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    Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission, Inc. is proud to be an active partner in the national Community Action Partnership network. The Community Action Partnership is made up of more than 1,100 local, private, non-profit and public agencies that have been working to alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in communities throughout the United States since 1964. Our organization was established in 1965 as a private, non-profit social service agency and has been actively serving the citizens of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert, and Williams counties for over 45 years.
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NOCAC News

Let's Do Lunch!

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) runs Monday through Friday June 8th (Williams County sites begin June 9th) to August 13th.  The program will not be open on July 3rd because of the holiday weekend.  The program provides free, nutritious meals for all area children ages 1- 18 or to age 21 with an IEP.  All children under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration is required.  

Transportation services have been added for two locations in the Defiance area. While no pre-registration for meals is required at any location, participants MUST pre-register for the transportation service to the Defiance sites.  Seats are limited and will be provided on a “first-come first-served” basis.  For more information, click here

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Heidi Keween at 419-784-5136 ext. 1110 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Bryan:
Mattie Marsh Park (Click for map)
410 E. Trevitt Street
Meals served from 11:45 to 12:30
Activity Time: 12:15 to 12:45
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June     July     August
Defiance:
Kingsbury Park (Click for map)
102 Auglaize Street
Meals served from 12:00 to 12:45
Activity Time: 12:30 to 1:00
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June     July     August
Defiance:
Latty's Grove Park (Click for map)
610 Williams Street
Meals served from 11:45 to 12:15
Activity Time: 12:00 to 12:30
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June     July     August
Defiance:
Hebron Ministries (Click for map)
1123 Ayersville Ave.
Meals served from 11:30 to 12:00
Activity Time: 12:00 to 12:30
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June     July     August
Defiance:
Diehl Park (Click for map)
909 Wemor Drive
Meals served from 12:00 to 12:45
Activity Time: 12:45 to 1:15
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June     July     August
Edgerton:
Edgerton Village Offices (Click for map)
324 N. Michigan Street
Meals served from 11:45 to 12:30
Activity Time:  12:15 to 1:00
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June     July     August
Napoleon:
St. Paul Lutheran Church (Click for map)
1075 Glenwood Avenue
Meals served from 12:00 to 1:00
Activity Time:  11:30 to 1:00
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June     July     August
Napoleon:
Napoleon Public Library (Click for map)
310 W. Clinton Street
Snacks served from 10:00 to 10:15 and
                                     3:00 to 3:15
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June     July     August
Paulding:
LaFountain Park (Click for map)
700 Lincoln Avenue
Meals served from 11:30 to 12:30
Activity Time:  12:00 to 12:45
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June     July     August
Pioneer:
Crommer Park (Click for map)
212 First Street
Meals served from 11:45 to 12:30
Activity Time:  12:15 to 12:45
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June     July     August
Wauseon:
Reighard Park
Potawatomi Shelter House (Click for map)
Off of East Oak Street
Meals served from 12:00 to 12:45
Activity Time: 12:45 to 1:15 (Additional
activities per Library Summer Schedule)
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June     July     August

Wauseon:
West Elm Apartments (Click for map)
840 W. Elm Building 1500
Meals served from 11:30 to 12:15
Activity Time:  11:00 to 11:30
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NOCAC is participating in the State Route 127 Sales this year.  The event is advertised as the World's Longest Yard Sale.  Stop in and grab a great bargain!

Come Check Out the IDA Program!

The IDA Program is joining forces with Together We Make A Difference Initiatives on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm to present enrollment information. Please join us at 722 N. Perry Street in Napoleon Ohio to discover how you can save money to purchase a home, expand your education or start a small business. We would love to see you there!

No registration is necessary. If you have questions, our IDA Coordinator Amy McMaster is eager to connect with you. Please reach out to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-784-5136 ext. 1122.  

 

Award for Excellence

NOCAC’s AmeriCorps VISTA member Tracey Backhaus was recently presented the ShareCorps Award for Excellence in Representing AmeriCorps at a meeting hosted by the Ohio Association of Food Banks in Columbus.

