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 Grandparents, 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.
Melannie Frater and Zana Schafer accepted the grant award from The Skaggs Foundation.
The Skaggs Foundation has awarded OACAC Neighborhood Centers in Stone and Taney counties with $20,000 to be used for dental work for uninsured residents who meet the eligibility guidelines of 125% Federal Poverty or below. Eligible services include, but are not limited to, oral exams, x-rays, fillings, crowns, extractions, root canals, dentures, and antibiotics specific to dental work. Individuals may receive assistance up to $650, and once the work has been completed, an additional $100 will be available to cover the costs of a follow-up visit and cleaning, for a total per person maximum of $750.
The goals of this project are to assist those most in need with their dental care; promote positive, long-lasting oral health; alleviate some of the overuse of emergency rooms; and further develop community partnerships and collaborations.
Funding for this project was provided in whole by The Skaggs Foundation. Skaggs Foundation's mission is to support and imporve the health and wellness of Taney and Stone Counties through the programs, projects and services provided by community initatives and Cox Medical Center Branson.
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Amy Larson, Stone County Recorder of Deeds, has been selected to serve on the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Stone County Advisory Board. “I am excited to serve on the OACAC Advisory Board for Stone County to assist area families to achieve self-sufficiency and stability in their lives.
Larson will join Cy Bortner, Tony DeLong, Barbara Booth, Al Morton, Doug Cotter, Mary English, Roseanne McEvoy, Mike Shanta, Wendy Metcalf, Deerdra Kelly, and Tammy Battaglia on the Stone County Advisory Board.
Congratulations to Suzanna Walker, the 2013 Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament Champion and winner of a $500 cash prize! Suzanna beat out 50 other players to become the 2013 Champion. A big THANK YOU goes to our friends and tournament sponsors. For a complete listing please click here.
OACAC Dade County Neighborhood Center has opened a fund with the DACO Community Foundation to raise funds to purchase a permanent base of operations. Read More!
RUBY LEA PAYNE
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 death. Ruby was also preceded in death by her siblings Deloris Woodall, Oral Woodall, Lawrence Woodall, Mildred (Woodall) Campbell, Clyde Woodall, and her husband of 59 years and 8 months, Jesse “Jack” Payne, who she married on January 2, 1954. They lived their vows for “better or worse.”
She is survived by her three children; Jacky Payne and wife Elana, of Lebanon, MO, Gwen Formy-Duval and husband Brent, of Urbana, MO, and Mike Payne and wife Sharon, of Urbana, MO; seven granddaughters, Danielle Payne, Rachael Powell, Kelli Drane, Megan Payne, Alyson Payne, Angela Jacobs and Meleah Johnson; 3 grandsons, Clint Kelley, Seth Kelley and Brian Formy-Duval; and one great grandson Desmond Payne. She is also survived by numerous step grand and great grandchildren, several cousins, and many friends and neighbors.
Ruby was raised at Macks Creek and attended school until Sixth grade when she moved to Fort Leonard Wood, MO with her mother and attended school at Waynesville then later moved to Buffalo, MO where she graduated high school.
Ruby retired as Supervisor of the O.A.C.A.C. office in Bolivar, Missouri after 28 years. She devoted most of her life to helping many families with needs such as clothing, heating, shelter, medical expenses and even making sure people had enough gas money to get to doctor appointments. Ruby also organized many benefits to raise extra money for the Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. to help ALL those in need in Polk County. She was so successful at helping others that she had an award named after her “The Ruby Payne Award” that is presented each year to a deserving supervisor from other O.A.C.A.C. offices as dedicated to those in need as Ruby.
Ruby enjoyed cooking for her family, reading and listening to old time gospel and country music, and watching basketball games and volleyball games that her kids and grandkids were coaching or playing in. Ruby was a loving mother and wife who devoted herself to her family and grandchildren, whom she loved with all her heart.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday October 9th, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Urbana Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Thursday October 10th at 10:30 a.m. at the Hopewell Cemetery on AC Hwy, Urbana, Missouri, with Matt Flanders officiating. Honorary escorts will be James Ashworth, Roy Mackey, Ray Kyllonen, Kelly MacAtee, Jimmy Greer, James Horn, Johnny Moore, Frankie Miller, Claudie Ashworth, Donnie Kinslow, Werner Wilson, Rod Hooper, Roy Potter, Mike Corry, and Billy Phillips. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ruby Payne Memorial Fund and left at the Funeral Home or mailed to P.O. Box 993, Buffalo, Missouri 65622.
Thanks to Ozark Mountain Bank who donated school supplies and more than $200 in cash by its customers and employees to the OACAC Taney County Neighborhood Center. To read more please click here!