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.
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.
Congratulations to the Tunnell Team for taking first place at the OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center's 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt, which was held on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Second place went to Three's Company, and the Giddyup Girls took third place! It was a great event and fun was had by all participants! A special thank you to our sponsors and our Webster County Advisory Board - approximately $3,000 was raised from this event to help individuals and families living on low-income in Webster County.
We are very happy to announce that Carl Rosenkranz, OACAC’s Executive Director, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Charles Braithwait Leadership Award!
This award is awarded by the Missouri Association for Community Action (MACA) in honor of Charles Braithwait who began his career in Community Action in 1965 and was one of the founders of the National Community Action Foundation. Each year MACA awards this distinguished honor to someone in the Missouri Community Action Network who exemplifies the energy and dedication demonstrated by Charles Braithwait.
Carl Rosenkranz has dedicated his career to leading OACAC in providing assistance and opportunities for low-income individuals and families for over 40 years. He works with employees, volunteer board and advisory council members, related agencies, businesses, local governments, and most recently the Springfield Impacting Poverty Commission, to inform and educate the public on low-income issues, and he is a strong advocate for community action programs on a local and state level.
All of OACAC's Head Start Centers are accepting applications for fall enrollment!
On April 1, 2015, the OACAC Grant Committee met and awarded $18,156.86 as follows:
Christian County Neighborhood Center:
$1,000 to purchase materials for a Vocational Opportunities Inspiring Children in Elementary (VOICE) kit.
$363.94 to continue operating the copy machine for client use in the OACAC Central Office lobby.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
$3,000 to assist clients with utility deposits, reconnect fees, and leak tests for propane.
$3,000 to assist past Weatherization customers with repairs to furnaces and water heaters.
Family Planning and Housing Assistance
$2,396.46 (this amount was awarded to each program for a total of $4,792.92) to purchase a shared server.
$3,000 to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Head Start/Early Head Start children in the Springfield/Greene County area.
Stone County Neighborhood Center
$3,000 to assist with client transportation needs, such as tires, oil changes, car repairs and gas vouchers for work/school related purposes.
Assistance with home repairs, rent, mortgage, propane, pellet stove pellets, electric bills, personal property taxes, real estate taxes, homeowners insurance, air conditioners, heaters, repair of appliances, or wheelchair ramps is available to seniors living in Greene County, MO, ages 60+. For additional information and to apply, please contact the OACAC Greene County Center at 447-0554 to schedule an appointment. This project is provided by the Greene County Senior Tax Fund.
The OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center will be hosting it's 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Teams (up to 4 people) can register online via our website, visit the Webster County Neighborhood Center (211 N. Clay, Suite D, Marshfield) or register the day of the event for the nominal cost of $20 per team. Registration begins at 3:30 pm and dinner will be served! Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Webster County Emergency Fund to help those most in need residing in Webster County. A silent auction will immediately follow the Scavenger Hunt. PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS VERY FUN, FUN EVENT!!
Missouri State Representative Lyndall Fraker presented a State Resolution to OACAC's Foster Grandparents in celebrating the Foster Grandparent Program's 50th Anniversary. Foster Grandparents provide one-on-one mentoring, nurturing, and support to children with special or exceptional needs, or who are at academic, social, or financial disadvantage. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FOSTER GRANDPARENTS!!!