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....

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to assist low-income families who lack resources to invest in energy efficiency.  WAP is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Native American tribes, and U.S. Territories.  The OACAC Weatherization......

Thanks to everyone who made the Springfield Adventure Race a fun event! Congratulations to team, “I Thought This Was A 5k” for coming in first and a big thanks to the three of them for donating the grand prize money back to the mission of......

We are proud to recognize Bill Barnett as our honored OACAC Board Member for August 2016. Bill has dedicated more than 20 years to being an OACAC Board Member and Christian County Commissioner. Thanks, Bill!...

Congratulations to Zana Schafer on receiving her 10 year service award. Zana supervises the Stone County Neighborhood Center and adds a sweet southern charm to OACAC. She is pictured her with OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz....

OACAC is happy to welcome a new slate of Board Directors! Congratulations to Dave O’Dell, Board President; Tim Prater, Vice President; Jeannie Moreno, Secretary; and Max Lytle, Treasurer. They each bring a lot of expertise, support for the OACAC mission, and care for their communities....

At our Board of Directors’ Meeting on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, we were honored to present Darla Boice, Chrisitian County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, with her 20 year plaque. Thank you, Darla, for all your years of service to our community!! We appreciate you!!...

On November 12, 1965, the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation was incorporated as a non-profit agency designed to work toward alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in Southwest Missouri....

OACAC hosted the first Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children In Elementary (VOICE) Facilitators’ Training today with 14 participants in attendance. The VOICE project began in 2014 to increase vocational aspirations in elementary aged children and inspire them to dream. This innovative project is expanding across Southwest......

At our August 25, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting, we were honored to present David O’Reilly with the 2015 Missouri Association for Community Action Outstanding Community Service Award. Mr. O’Reilly has been a supporter of OACAC for over 10 years and has donated over $46,000......

Carl Rosenkranz presented two OACAC employee service awards at our August 25, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting. Vickie Waggoner, Personnel Administrative Assistant, was honored for her 40 years of service to OACAC, and Cathy Stewart, LIHEAP Data Entry Clerk, was honored for her 15 years......

At the Missouri Association for Community Action (MACA) Conference held on May 5-7, Carl Rosenkranz, OACAC’s Executive Director, received the 2015 Charles Braithwait Leadership Award.  Charles Braithwait began his career in Community Action in 1965 and was one of the founders of the National Community......

Representatives from the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce helped OACAC staff and County Board Members cut the ribbon and officially open our new Stone County Neighborhood Center Office on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  This new facility will serve individuals and families residing in Stone......

At our Board of Directors Meeting, two County Boards, Greene and Stone Counties, were recognized for “Best Attendance” during the 2013-14 program year and presented with the Annual Jack Gamble Memorial Award.  Members of our Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from each of our......

Two OACAC employees were recognized for their service at our December 2, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting.  Kimberly Shinn Brown was honored for 20 years of service to OACAC.  Kimberly serves as the Director for our Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, and we......

  OACAC’s Greene and Polk County Centers have launched The VOICE (Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children in Elementary) Program!  This program addresses the issues of vocational aspiration and career awareness in local elementary children.  A VOICE simulation was provided to Humansville students this past Friday, November......

You may have noticed that OACAC recently updated our logo to introduce our new web address (OAC.AC).  We like our new color scheme and have incorporated part of our mission into the tag line.  We are also positioning OACAC to be a high-functioning mobile web experience.......

Thanks to Councilman Jerry Compton for presenting a Proclamation to OACAC Foster Grandparent Program at the OACAC Area Board of Directors meeting for the April 1, 2014 Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.  Thanks to all of our OACAC Foster Grandparents for their dedication to the......

Thanks to Springfield Grocer Company, Inc. for their donation of $5,000 to provide OACAC Head Start children with restorative dental care.  Areas of restoration include, but are not limited to, baby root canals, caps, and fillings.  If left untreated, decayed teeth can cause pain and make it......

Thanks to David O’Reilly, Chairman of the Board at O’Reilly Auto Parts, for his $10,000 gift donation to 2013-2014 Head Start Smiles Campaign and his continued support of OACAC Head Start!  Head Start does not receive funding for these dental services so they rely on donation commitments from the......

    Ruby Lea (Woodall) Payne was born April 20th, 1935 in Macks Creek, MO, and passed away on October 7, 2013 after a six year battle with cancer. Ruby was the Daughter of Clarence Woodall and Eva (Wheeler) Woodall Webster who preceded her in......

Patty Van Weelden, OACAC Housing Director, was honored June 5 for her housing collaborative service by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks with a room named in her honor at the newly opened Springfield Affordable Housing Center located at 300 E. Central. The Van Weelden Partner Room was dedicated to......

Please join us as we offer Patty Van Weelden, OACAC Housing Assistance Director best wishes on her retirement, Monday, June 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the OACAC Conference Room at 215 S. Barnes Avenue. For more information contact 864-4441.  Thank you for almost 35 years......