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Poverty Relief: Your Change Equals Positive Change in SW MO

Five factors impacting poverty include economic and family security; education; food and nutrition; health; and housing and energy. When there is insecurity in one of these areas, the other areas in a person's life suffer. 

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Pledge Incentives

$10.00 Level

13 Supporters

Thank you for your kind gift of $10. For the price of your favorite drive-thru coffee and treat, you've designated your money to make positive change in our community. We are happy to share your name in our annual report as a supporter of poverty relief.

$25.00 Level

18 Supporters

For the cost of roughly 10 gallons of gas, your gift could make it possible to get to work and earn a paycheck. For your generosity, we'll share your name on our social media channels and in our annual report as a supporter of poverty relief. We hope you'll also share our project in your social circles to help add to our momentum.

$50.00 Level

11 Supporters

$50 could provide dental care for a Head Start child or school supplies for a student in K-12. For your thoughtful gift, we will send you a handwritten card in the mail, as well as share your name on our social media channels and in our annual report as a supporter of poverty relief. Will you rally your friends and family to be part of Give Ozarks Day?

$150.00 Level

3 Supporters

To a family struggling to pay rent or buy groceries, $150 makes a powerful impact and puts us closer to reaching our goal. As a gesture of thanks for your generosity, we will send you a personalized thank you from OACAC's four-legged, adorable mascot, as well as share your name on our social media channels and in our annual report as a supporter of poverty relief. Please visit our page later to check our project’s progress as we near our 7 pm deadline.

Project Overview

Jack is a father with two children who works full-time, earning minimum wage. He attends school part-time to improve his skills and expand his opportunities for employment paying a living wage. Jack works hard to provide for his family, but they are struggling, making just over $21,000 annually.

Jack, like hundreds of thousands of Missourians, lives below the poverty line. His earnings are stretched thin to pay for basic needs, and likely aren't enough to cover unexpected bills, emergencies, retirement, let alone - fun with his family.

Your Change Makes a Bold Change

Your gift empowers OACAC's bold, innovative and longstanding programs and projects to meet the needs of our communities served in an unrestricted and flexible way. Your donation helps us provide:

  • Mental and dental health supports to children
  • School supplies to children and teens, grades K-12
  • Critically needed medications to adults
  • Necessary home repairs
  • Utility reconnections
  • Mentorship opportunities for seniors
  • Access to services, both in-person and virtually
  • Education and skills for empowered self-sufficiency
  • Hope for a better life for the people we serve

As a Community Action Agency, we work to provide equity and opportunities for children, adults, seniors, individuals, families, and communities. We do so through our programs and projects, with the support of partners, volunteers, and donors. 

2020 was a challenging year for everyone, universally. It was especially difficult for those who live without enough. Your gift on this Give Ozarks Day provides a hand up and you can feel confident in your support of OACAC as 100% of your gift will be used to assist those who need it most.

Thank you for your compassion and kindness.   


Thank you

Thank you for being a giver on this Give Ozarks Day. Your generosity in support of the children, teens, adults, and communities we serve makes a big impact and it is thoughtfully appreciated.

“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.” - Fred Rogers

We invite you to stay connected with our programs and projects to hear about success stories, opportunities, services, and more.

Kindest regards,
Your friends at Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC)

A note of thanks

Hello. Thank you for investing in our community and helping make Give Ozarks Day a great success. We look forward to following up with you individually, but in the meantime, here is a short video which shares our gratitude for your support of OACAC.


About Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation

Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) is a nonprofit organization working toward alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in the Ozarks. We are proud to be one of 19 Community Action Agencies in the state of Missouri and one of more than 1,000 such agencies across the nation serving children, adults, seniors, individuals, and families.

Our mission is, "To enrich the lives of families and individuals within our communities by providing opportunities, offering assistance, and empowering people to make positive change."

We serve Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster counties through seven programs: Family Planning, Foster Grandparent Program, Head Start/Early Head Start, Housing Assistance Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Neighborhood/Community Centers, and Weatherization. 


Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation

Springfield, Missouri
(417) 873-3375