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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.

 

15 Read Aloud Tips for Babies and Toddlers

Please take a look at these 15 tips to help prepare your child for reading and learning.

Springfield Grocer Company, Inc. recognized as an MACA Outstanding Community Partner

A Big Thank You to Springfield Grocer Company, Inc. for their support and partnership of OACAC.  Springfield Grocer Company, Inc. was presented with the MACA Outstanding Community Partner Award by the OACAC Area Board of Directors and Head Start Policy Council on July 29, 2014.  Jeff Tynes, President/CEO and Eric Beebe, National Account Executive attended the meeting to receive the award. 

Springfield Grocer Company, Inc. is incredibly generous of their resources not only to OACAC, but also to other nonprofits in our community and truly embodies what it means to be partners in philanthropy.  Read More!


From Left to Right: Eric Beebe, Jeff Tynes, and Tony Delong,
OACAC Area Board President

OACAC Head Start Recruitment Underway

Date: July 30, 2014

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for its Head Start program for enrollment beginning in September. Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children.  For your child, Head Start provides medical and dental care, meals, bus transportation (half-day centers only) and a great learning experience!  Transportation assistance is available for families to attend Head Start Activities.   Head Start invites children with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the program.  Full day, extended day or half-day sessions are available.  Families who meet income guidelines and whose children are 3 or 4 before August 1, 2014 are eligible to apply.  4-year olds receive priority along with Foster children and children receiving TANF and SSI. 

OACAC Head Start is located in the ten-county area including Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster Counties.

For more information on Head Start or the application process, please call your local Head Start or the central office toll free 1-866-282-3430.

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

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