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.
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.
OACAC Head Start is now accepting sealed vendor bids for foods and food service supplies for the 2014-2015 program year until June 1, 2014. For more information click here.
Carl was presented the OACAC Integrity Award by Dave O'Dell, OACAC Area Board Vice President
In 2014 Carl Rosenkranz will celebrate his 40th year as Executive Director of OACAC. In honor of his commitment and dedication to low-income families in the Ozarks, the OACAC Area Board of Directors and Staff presented Carl with a unique and "totally unexpected" award. A good leader is certain to surround him or herself with good people. Carl does not believe he is running all the operations at OACAC. Instead, he is guiding good people and encouraging them to believe in their talents and abilities. Thank you Carl for your belief that by working together we can help low-income families improve their quality of life and in some cases help them become financially self-sufficient.
OACAC Head Start proudly presents
Author, Professional Educator, and Expert on Poverty
DR. RUBY K. PAYNE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014
East Sunshine Church of Christ Auditorium, 3721 E. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65809
Join us for a half day or full day of training based on the groundbreaking work by Dr. Ruby Payne, author of Bridges Out of Poverty. This is an outstanding opportunity for educators at all levels, community leaders, social service organizations, college educators, faith-based groups, and business leaders to better understand the impact of poverty on students, families and our community; as well as effective ways to address poverty issues. Dr. Payne is described as an inspiring speaker who has an accessible, engaging style, using humor and stories to perpetuate her mission: to positively impact the education and lives of individuals in poverty throughout the world. For more information click here.
Melannie Frater and Zana Schafer accepted the grant award from The Skaggs Foundation.
The Skaggs Foundation has awarded OACAC Neighborhood Centers in Stone and Taney counties with $20,000 to be used for dental work for uninsured residents who meet the eligibility guidelines of 125% Federal Poverty or below. Eligible services include, but are not limited to, oral exams, x-rays, fillings, crowns, extractions, root canals, dentures, and antibiotics specific to dental work. Individuals may receive assistance up to $650, and once the work has been completed, an additional $100 will be available to cover the costs of a follow-up visit and cleaning, for a total per person maximum of $750.
The goals of this project are to assist those most in need with their dental care; promote positive, long-lasting oral health; alleviate some of the overuse of emergency rooms; and further develop community partnerships and collaborations.
Funding for this project was provided in whole by The Skaggs Foundation. Skaggs Foundation's mission is to support and imporve the health and wellness of Taney and Stone Counties through the programs, projects and services provided by community initatives and Cox Medical Center Branson.
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Amy Larson, Stone County Recorder of Deeds, has been selected to serve on the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Stone County Advisory Board. “I am excited to serve on the OACAC Advisory Board for Stone County to assist area families to achieve self-sufficiency and stability in their lives.
Larson will join Cy Bortner, Tony DeLong, Barbara Booth, Al Morton, Doug Cotter, Mary English, Roseanne McEvoy, Mike Shanta, Wendy Metcalf, Deerdra Kelly, and Tammy Battaglia on the Stone County Advisory Board.