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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.



Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children in Elementary (VOICE)

OACAC's Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children in Elementary (VOICE) Program was featured on KY3 today!  Please click on the following link to view:


David O'Reilly Presented Outstanding Community Service Award!

At our August 25, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting, we were honored to present David O'Reilly with the 2015 Missouri Association for Community Action Outstanding Community Service Award. Mr. O'Reilly has been a supporter of OACAC for over 10 years and has donated over $46,000 to our Head Start Smiles Campaign, which helps provide dental services to Head Start children who are typically without dental insurance or require dental surgery due to severe decay. Mr. O'Reilly has been instrumental in helping to provide these services, which have changed our children's lives and enhanced their classroom experiences. On behalf of OACAC, and the hundreds of Head Start families you have helped Mr. O'Reilly, we THANK YOU SO MUCH!


Nicole Fite and Kathy Shoffner from The Gardens Independent Living presented OACAC LIHEAP Director, Tommie Trammel, with a $5,000 grant award at our August 25, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting. We very much appreciate the support of OACAC's LIHEAP Program. THANK YOU!

Two OACAC Employees Honored at August 25, 2015 Area Board Meeting!

Carl Rosenkranz presented two OACAC employee service awards at our August 25, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting. Vickie Waggoner, Personnel Administrative Assistant, was honored for her 40 years of service to OACAC, and Cathy Stewart, LIHEAP Data Entry Clerk, was honored for her 15 years of service. A heartfelt BIG THANK YOU to these two dedicated employees!

Thank you to Webster Electric Foundation!

OACAC’s Webster County Neighborhood Center was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Webster Electric Foundation for its Annual Back-to-School Fair, which helps provide low-income families living in Webster County with school supplies for their children.  Webster County Neighborhood Center Supervisor, Debra Johnson, and Family Resource Specialist, Debi Reece, were presented the check by Webster Electric Office Manager, Jennifer Herion , and Webster Electric Foundation Board Member, Mike Ahrens.  We very much appreciate the commitment and dedication the Webster Electric Foundation continues to show towards our community!  THANK YOU!

OACAC VOICE Experience Serves over 3,000 Children!

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OACAC is proud to announce that in our first year of launching our Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children in Elementary (VOICE) project, we have served 3,009 children across 32 Experience Sessions.  These children gained valuable insights into the vocational opportunities available to them that they may not have gotten elsewhere.  Congratulations to all involved in the VOICE Experience.  We are excited to see where the project goes in years to come! 

Vickie Waggoner Celebrates 40 Years of Service to OACAC

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Vickie Waggoner, Personnel Administrative Assistant at OACAC, celebrates her 40th Anniversary at OACAC today!  Thank you Vickie for being a Community Action "Rock Star!" 

OACAC Kicks Off Strategic Plan with "Sweet and Salty" Potluck


OACAC recently kicked off part of our strategic plan with a "Sweet and Salty" potluck. Team Awesome Sauce sponsored the potluck to gather information about hiring procedures and volunteer needs for the agency. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time. Way to go, Team Awesome Sauce! Stay tuned for many positive things as our strategic plan moves forward.

Monett 1 and 2 Head Start Centers Now Accepting Enrollments

OACAC's Monett 1 Head Start Center, located at 307-15th Street, and Monett 2 Head Start Center, located at 309-15th Street, is accepting enrollments now.  Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 24, 2015.  For more information, please call:


Monett 1 Head Start Center-417-235-3911
Monett 2 Head Start Center-417-235-8779
OACAC Central Office-417-864-3430


OACAC News/Events

Updated on August 31, 2015

Updates on proposed budget cuts to Community Action Programs