Read more: AmeriCorps Award

The Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission Head Start and Early Childhood Education programs are now recruiting preschool age children for the 2015-2016 school-year.  Our family oriented curriculum is created to promote school readiness for young children while our child friendly centers are designed to provide a positive learning environment.  Along with meeting the educational and socialization needs of preschool children, Head Start provides support to families as they work to achieve their goals.

Read more: School Readiness Begins With Preschool. . .

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Important Dates  

08/03/15 - Policy Council Meeting @ NSCC
08/13/15 - Board of Directors Meeting @ 6pm

09/07/15 - Offices Closed for Labor Day Holiday
09/10/15 - Board of Directors Meeting @ 6pm
09/14/15 - Policy Council Meeting @ NSCC

 

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How We Help...

 

Choices That Shouldn't Have To Be Made - My husband has experienced serious health problems over the last few years, If it weren’t for the HEAP program , we would have had to choose between electricity or medicine.  It’s one thing to get help; however, it’s another thing to  get help and not to be made to feel like a number or even more depressing and worthless.  NOCAC staff was warm and friendly when I needed it. Thanks! (Direct Client Quote)

You Made It Great - You have made this (Head Start) year wonderful for us and I couldn't tell you just how much you are appreciated.  You go above and beyond your duties with families. (Direct Client Quote)

Employees Who Care -  For those of us that find ourselves in a position of need, especially since I used to be able to just work and meet my own needs, it is hard to ask for help and also hard to be looked at as if somehow we are “less” because we are not able to provide for ourselves all of the time.    But at no time have I felt that way with anyone I have come across in the weatherization program so to simply say “THANK YOU” sounds so small compared to what I feel inside.  The crew will always be in my thoughts because to me they went above and beyond what was asked of them and they did it with such kindness!  (Direct Client Quote)

     
     
  455 $162,151
Henry 421 $185,269
Paulding 519 $210,803
Van Wert 452 $116,842
Williams 480 $184,014
Other 13 $4,366
TOTALS 3008 $1,059,952

2014 By the Numbers...

10,380 meals were served and 206 homeless individuals (149 households including 39 children) were provided shelter at the Richland Place/PATH Center

106 households received weatherization services through the Home Weatherization Assistance Program

1,017 households received free income tax preparation with the assistance of volunteer counselors from the Ohio Benefit Bank

490 children and their families were served in the Head Start program

15,502 nutritious lunches were served to 1,909 children through the Summer Food Service Program

30 individual Development Account enrollment slots were funded and 6 money management workshops were held

1,857 applications for assistance to needy households were processed in our 6 county service area

97 households were assisted through the Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-housing Program

9,458 utility payments (heating & cooling) were made to area vendors for households in our 6 county service area

29 households received energy efficiency measures that were funded by the Toledo Edison Community Connections Program

21 households received energy efficiency measures funded by the American Electric Power program

How We Help...

 

A Family's Support System - The Head Start Program gave me free education for my child.  We would be struggling to pay preschool tuition without the program.  Head Start has been such a god-send to our family.  We have been through a lot in our lives.  I had some bad family times and Head Start always helped me when needed.  They always understood my needs and my children’s.  The teachers are absolutely amazing and so supportive of the family.    We love and cherish the program and the effort behind it. (Direct Client Quote)

 

A Hand Up - I would be going without the basics of life without this program.  Maybe forced to use a payday advance system which would make matters worse.  I am middle aged with a disabled spouse.  I lost a full-time job of 28 years that paid $18/hour and now work a part-time minimum wage job.  The CAC has been a godsend to help us through the tough times of our lives. They have provided information and direction on outside resources.  The staff are professional and friendly.  They're a HAND UP not a HAND OUT.  Thank you for your services. (Direct Client Quote)

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission, Inc. (NOCAC) is one of 50 community action agencies in Ohio. NOCAC is a private, non-profit corporation organized in 1965, as part of the "War on Poverty" by a group of local citizens who became our first Board of Trustees. NOCAC'S function was then, and is now, to plan, develop, and coordinate programs and services designed to help predominantly low-income people in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert, and Williams counties become more self-sufficient. NOCAC provides services from several locations within our six county area.  A brief explanation of these services is available in this brochure.  To learn more about Community Action Agencies in Ohio, please click here.

NOCAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.