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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 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.


May 30, 2014

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. Please bookmark us at OAC.AC.


Regions donates $1,000 to OACAC Taney County Neighborhood Center

A BIG THANK YOU to Regions Financial Corporation for donating $1,000 to OACAC Taney County Neighborhood Center to assist low-income families in crisis situations.  Stephanie Rutledge, Consumer Sales Manager, Greg Ritchie, Branson Branch Manager and Ron Hawley, Market President presented the check to Melannie Frater on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  We appreciate your partnership and commitment to our local communties!

Foster Grandparents care for area students

During the school year you will find Ann Wilson at the OACAC Cassville Head Start reading stories, playing games, giving hugs, and putting together puzzles to a class of students.  Click here to read the whole story published by Republicmonews.com.

OACAC Foster Grandparents need volunteers to work with children at schools, day cares, Head Start Centers and youth centers in their community. Age 55+. Please call 864-3420 for information.

OACAC's Area Board Vice-President, Dave O'Dell Chosen as Gift of Time Volunteer of the Year!

Dave O'Dell, Vice President of OACAC's Area Board of Directors, was selected as a Gift of Time Volunteer of the Year at a luncheon today presented by the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and the City of Sprigfield.  The Gift of Time awards recognize volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to make life better for our friends and neighbors here in the Ozarks.  Dave O'Dell has participated in leadership roles for OACAC since 1998.  Dave supports OACAC's mission to provide assistance to thousands of low-income families and willingly explains to anyone who will listen how then can make a difference for those living in poverty.


Dave feels that the most important thing one can do is to take the time needed to volunteer and put your heart and soul into whatever you do.  He knows that volunteering enriches his life and the lives of others, and he has volunteered over 3,000 hours.  Thank you, Dave, for all you do for OACAC!  You are so deserving of this award.



OACAC Foster Grandparent Program Seeks Volunteers


The OACAC Foster Grandparent Program is looking for volunteers who would like to work with children at schools, day cares, Head Start Centers, and youth centers in the following counties: Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Laclede, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, and Wright.  Volunteers receive a nutritious meal each day, annual physical exams, accident/liability insurance, training, and fellowship.  Additional benefits for those meeting income guidelines include an hourly, non-taxable stipend, reimbursement for travel, holiday pay, and funeral, sick and annual leave.

If you are 55 years of age, or older, and interested in making a difference in a child's life, please contact 417-864-3420 to learn more about this exciting program.

NEW OACAC Logo Design

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. Please bookmark us at OAC.AC.



OACAC's 2013 Annual Report Available for Review

OACAC's 2013 Annual Report is now availble for review.  To request a printed copy please email awingo@oacac-caa.org.

Click here to download a copy of the report

Webster Electric Foundation Awards $2,753.02 to OACAC Head Start

A big THANK YOU to the Webster Electric Foundation for awarding OACAC Head Start in Marshfield with $2,753.02 help meet school readiness goals by purchasing two Apple iPads, two wireless handheld microscopes, two protective keyboard covers and to provide each of OACAC's two Marshfield Head Start classrooms one field trip to the Discovery Center in Springfield.

Marshfield Head Start Center plans and assesses their children with an online portfolio tool, Teaching Strategies GOLD. This tool has an iPad application that will allow teachers to document children's work through images, video, and sound.  This tool will also open up new ways of learning that are hands on.  Opportunities include:
1) Using Google Earth to help children make connections between where they live/go to school and places they have visited which serves as a basic introduction to geography, cartography, and social sciences;
2) Using the camera integrated in the iPad to take pictures & videos which the children can later explore to help them recall, reenact, and/or retell stories/experiences, make connections, and build literacy knowledge (i.e., understanding that stories have characters, a story line, a beginning, middle, and end, setting).;
3) Recording nature sounds outside which can later be used for children to identify encouraging them to attend and engage, solve problems, recall, and make connections. These very real sounds can also be used to make music, assisting children to identify and create patterns.
4) Streaming music for children during group activities, allowing teachers easier access to songs, which are typically stored on CD-ROMs. Skills gained during music are numerous from following directions, to learning about musical concepts and expression. This classroom uses a music and movement curriculum to teach about nutrition.
5) Strengthen the home-school connection by videotaping a variety of classroom activities, splicing the clips into a “movie” through the included application, and sharing out with families who do not have the opportunity to visit the classroom.

