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’s Child Development program is asking for donations of "gently used" clothing for our families. 

The Head Start Center in Defiance is hosting a parent night for families that includes a “sharing the warmth” coat giving event.  We are asking for donations of coats, sizes infant to adult, that can be passed on to families in need. 

We are also in need of boys and girls clothing, sized 3T to 6, to be used to re-stock our clothing closet.  The clothing closet is housed in Williams County but is utilized by all counties in our service area where we have child development centers.  Items needed include long sleeved shirts, pants, and underwear.  For more information, or to donate, please contact Amber Simmons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 419-784-5136 ext. 1105.

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Discover how you can save money to purchase a home, expand your education or start a small business. We would love to help you meet one of these goals!

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.  


The Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission Head Start and Early Childhood Education programs are 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. . .

In 1965, NOCAC was incorporated as a non-profit social service organization designated to serve the citizens of Northwest Ohio. This year, we are proud to have reached our 50th year milestone.  We look forward to many more years of continued service to our community as we continue to guide families to become more successful and self-sufficient.

The Winter Crisis Program is a heating assistance program that may provide a one-time payment toward a utility and/or bulk fuel service for those who meet the program eligibility requirements.  The program begins November 1, 2015 and runs through March 31, 2016.  

Read more: Winter Crisis Program

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Important Dates  

11/26/15 - Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
11/27/15 - Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

12/07/15 - Policy Council Meeting @ NSCC
12/10/15 - Board of Directors Meeting @ 6 pm
12/24/15 - Offices Closed for Christmas Holiday
12/25/15 - Offices Closed for Christmas Holiday
12/31/15 - Offices Closed for New Year's Holiday

01/01/16 - Offices Closed for New Year's Holiday



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.