own lives. ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) is a 5-year project funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children......

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....

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......

Three employees were recognized at our January 26, 2021 Area Board meeting via Zoom for their long-term service to OACAC. Congratulations to Darla Boice, Christian County Neighborhood Center, for 25 years or service; Debby Gemmecke, Family Resource Specialist at our Barry County Neighborhood Center for......

We are pleased to recognize Jean Mueller as our Board Member for January 2021. Jean has been a constant and steady support for OACAC for many years. She leads our Taney County Advisory Board so well and always offers wise counsel in a calm and......

Our Dade County Neighborhood Center in Greenfield is in need of volunteers to help with commodities and the food mobile. Call (417) 637-2701. Volunteers for Commodities are needed from 8am – 1pm on 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3, and 7/1. Help with the food mobile......

Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster counties have been awarded Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The selection was made by a National Board......

Our 2nd Annual MO Mac & Cheese Fest looks a little different than the first event, but it still connects people with delicious mac & cheese through a Buy One, Get One card. This BOGO card includes delicious deals from Bambinos Cafe on Delmar, Bambinos......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Information and applications for services can be found on the various tabs on our website. We are pleased to be a virtual vendor at the Springfield......

In observance of New Year’s Day, OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021. Information and applications for assistance can be found by searching the tabs at www.oac.ac....

Rent, mortgage, transportation, mental health, physical health, employment, and more – assistance is available for a range of services for income-eligible applicants. Contact your local OACAC Neighborhood/Community Center to schedule an appointment. Contact information can be found at https://oac.ac/neighborhood-centers/. Funding provided by DHHS OACAC CSBG......

Recycle your tree at Wickman’s Garden Village this year and your $5 donation will come back to OACAC in support of poverty relief in the Ozarks. Wickman’s is located at 1345 S. Fort Ave in Springfield. More information at https://www.facebook.com/wickmans....

OACAC and Discovery Center of Springfield collaborating to provide $315,250 in educational scholarships to 140 children in the Ozarks For Immediate Release (December 17, 2020) Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) and Discovery Center of Springfield (DCS) are excited to announce a collaborative partnership supporting......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on December 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday. Regular hours will resume on Monday, December 28. Program and project information as well as applications for services can be found at www.oac.ac....

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....

Thank you for sharing your light and generosity! We are excited to say the 5th annual Share The Light event was a huge success, raising more than $19,000 for Project Share, which helps keep people warm during the cold winter months. Thank you to all......

Here’s a delicious way to support poverty relief in SW MO! When you visit Panda Express on Dec. 14 and show the event flyer below – paper or digital verson – or use the code below with your order, 20% will be donated back to......

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......

Thanks to Hemmy and Clint for having is in to talk about OACAC programs and Share The Light, coming up this Saturday, Dec. 12. Here’s the 30 minute interview which was broadcast on all iHeartMedia stations on Sunday, Dec. 6....

We wish a very happy retirement to our Family Planning Director, Diane Anthony. Diane started her 36-year career as the Family Planning Director on March 14, 1984. Over the years, she has been instrumental in leading and growing a successful program, as well as expanding......

Many things have changed over the last nine months, and we have all adapted. However, one thing has not changed, and that is the power of connection, collaboration, and partnership.    We need one another because we are stronger together. Over the summer, we put......

One year ago we were celebrating all things cheesy with the first MO Mac & Cheese Fest. The mac & cheese was delicious and the guests and sponsors were generous, helping us raise over $13,000 for poverty relief. This year we’re excited to connect people......

If you find yourself shopping on Amazon this time of year, or any time of year, you can give while you shop! Simply start with a smile. Visit smile.amazon.com and select Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation as your charity of choice or link directly here:......

This holiday season, you can give the lasting gift of a healthy, happy smile. In 2019, following a series of traumatic events, E and her mother fled their country and received a pardon to come to the U.S. for safety. Shortly after arriving, E was......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. Information and applications for assistance can be found by navigating the tabs on our website. We wish you and yours a very happy, enjoyable Thanksgiving....

Do you live in Stone County? Have you been affected by COVID? Do you need assistance with rent or mortgage? If you answered yes to all three, we’d like to talk with you! Please give our Stone County Neighborhood Center a call at (417) 739-1130......

We’re happy to welcome Jamie Raab to OACAC as our new Family Planning Director. Jamie comes to OACAC after two years in clinic management at Mercy Hospital. Prior to Mercy, she worked with youth and families for over eight years at the Greene County Juvenile......

On November 12, 1965, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation became incorporated. We are proud to continue serving people and communities in Southwest Missouri today. Did you know? The Community Action movement has its roots in the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. By 1965, all 114......

On Monday, November 9, we welcomed Debra (Debbie) Dance Uhrig as the new Supervisor of the Stone County Neighborhood Center. Uhrig brings years of leadership experience to OACAC, along with a background in Education, and extensive marketing, sales, and media experience. Uhrig also works as......

“One day can bend your life.”-Mitch Albom Many people never contact OACAC for assistance until “life happens.” Recently, with the encouragement from an OACAC Board Member, a man contacted our Webster County Neighborhood Center. A series of difficult events from loss of a partner to......

