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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.

OACAC Scavenger Hunt Raised $5,000 to help families in crisis

Congratulations to the Giddyup Girls for finding 49 out of 50 clues and taking first place at the OACAC Scavenger Hunt on April 12 in Marshfield, MO.  Thanks to the support of our sponsors and participants the scavenger hunt raised $5,077.74 to help families in Webster County who find themselves in an emergency crisis situation. 

Did they have fun?  We think so!

Frantic, fun and educational!  ~ Zumba Becky
A Blast!  I am ready for the next one.  We had a good time!  ~ Debbie Carter
I thought it was a lot of fun! ~ Jaimie Crotinger

Thanks to all of the hard work of the OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center Advisory Board Members for hosting this great event.  We hope you will plan to join the hunt next year!

Corporate Sponsors - $500
Complete Realty Sales and Management, LLC
CR Realty, Inc.
Jordan Valley Community Health Center
D.D. Hamilton Title Co., Inc.
Empire Bank
Marshfield Chevrolet
Metropolitan National Bank
Replogle & Berkstresser, LLC
Southern Missouri Bank

Gold Sponsors - $250
Investment Centers of America, Inc.
Rost Ready Mix, Inc.

Silver Sponsors - $100
Brooks Gas Company, Inc.
Gary Letterman, Recorder of Deeds
JROB Properties, L.L.C. - Rob Hunt
Singer Auto Parts
Tyler Pipe
Webster County Farm Bureau
Wilson Excavating, Inc.

Other Sponsors
First Home Savings Bank
S & M Properties, LLC (DBA McFadin Storage)
Hampton Lawn & Garden
Seymour Bank
Springfield Cardinals
McDonald's
Silver Dollar City
American Family Insurance - Melony L. Dennis
Price Cutter Grocery
Ruth's Flower Shop
Sheilia's Place
First Glance Graphix, L.L.C.
Coca Cola Bottling Company
Jerry Nehl Catering
Hairstyles Etc.
Hannah's Convenience Store

Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service Highighted Work of Volunteers in Niangua, MO

Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service was celebrated “school assembly” style in Niangua, MO on April 1, 2014 with a gymnasium full of students and honored guests.  Those in attendance gathered to honor the efforts of Grandma Becky Kay and the OACAC Foster Grandparent Program and to recognize the efforts of the Niangua Community Food Pantry.

To commemorate the Second Annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, Mitch Sitton, Mayor of Niangua, Missouri, presented a proclamation to the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation’s (OACAC) Foster Grandparent Program and Becky Kay, an OACAC Foster Grandparent.  An additional award from OACAC was presented to Becky Kay, Leota Cantrell, and the Niangua R-V School District for establishing the Niangua Community Food Pantry.  Other honored guests in attendance included Carl Rosenkranz, Executive Director of OACAC; Debbie Young, Director of the OACAC Foster Grandparent Program; Mr. T.J. Bransfield, Superintendent of Niangua Schools; Sherry Mayo, Niangua Elementary School Principal; Bart Brown, President/CEO Ozarks Food Harvest;  members of the Kay family, and others in the community. 

The Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service is a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that service plays in solving local problems and challenges.  Participating in the day highlights the impact of citizen service and shows support for nonprofit and service groups and individual and, hopefully, inspire additional residents to serve in their communities.  Read More!

From Left to Right: Debbie Young, Director of the OACAC Foster Grandparent Program;
Sherry Mayo, Principal of Niangua Elementary School; Bart Brown, President/CEO Ozarks Food Harvest;
Leota Cantrell, Niangua Community Food Pantry; Becky Kay, OACAC Foster Grandparent and
Niangua Community Food Pantry; T.J. Bransfield, Superintendent Niangua R-V Schools;
and Carl Rosenkranz, Executive Director of OACAC

OACAC Head Start now accepting bids on our annual Fleet Management Contract

OACAC Head Start is now accepting bids on our annual Fleet Management Contract. 

Read the Invitation to Bid

Read the Bus Specifications

OACAC Foster Grandparents Recognized for National Service

Thanks to Councilman Jerry Compton for presenting a Proclamation to OACAC Foster Grandparents Program at the OACAC Area Board of Directors meeting for the April 1, 2014 Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.  Thanks to all of our OACAC Foster Grandparents for their dedication to the youth in our community!

 
The Proclamation was presented by Councilman Jerry Compton (right) and
accepted by (left to right) Debbie Young, OACAC Foster Grandparent Director;
Caryl Pelford, OACAC Foster Grandparent; and Carl Rosenkranz, OACAC
Executive Director

Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service Highlights Work of Volunteers in Niangua, MO

To commemorate the Second Annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, Mitch Sitton, Mayor of Niangua, Missouri, will present a proclamation to the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation’s (OACAC) Foster Grandparent Program and Becky Kay, an OACAC Foster Grandparent, on April 1 at  2:30 p.m. in the old gymnasium at the Niangua High School.  An additional award from OACAC will be presented to Becky Kay and Leota Cantrell for establishing the Niangua Community Food Pantry.  Other honored guests in attendance will include Carl Rosenkranz, Executive Director of OACAC; Debbie Young, Director of the OACAC Foster Grandparent Program; Mr. T.J. Bransfield, Superintendent of Niangua Schools; Sherry Mayo, Niangua Elementary School Principal; Bart Brown, President/CEO Ozarks Food Harvest;  members of the Kay family, and others in the community.  Read More!

Head Start Smiles Receives $5,000 Donation

Thanks to Springfield Grocer Company, Inc. for their donation of $5,000 to provide OACAC Head Start children with restorative dental care.  Areas of restoration include, but are not limited to, baby root canals, caps, and fillings.  If left untreated, decayed teeth can cause pain and make it difficult to chew and eat.  Also, baby teeth serve as "space savers" for adult teeth.  If baby teeth are damaged or destroyed, they can't guide permanent teeth into their proper position. Thank you Springfield Grocer Company, Inc. for helping OACAC Head Start make sure these children have healthy smiles and are ready to go to school!

Head Start Smiles Receives $10,000 Donation

Thanks to David O'Reilly, Chairman of the Board at O'Reilly Auto Parts, for his $10,000 gift donation to 2013-2014 Head Start Smiles Campaign and his continued support of OACAC Head Start!  Head Start does not receive funding for these dental services so they rely on donation commitments from the public to fund student dental care. All Head Start Students, ages 3 and up, are seen by a dentist twice during the school year for oral exams, full x-rays, fluoride treatment, and cleanings and their cavities and any infection are treated with fillings and crowns.  It is the goal of Head Start to have the children's oral health fully restored during the school year.  They also keep costs minimized by enrolling students in private dental insurance or Missouri HealthNet and by receiving services from dental providers that reduce their fees for students of low-income families.  

Servicios de planificacion familiar accesibles

Servicios de planificacion familiar accesibles de OACAC.  Leer más de El Mensajero, Marzo 2014.

Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers for two upcoming Poverty Simulations;  February 11 from noon to  2:00 p.m. at Baptist Bible College and March 6 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Missouri State University.  Please call Lindsey at 873-3375 or Meghan at 873-3372 for more information.

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