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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.



Dallas County Public Housing Agency Public Hearing-March 21, 2016

OACAC will hold a Public Hearing on behalf of the Dallas County Housing Agency (PHA), on Monday, March 21, 2016.  Please click here for more information.

Thank You Hulston Family Foundation

OACAC would like to thank the Hulston Family Foundation for donating $10,000 to our Foster Grandparents Program!  This donation will assist our Foster Grandparents in offering encouragement, tutoring, and one-on-one support to at-risk children.  

Thank You to Our Head Start Holiday Smiles Donors

We would like to  thank the following donors for supporting the kids in our community through the Head Starts Smiles Campaign:


  • David O'Reilly
  • Norman Abrams
  • Carl Rosenkranz
  • Gail Rusch
  • Cindy Oglesby
  • Cory Jennings
  • Finley and Emory Bell

Head Start Holiday Smiles Campaign

Each year, giving people across the Ozarks donate to the OACAC Head Start Holiday Smiles campaign, giving children in Southwest Missouri bright, healthy smiles!  100% of these gifts are used to provide exams, preventative care, and critically needed dental work.  Your help is needed!  This school year, 142 Head Start children are uninsured; 254 children require dental treatments; and 88 children are waiting for exams and preventative care.  A gift to the Holiday Smiles campaign can be made by visiting https://causemomentum.org/projects/head-start-holiday-smiles or by check to OACAC, c/o Holiday Smiles, 215 S. Barnes, Springfield, MO, 65802.  Thank you.       

$51:  exam and fluoride treatment

$140:  two surface amalgam fillings

$165:  exam, x-rays, fluoride treatment, cleaning

$185:  two surface resin fillings

$237:  stainless steel crown


$1,155:  preventive care for seven Head Start children

Holiday Smiles Campaign

Our annual Head Start Holiday Smiles campaign is underway! A great big thank you to all who donate.


New Board Officers for 2015-17 Term

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.

20 Year Service Award Presented to OACAC Employee, Darla Boice!

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!!

Family Planning Fundraiser

Please support our OACAC Family Planning Clinic by purchasing your tickets for the quilt raffles, going on now through Dec. 21. These will keep you toasty as we head into cold weather. Quilts lovingly made by Edna Glass.



OACAC News/Events

Updated on February 10, 2016

Updates on the Federal Budget & Community Action Programs