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.
OACAC would like to thank David O’Reilly, Chairman of the Board at O’Reilly Auto Parts, for once again supporting our Head Start Holiday Smiles Campaign. Mr. O’Reilly has been a supporter of OACAC Head Start for several years now and we very much appreciate his commitment to ensuring that our children receive the dental services they need to remain healthy and happy during their preschool years.
Donations to the OACAC Head Start Holiday Smiles Campaign help our children receive much needed dental services. These services include oral exams; x-rays; fluoride treatments; cleanings; cavity fillings; composites; extractions; stainless steel crowns; and the removal of tissue decay to save and restore baby teeth. If you are interested in supporting this important work, please contact us at 417-862-4314.
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 County through case management, emergency assistance, school readiness fairs, Life Skills Classes, community projects and much more! Come visit our new facility located at 15060 Business 13 South, Suite 11, Branson West or contact us at 417-739-1130.
Our Christian County Neighborhood Center will be wrapping gifts at Barnes and Noble, located at 3055 S. Glenstone, Springfield on Thursday, December 11, from 4-9 pm. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the Christian County Emergency Fund to help those struggling on low-income residing in Christian County. Your support would be greatly appreciated!
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 10 County Advisory Boards, are the voices for their respective counties in the agency administration, programmatic, planning and evaluation policies of OACAC.
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 appreciate her efforts in ensuring that our children are provided the highest quality educational experiences, health services and opportunities available for low-income children and their families.
Karen Roby was honored for 10 years of service to OACAC. Karen serves as our Dade County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, and we are very appreciative of the work she does in helping those most in need in Dade County and the overall support she provides to our Neighborhood Centers Program.
Volunteers are needed for our upcoming REALL Simulation at Spokane High School on Thursday, December 11, from 8:30-11:30 am. If you are able to help, please contact Darla Boice at our Christian County Neighborhood Center at 417-581-7631. Thank you!!
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 14, and this week children attending Wilson’s Creek are participating in this career awareness program!
“It was a great experience for our elementary students,” said one school counselor, “They learned a lot and increased their career awareness. OACAC and our volunteers for the project are wonderful to work with.”
OACAC is in need of professional volunteers who would like to share their professions with elementary students and help them understand what they do and why they chose their career paths, and also general volunteers to help children transition to different stations during the simulation. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jennifer Olson at 417-447-0554. It would be a GREAT experience for you and a wonderful way to give back to your community!
OACAC would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Springfield Local 152 of the International Association of Fire Fighters who donated brand new winter coats to children who are participating in OACAC's Head Start Program. The donation is in partnership and support of Operation Warm, which is dedicated to helping needy families and making children feel warm, healthy and valued. Just look at the smiles these local fire fighters brought to our children's faces!
On Friday, November 7, 2014, we will say goodbye to Alice Wingo, who has served as OACAC’s Resource Development Director for the past 5 ½ years. During Alice’s employment with OACAC she was instrumental in securing new partnerships, obtaining grants for our various programs, raising funds to help low-income individuals and families in our community and increasing OACAC’s public image, visibility and reputation. We thank Alice for her tireless efforts to help those most in need and wish her only the best and much success in her future endeavors!