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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.



Governor Nixon to Visit OACAC Stewart Head Start Today!


OACAC’s Stewart Head Start Center, 552 N. Stewart Ave, Springfield, is hosting Governor Jay Nixon at 2:00 p.m. today as he takes action on SB638, which includes provisions for civics education, dyslexia, and other elementary and secondary education initiatives.  This bill also establishes an early learning quality assurance report three-year pilot program in collaboration with the Missouri Head Start State Collaboration Office and the Departments of Health and Senior Services, Mental Health, and Social Services.  The program is voluntary for any licensed or license-exempt early learning providers that are center-based or home-based and providing services for children from any age up to kindergarten.  Below is a diagram of parking spots that have been generously loaned to OACAC Head Start by neighboring businesses for tomorrow afternoon’s event at 552 N. Stewart Avenue, Springfield, MO.  The red area is reserved for Gov. Nixon and his staff. 


LIHEAP Summer Cooling Crisis Program


June 1, 2016 is the start of the Summer Cooling Crisis Program-ELECTRIC HELP ONLY. 

If you did not apply for the Energy Assistance Program or Winter Energy Crisis Intervention Program, you must complete a LIHEAP Application to receive summer assistance.  You may request an application by calling 417-864-3490.

If you have already applied and are in a crisis situation and have received a shut-off notice for your electricity, please call 417-864-3460.  Please provide your name, address, zip code, social security number, phone number and the name of your electric company.

OACAC's Reality Enrichment and Life Lessons (REALL) Project Reaches all the Way to California!

OACAC's copyrighted REALL program is now being introduced to students as far away as California.  Click here!

For several years now, OACAC Neighborhood Centers' staff members have been conducting the REALL Project at schools in Missouri.  In recent years, we have offered "Facilitator's Trainings" to others who might want to bring the REALL Project to their communities.  We are so honored and excited that our project has made it all the way to the State of California!

Taney County Neighborhood Center Fundraiser!

One-Eyed Jack's Poker runs take place every Tuesday night in June at Chad A Fuqua Park in Hollister, MO. Cost is $10 to Run/Walk/Crawl for thirty minutes while receiving cards and having a GREAT time. Lots of door prizes in the works. Charities are Taney County Community Foundation, Crisis Center, OACAC, and Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society.  OACAC’s night is June 28 at 6:30 pm.  Please come out and support this event.  Funds raised will be used to help families and individuals in Taney County facing crisis situations.

May is Community Action Month!

May has been designated as Community Action Month in the State of Missouri.  


Click here to view Governor Nixon's Proclamation.

Give Ozarks Day!

Today is Give Ozarks Day!  Please consider giving a donation to OACAC by clicking here:  https://giveozarks.org/2016/oacac

100% of your donation will go towards helping individuals and families in need.  


Tomorrow is Give Ozarks Day!

Please don't forget to donate on Give Ozarks Day on Tuesday, May 3.  100% of your donation will go towards those who need it most!  


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Updated on June 23, 2016

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