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.
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!
6th Annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament and Silent Auction raised over $4,200 to help low-income families in Stone County, Missouri
Congratulations to Thomas Davenport, the 2014 Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament Champion! Thomas used luck, strategy and people skills to beat 50 other players from Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. A Big Thanks to the Best Western Inn and Conference Center, the OACAC Stone County Advisory Board, and our tournament sponsors.
Crane Residential Care Home
Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center
Cape Fair Eagles Aerie 4278
Cape Fair Eagles Auxiliary 4278
Stone County Elected Officials
Tammy & Greg Battaglia
The Lake House Restaurant & Pub
Sonic Drive In
Sons of Malarkey, MC
Sugar Toes – Diabetic Foot Care
Your Spirit Mind and Body
Kimberling City Barber Shop
Dan’s Marine Service
Phillips and Sons Excavating
Kimberling City Plumbing
Silver Dollar City Foundation
Extreme Roofing LLC
Southern Stone County Fire Auxiliary
Eddie Padilla Painting & Supplies
American Family Insurance – Eric Simkins Agency
L&J Plumbing Supply
White River Propane
Ozark Mountain Bank
OZARK MOUNTAIN MONOPOLY
6th ANNUAL TOURNAMENT
And Silent Auction Sponsored by
Stone County OACAC Neighborhood Center
10:00am Saturday, October 25, 2014
Best Western Branson Inn and Conference Center
Next to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri
$20.00 PLAYER FEE INCLUDES
TWO 90 MINUTE ROUNDS,
TOURNAMENT T-SHIRT, AND LUNCH!
First 120 registrations guaranteed to play!
Ages 14 and up.
For more information on this exciting event, please contact:
Congratulations to Taco Salad for taking first place at the Greene County Scavenger Hunt on September 27 in Springfield, MO. Thanks to the support of our sponsors and participants the scavenger hunt raised $2,326.00 to help families in Greene County who are in an emergency crisis situation.
Did they have fun? We think so!
Thanks to all of the hard work of the OACAC Greene County Center Advisory Board Members for hosting this great event and for our partners in business.
Peck's Insurance & Financial Services
American Business Systems
Bertsch Heating & Air