Children served by OACAC Head Start are at or below 100% of poverty, increasing their risk for poor life outcomes. It is critical that children who attend Head Start get the best possible experience in order to help them be well-prepared for success in Kindergarten. Using a valid, reliable, age-appropriate, play-based assessment tool like Teaching Strategies GOLD is the best way for teachers to identify each child’s current level of skill in each domain, plan appropriate and interesting activities to support skill development to the next levels, and record and report baseline data and progress data for individual, group, and program-level analysis.

Carol Bell, Director of Child Development OACAC Head Start displays a plaque
that accompanied the grant award from Webster Electric Foundation.

OACAC Scavenger Hunt Raised $5,603.74 to help families in crisis

Congratulations to the Giddyup Girls for finding 49 out of 50 clues and taking first place at the OACAC Scavenger Hunt on April 12 in Marshfield, MO.  Thanks to the support of our sponsors and participants the scavenger hunt raised $5,603.74 to help families in Webster County who find themselves in an emergency crisis situation. 

Did they have fun?  We think so!

Frantic, fun and educational!  ~ Zumba Becky
A Blast!  I am ready for the next one.  We had a good time!  ~ Debbie Carter
I thought it was a lot of fun! ~ Jaimie Crotinger

Thanks to all of the hard work of the OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center Advisory Board Members for hosting this great event.  We hope you will plan to join the hunt next year!

Corporate Sponsors - $500
Complete Realty Sales and Management, LLC
CR Realty, Inc.
Jordan Valley Community Health Center
D.D. Hamilton Title Co., Inc.
Empire Bank
Marshfield Chevrolet
Metropolitan National Bank
Replogle & Berkstresser, LLC
Southern Missouri Bank

Gold Sponsors - $250
Investment Centers of America, Inc.
Rost Ready Mix, Inc.

Silver Sponsors - $100
Brooks Gas Company, Inc.
Gary Letterman, Recorder of Deeds
JROB Properties, L.L.C. - Rob Hunt
Singer Auto Parts
Tyler Pipe
Webster County Farm Bureau
Wilson Excavating, Inc.

Other Sponsors
First Home Savings Bank
S & M Properties, LLC (DBA McFadin Storage)
Hampton Lawn & Garden
Seymour Bank
Springfield Cardinals
Silver Dollar City
American Family Insurance - Melony L. Dennis
Price Cutter Grocery
Ruth's Flower Shop
Sheilia's Place
First Glance Graphix, L.L.C.
Coca Cola Bottling Company
Jerry Nehl Catering
Hairstyles Etc.
Hannah's Convenience Store

Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service Highighted Work of Volunteers in Niangua, MO

Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service was celebrated “school assembly” style in Niangua, MO on April 1, 2014 with a gymnasium full of students and honored guests.  Those in attendance gathered to honor the efforts of Grandma Becky Kay and the OACAC Foster Grandparent Program and to recognize the efforts of the Niangua Community Food Pantry.

To commemorate the Second Annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, Mitch Sitton, Mayor of Niangua, Missouri, presented a proclamation to the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation’s (OACAC) Foster Grandparent Program and Becky Kay, an OACAC Foster Grandparent.  An additional award from OACAC was presented to Becky Kay, Leota Cantrell, and the Niangua R-V School District for establishing the Niangua Community Food Pantry.  Other honored guests in attendance included Carl Rosenkranz, Executive Director of OACAC; Debbie Young, Director of the OACAC Foster Grandparent Program; Mr. T.J. Bransfield, Superintendent of Niangua Schools; Sherry Mayo, Niangua Elementary School Principal; Bart Brown, President/CEO Ozarks Food Harvest;  members of the Kay family, and others in the community. 

The Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service is a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that service plays in solving local problems and challenges.  Participating in the day highlights the impact of citizen service and shows support for nonprofit and service groups and individual and, hopefully, inspire additional residents to serve in their communities.  Read More!

From Left to Right: Debbie Young, Director of the OACAC Foster Grandparent Program;
Sherry Mayo, Principal of Niangua Elementary School; Bart Brown, President/CEO Ozarks Food Harvest;
Leota Cantrell, Niangua Community Food Pantry; Becky Kay, OACAC Foster Grandparent and
Niangua Community Food Pantry; T.J. Bransfield, Superintendent Niangua R-V Schools;
and Carl Rosenkranz, Executive Director of OACAC


OACAC News/Events

Updated on July 29, 2014

Updates on proposed budget cuts to Community Action Programs