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Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) is a not-for-profit agency working toward alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in the Ozarks. OACAC serves Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster Counties. 

OACAC offers seven programs: Family Planning, Foster Grandparent, Head Start, Housing, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Neighborhood Centers and Weatherization.
As part of a nationwide network of Community Action Agencies, OACAC continues to fight poverty with new and innovative programs and expanded services for children through Head Start and Early Head Start.
From developing programs for families to initiating community projects, OACAC is committed to making the Ozarks a better place to live and work for all residents.



Holiday Gift Wrapping - Tanger Outlets

On Saturday, December 19, from 12 noon until 6 pm, OACAC volunteers will be at Tanger Outlets in Branson and will wrap your holiday gifts for you. Donations will be accepted and will go towards the Taney County Neighborhood Center's emergency fund to help those most in need who reside in Taney County. Stop by and see us at the Northeast corner of the outlet mall next to A&W!

Dade County Christmas Project

Our Dade County Neighborhood Center, in partnership with the Dade County Men's Civic Club, is hosting the Dade County Christmas Project this year. Families must pre-register for the event in order to receive gifts for their children, ages 0-14. Please call our Dade County Neighborhood Center at 417-637-2701 for more information. In order to to be eligible, families must reside in Dade County and meet income eligibility guidelines.

November 12, 1965

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 Webster County Scavenger Hunt 2016

2016 Webster County Scavenger Hunt Logo

For information contact Chuck Replogle at 417-880-6773 or by email at chuck@rbattorneys.net.

Proceeds to benefit the OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center Emergency Fund which helps families in crisis situations. The Scavenger Hunt is sponsored by the OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center Board of Directors. Click here to complete the online form or download and mail us a registration form.

Thanksgiving Baskets for Greene County Residents!

Our Greene County Center is partnering with Park Crest Baptist Church in offering families who reside in Greene County Thanksgiving Baskets. Please call 417-447-0554 to sign-up by November 19, 2015. Income guidelines apply.


REALL Simulation at Bolivar High School

Our Polk County Community Center hosted a REALL (Reality Enrichment and Life Lessons) Simulation at Bolivar High School on Thursday, October 29. Thank you to the many high school seniors who stepped up and volunteered to man the stations and make this simulation extra special!!

VOICE Facilitators' Training

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 Missouri and is in search of new host sites and professionals. For more information or to schedule an experience please contact Andrea Smith, VOICE Coordinator, at asmith@oacac-caa.org


We are currently hiring for the following positions:
-Lead Teacher(Greenfield Head Start)
-Teacher Assistant (Greenfield Head Start)
-Child Aide (Grant 2 Head Start & Aurora Head Start)
-Child Aide/Teacher Aide (Stewart Head Start)
-Nutrition Assistant (Fordland Head Start)
-Temporary EHS Teacher Assistant (Republic Head Start)
-Child Aide (Branson Early Head Start)
-Substitutes (Springfield/Greene County Head Start Centers)
-Family Advocate (Mt. Vernon Head Start)


VOICE Simulation-Summit Intermediate School

We had a great time at Summit Intermediate School on October 5 presenting our VOICE (Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children in Elementary) Program!  This program addresses and inspires career awareness in our local elementary children.  We are always looking for volunteers to help with these simulations.  For more information or to schedule a simulation at your school, please contact our Neighborhood Centers Office at 417-873-3370.


OACAC News/Events

Updated on November 25, 2015

Updates on proposed budget cuts to Community Action Programs