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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.



A look ahead for LIHEAP

This project is federally funded.  100% of the total cost of the project will be paid for with federal funds, which will amount to $3,404,436.

Family Support Division and OACAC are both equal opportunity providers and employers.

Save the Date - October 8!

Adventurous...Wacky...Fun! Inspired by The Amazing Race, the Springfield Adventure Race will send teams around the city, competing in all kinds of awesome challenges.

Starting Line: OACAC, 215 S. Barnes, 2pm
Finish Line: Cartoons Oyster Bar, 1614 S. Glenstone, 5pm
Following the awards, you're invited to stay for the after party - your cover charge has already been paid, compliments of Cartoons. Enjoy drink specials, live music, and socializing with your favorite people!


Teams must register online by September 25 at www.oac.ac/springfieldadventure

Follow us on facebook:  www.facebook.com/springfieldadventure


July 12 is Amazon Prime Day

Are you an Amazon shopper?  If so, please consider making OACAC your charitable organization of choice when you log-in to shop from smile.amazon.com. 

Amazon Prime Day is July 12

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Scavenger Hunt

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Back by popular demand, the 2016 Webster County Scavenger Hunt will take place on Saturday, July 16 from 10am-noon.  Check-in at 9:30 at the Marshfield Fairgrounds. 

Players will go on an exciting adventure around Marshfield, collecting clues.  Registration is $20 per team of 1-4 players.  Register at: https://oac.ac/oacac/content/oacac-webster-county-scavenger-hunt-2016


This event will raise funds for the OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center Client Emergency Fund, which provides assistance to people who are experiencing a crisis. 

































Springfield Adventure Race


Adventurous...Wacky...Fun!  Inspired by the hit television show, The Amazing Race, the Springfield Adventure Race will send teams around the city, competing in all kinds of awesome challenges. This is a TIMED race so the teams first to arrive at the finish line win the big prizes! All teams must reach the finish line by 5pm.

Starting line: OACAC, 215 S. Barnes, 2pm
Finish line: Cartoons Oyster Bar, 1614 S. Glenstone, 5pm

Stay for the after party - your cover charge has been paid, compliments of Cartoons Oyster Bar! Enjoy great time with friends, drink specials, and live music.

1. Is this race on foot? No, teams will need to have one vehicle to get around in.
2. How many can be on a team? Teams can include 2-4 players
3. What is this raising money for? Proceeds from the Springfield Adventure Race will go to the OACAC Grant Assistance Fund. This fund is available to all seven OACAC programs, and serves as a way to meet the unmet needs of our community. In short, 100% of the money raised goes back into the community to help our friends in need.

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.


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Updated on June 28, 2016

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