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.
We'd like to wish our Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz, an EXTRA SPECIAL HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!
OACAC' s Neighborhood Centers Program conducted our Third Reality Enrichment and Life Lessons (REALL) Facilitator Training today. Congratulations to all our participants!
OACAC's Early Head Start has immediate openings at our Bolivar location. Early Head Start is a high quality child and family development program for children, ages 0-3, and pregnant women. It is designed to support the healthy growth and development of children and to support parents in their role as the child's first and most important teacher. For more information on Early Head Start and/or the application process, call 417-777-8932.
We'd like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to our Greene County Advisory Board Member, Dan Harter, for hosting his third annual 2-Man Scramble Golf Tournament on Friday, May 22! This event raised $1,000 for our Greene County Center Emergency fund to help those most in need. We'd also like to offer a BIG THANK YOU to our Greene County Advisory Board President, Dave O'Dell, for helping with this event. These two dedicated guys have already set the date for next year's golf event for May 21, 2016. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
At the Missouri Association for Community Action (MACA) Conference held on May 5-7, Carl Rosenkranz, OACAC’s Executive Director, received the 2015 Charles Braithwait Leadership Award. Charles Braithwait began his career in Community Action in 1965 and was one of the founders of the National Community Action Foundation. Sadly, Mr. Braithwait passed away in 2014, but his spirit of leadership remains strong in Community Action. 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.
Please click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_zaoEn38Bo to view the awards presentation. Those speaking include Heather Lockard, Executive Director of MACA; Sandra Braithwait, wife of the late Charles Braithwait; Charles McCann, former Missouri CSBG Program Administrator; Vickie Grinde, the 2014 Charles Braithwait Award Recipient; and Carl Rosenkranz. For those of you interested in Carl’s words, you can fast forward to minute 32 of the video.
OACAC's Reality Enrichment and Life Lessons (REALL) Program received a really nice write up in the National Association for State Community Services Programs' Blog. Please click here to read the entire article!
Community Action Agencies are non-profit organizations established under the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. To urge all citizens to support the important services Community Action Agencies provide, Missouri Governor, Jeremiah Nixon, proclaimed May as Community Action Month.
OACAC's Family Planning Program is holding a raffle and you have the chance to win one of two BEAUTIFUL, HAND-CRAFTED bird feeders. 100% of the funds raised from this raffle will go towards the Family Planning Program.
Our Board of Directors recognized Mary Connolly, OACAC's Neighborhood Centers Director, for her 10 years of service with OACAC at the Area Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Thank you, Mary, for your dedication to helping those in need and your belief in OACAC's mission!