Are you interested in making a positive impact in the lives of others? Are you passionate about poverty relief? If so, you may be a great fit to join our board. Ideal candidates will have a background in early childhood education and development. Volunteer opportunities......

In observation of Veteran’s Day, OACAC offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11. Head Start Centers will remain open. Program information and applications for assistance can be found on our website and submitted through our drop box at 215 S. Barnes in Springfield, MO....

We wish our friend and Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) Director, Tommie Trammell, a very happy 35th anniversary with OACAC! Tommie started on November 1, 1985 as a part-time ECIP worker. Over the years she has held a few positions, all with the focus......

When: Saturday, Dec. 12 from 7am – 7pm Where: Alice 95.5 Studio in the Tower Shopping Center, corner of Glenstone and Sunshine in Springfield This Christmas YOU can keep a family in the Ozarks from becoming homeless! Alice 95.5, KGBX, US97, The Wolf & City......

iCare is a community awareness campaign hosted by Harmony House to start the conversation and educate the community about domestic violence. We support victims and survivors in our community. We support our friends at Harmony House and their mission to provide shelter, advocacy and education......

10/30/20 is Weatherization Day! Click here to watch a video about OACAC’s Weatherization program and learn how we are making positive, energy efficient changes to homes in Southwest Missouri....

In celebration of a new, safer resilient playground surface, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Hollister Head Start held a virtual ribbon cutting on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2:30pm. The ribbon cutting is available to watch at facebook.com/oacacmo. In August 2020, the OACAC Hollister......

Are you interested in making a positive impact in the lives of others? Are you passionate about poverty relief? If so, you may be a great fit to join an OACAC County Advisory Board. We’re currently seeking one low-income person or advocate to serve on......

Do you need a legal form notarized? We can help. Commonly notarized documents include absentee ballots, advanced health directive forms, wills, power of attorney forms, and more. Call the center in your county to schedule an appointment. There is no fee for this service....

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......

When you shop Amazon on Prime Day or ANY day, you can support poverty relief in SW MO by starting with a SMILE at smile.amazon.com or directly at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-0836672. Do you use the Amazon app? Make sure AmazonSmile is ON and you’ve chosen Ozarks Area......

We wish a very happy anniversary to Carl Rosenkranz, who, on Oct. 8, celebrated 46 years as Executive Director with Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC). Carl is OACAC’s fourth Executive Director in 54 years. He is one of the longest serving E.D.’s of all......

We are pleased to recognize Sarah Lowe as our Board Member for September 2020. Several years ago, the position of president of the Webster County Advisory Board became available and after being nominated, Sarah gracefully rose to the occasion. She takes the responsibility to heart,......

“Take what you need, give what you can.” A new People’s Pantry has been installed outside of the Bois D’Arc United Methodist Church 10463 W. Hwy T in Bois D’Arc. The People’s Pantry project was created to address food insecurity by providing increased and free......

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......

Do you need a legal form notarized? We can help. Commonly notarized documents include absentee ballots, advanced health directive forms, wills, power of attorney forms, and more. Call the center in your county to schedule an appointment. There is no fee for this service....

Here are the new start dates for the 2020-2021 OACAC Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). November 1: Households with a person who is disabled or age 60+ (2020-2021 applications will be accepted beginning October 1) December 1: All other households (2020-2021 applications will......

Missouri expands eligibility and extends the summer Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application deadline. Low-income Missourians now have until October 31, 2020 to apply for assistance with payments for their summer cooling bills if they are in crisis. To apply for assistance, please contact......

We want to thank all who have supported the Ozark Mountain Monopoly tournament through the years. This event raises funding for our Stone County Neighborhood Center’s emergency fund, which helps people in need. With the health and safety of all in mind, we will not......

AmazonSmile has donated over $200 million to charities worldwide! You can help increase AmazonSmile donations to Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation by shopping at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-0836672 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app. Thank you!...

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Our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, celebrates 49 years of service with OACAC on Sunday, September 13. Carl’s first day as an employee of OACAC was on September 13, 1971. He served as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) from 1970-71 with OACAC in Webster......

Evelyn Lackey retired from OACAC after dedicating 30 years to serving others through our Family Planning program. On September 8, she passed away. Our thoughts and condolences are with Evelyn’s family and friends. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., September 10, 2020,......

Do you need a legal form notarized? We can help. Commonly notarized documents include absentee ballots, advanced health directive forms, wills, power of attorney forms, and more. Call the center in your county to schedule an appointment. There is no fee for this service....

OACAC Weatherization is accepting applications in Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster Counties. Weatherization is a free service for renters and homeowners who qualify, and may include insulation of attic, floors and walls; weather stripping; repairs to doors and windows;......

“Take what you need, give what you can.” The People’s Pantry project was created to address food insecurity by providing increased and free access to food to anyone, regardless of income, anytime day or night. The community is encouraged to donate if they can, to......

The OACAC Summer Cooling Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) runs June – September and provides assistance for electricity payments only. A shut-off notice is required. For more information, please call (417) 864-3460 or visit https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/....

If you’re an Amazon shopper, there is a way to also support poverty relief in SW MO. Simply START WITH A SMILE! Using the Amazon app: Amazon Smile customers can now support OACAC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Here’s how:1.......