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.......

OACAC offices and centers will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. Information and applications can be found at www.oac.ac....

Hundreds of kids and teens in SW MO are starting the school year with the supplies they need, thanks to the sponsors, donors, supporters, and volunteers who made our 2020 school fairs a success. Thank you!...

We’re pleased to recognize Melannie Frater as our OACAC Board Member for August 2020. Melannie’s advocacy comes from a place of knowledge and empathy. She supports OACAC’s mission through physical work, creative ideas, and an optimistic spirit. Melannie freely gives her time to support causes......

Please join us in celebrating Vickie Waggoner on 45 years of service with OACAC. Vickie is a kind and compassionate person with an open door and chair for anyone who stops by her office. Vickie shared she grew up at OACAC, having started as a......

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is an economic stimulus bill intended to provide fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families. The CARES Act law allocated $1 billion to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program and left it......

56 years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Economic Opportunity Act, thus beginning the amazing journey of Community Action and America’s War on Poverty. For more than 30 years, David Bradley has been one of Washington’s leading advocates on behalf of......

Census takers are out in the field right now collecting responses from households that have not responded to the census. During this time, you can still go online to respond at www.2020census.gov, call the Census Bureau at 844-330-2020, or return the pre-paid paper form that......

Celebrate The Arts • Support Poverty Relief We are excited to be a non-profit partner with the 10th Annual Queen City Shout Festival. The festival is live from August 17 – 23 during a week long multistage, multi platform extravaganza spread across the internet. View......

The parking lot at our central office, 215 S. Barnes in Springfield, will be closed to traffic for resurfacing on Saturday and Sunday. Applications can be dropped off through Friday or again beginning Monday or, if needed, the drop box can be accessed by walking......

August 17, 2020 OZARKS AREA COMMUNITY ACTION CORPORATION Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster Counties Current OACAC Programs’ work schedules Central Office at 215 South Barnes, Springfield, MO 65802 has been closed to public traffic since March 26, 2020 (417-862-4314).......

Celebrate The Arts • Support Poverty Relief We are excited to be a non-profit partner with the 10th Annual Queen City Shout Festival. The festival is live from August 17 – 23 during a week long multistage, multi platform extravaganza spread across the internet. View......

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. 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 variety of educational activities. The......

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/....

The OACAC Weatherization Program is a free service for qualified homeowners and renters. Insulation and air sealing improves the energy efficiency of your home, to help keep you warm in the winter, cool in the summer and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Applications can......

Wishing our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, a great big, wonderfully happy birthday. Carl left Massachusetts and came to OACAC as a VISTA volunteer in 1971. Forty-nine years later, he continues dedicating his life’s work to advocacy, poverty relief, and social justice for people in SW......

Celebrate The Arts • Support Poverty Relief We are excited to partner with QCS 2020 virtual festival in this, the 10th year! The Queen City Shout festival returns August 17 – 23 for a week long multistage, multi platform extravaganza spread across the internet. View the incredible......

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

Happy #NationalMacAndCheeseDay! Here are some fun memories from our first annual MO Mac & Cheese Fest, held last November. While we won’t be gathering in person this year, we are working on something that will still connect people to their favorite mac & cheese in SW......

Our Neighborhood/Community Centers would like to provide a washable cloth mask for students when school supplies are passed out in August. Are there any mask makers who would be willing to donate some? We’ll be serving kids in grades pre-K through 12 across several counties.......

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/....

Due to an increase in COVID cases, we have decided to cancel Christmas in July on July 16 at the Aurora Sunset Drive In. We are disappointed; however, the health and safety of our community is of top concern. We appreciate the support of the Aurora......

Una began with OACAC as a Community Aide in Barry County on August 1, 1967 then became the Center Supervisor on September 1, 1969. She retired on April 1, 1994 after dedicating 27 years to serving the community. Our thoughts are with her family and......

The OACAC Weatherization Program is a free service for qualified homeowners and renters. Insulation and air sealing improves the energy efficiency of your home, to help keep you warm in the winter, cool in the summer and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Applications can......

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/....

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. 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 variety of educational activities. The......

OACAC’s Christmas in July at the Aurora Sunset Drive-In is back! Join us on Thursday, July 16 in the comfort of your vehicle to watch the Christmas classic, The Polar Express. Gates open at 7pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Tickets are $5......

These kiddos at our Bolivar Broadway #HeadStart Center sure know how to have fun in the sun! ...

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

Jennifer sponsored a student to honor her grandfather. She stated, “My Grandpa Berton every year would donate supplies to the elementary school by his home. We didn’t know he did this until he passed.” Your gift provides essential supplies such as a new backpack, paper, folders,......

A social media ambassador is someone who is passionate about the work we do and happy and willing to share stories of success, resources, program updates, and more on their social media page(s). It seems fitting during this time as we meet via Zoom, that......

This is OJ, great protector of the OACAC Community Needs Assessment. Our thanks to all who gave their voice and efforts to this assessment, which includes qualitative and quantitative data and priorities for our 10-county service area in SW MO. The Community Needs Assessment can......

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more. Please take a few......

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/....

OACAC Greene County Center is pleased to announce a grant made possible by the Greene County Senior Citizens’ Service Fund Board. This grant will allow the OACAC Greene County Center to offer direct assistance to seniors to help them maintain independence in their homes. With......

Jennifer sponsored a student to honor her grandfather. She stated, “My Grandpa Berton every year would donate supplies to the elementary school by his home. We didn’t know he did this until he passed.” Your gift provides essential supplies such as a new backpack, paper, folders,......

Great news! Amazon Smile customers can now support OACAC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Here’s how:1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and......

Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely; in just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job. The OACAC Weatherization Program is a free service for qualified......

OACAC’s Christmas in July at the Aurora Sunset Drive-In is back! Join us on Thursday, July 16 in the comfort of your vehicle to watch the Christmas classic, The Polar Express. Gates open at 7pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Tickets are $5......

OACAC supports the following statement from the Board of Directors and CEO. (Washington, DC, May 29, 2020)-Our world is reckoning with a pandemic for which there is currently no cure. Already, COVID-19 has taken 100,000+ lives in the US and it has consumed millions more.......

Your gift provides essential supplies such as a new backpack, paper, folders, crayons, pens, pencils, hygiene items, clothing, and much more. After a long school year with an unprecedented ending, kids and teens are looking forward to the summer. But as they do, the months will......

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. 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 variety of educational activities. The......