Phone (419) 784-5136 | Address: 1933 E 2nd Street Defiance, Ohio 43512

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission has a partnership with The Salvation Army that provides assistance in many ways. One of these is the Christmas Red Kettle Campaign.

Money raised from the Red Kettles goes towards services, such as:
* Preventing utility disconnection
* Homelessness prevention
* Sending local children to summer camp
* Providing Christmas meals

We are looking for volunteers to help ring the bell at our Bryan, Defiance and Paulding locations.  Opportunities to help with bell ringing are scheduled most days starting November 24th through December 23rd. Shifts start at 1 hour and go up from there.  If you would like to sign up or to get more information, please contact Jacki Teegarden at 419-784-2152, ext. 1121 or

2023 – 2024 Winter Crisis Program

Do you need help keeping your home warm this year?  The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Winter Crisis Program runs 11/1/23 through 3/31/24.

Eligible households may receive a one-time payment towards:

*Utility service that is currently off or in a disconnect status.
*A payment to establish new service.
*Bulk fuel delivery (propane, fuel oil, wood, coal).
*A onetime payment to assist with electric or natural gas utility bill ($175-$750 based on regulations)
*Up to $500 for furnace repairs.

Each household member will need to bring proof of income for the last 30 days; birthdates and social security numbers; proof of citizenship or legal residency; and proof of disability (if applicable).  When scheduling your appointment, you will need the most recent utility bills regardless of the account status.

Please note that utility companies will only allow one hold for disconnection notices and it cannot be extended.  A “no-show” to your scheduled appointment may result in your utilities being shut off.


Schedule Appointments Online or call our 24-hour appointment hotline at 1-419-219-4641.

PATH Center Services

NOCAC’s PATH Center is a soup kitchen/drop-in center that focuses on serving homeless persons, those with mental disabilities, or those who have food or nutritional needs – but all are welcome!  A hot nutritious meal is served each weekday between 12:00 and 1:00 pm.  Clients living within the Defiance city limits can get a ride to lunch but need to call by 10:00 am.

Our soup kitchen can always put donations to a good use. We are currently in need of new (or gently used) towels and canned goods that open with a pull-tab. Frequently needed items include: milk, eggs, cheese, spices, coffee, napkins, paper products, small bingo prizes and cleaning products. If you can help, please contact us at 419-782-6962.

And remember – please stop in at 1939 E. Second Street in Defiance to join us for a morning cup of coffee, a good lunch or just to enjoy the fellowship!  We can’t wait to see you!!

NOCAC Board of Trustees Meetings

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission is governed by a tripartite board made up of equal numbers of private sector, public sector and democratically-elected client sector representatives. The Governing Board members are responsible for policy, governance, and strategic oversight of NOCAC.

Upcoming Board Meetings are scheduled for the dates shown below.  All meetings start at 6:00 pm and are held at our Central Office located at 1933 E. Second, Defiance Ohio.  All meetings are open to the public.

January 12, 2023  (This meeting has been cancelled.)
February 9, 2023
March 9, 2023 (Annual Meeting – time and location may change)
April 13, 2023
May 11, 2023
June 8. 2023  (This meeting has been cancelled.)
July 13, 2023
August 10, 2023
September 14, 2023
October 12, 2023
November 9, 2023
December 14, 2023

Commodities Distribution

2023 Dates

Mark Your Calendars!!

The Richland Place/PATH Center, at 1939 E. Second Street in Defiance, will be distributing USDA food commodities on these dates in 2023.  Individuals and families that meet income eligibility residing in Defiance, Tinora or Ayersville school districts can receive commodities.  Drive-up distribution will take place at the PATH Center from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Questions?  Call us at (419) 782-6962.

January 11, 2023
February 8, 2023
March 8, 2023
April 5, 2023
May 3, 2023
June 7, 2023
July 12, 2023
August 9, 2023
September 13, 2023
October 4, 2023
November 8, 2023
December 6, 2023