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

2023 Getting Ahead Classes

New “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World” workshops will be starting in January in Paulding, Fulton, and Williams Counties!

Getting Ahead is a course that uses kitchen table talk to explore and overcome the challenges facing limited income families. Participants investigate their own lives to connect to the community and build resources.

Paulding County
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 1:00
The Rock
104 South Main Street
Payne Ohio
Start Date: January 10th, 2023

Fulton County
Wednesdays, 11:30 – 2:30
Delta Public Library
402 Main Street
Delta, Ohio
Start Date: January 11th, 2023

Williams County
Thursdays, 10:00 – 1:00
HOPE Community Center
223 West Washington Street
Montpelier, OH
Start Date: January 12, 2023

Call 419-990-5136 to learn more!

2022 – 2023 Winter Crisis Program

Do you need help keeping your home warm this year?  The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Winter Crisis Program runs 11/1/22 through 3/31/23.

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).
*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.

Apple Crunch Day!

The 2022 Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch is set for Thursday, October 13, 2022 at noon.  NOCAC is happy to participate in this project as it educates families about healthy eating while promoting locally grown food sources.

Schools, hospitals, colleges and many other organizations plan to celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally grown apples.  The program’s goal is 1.2 MILLION crunches this year!!  Anyone across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and OHIO is invited to participate.

Sign up and join us!  You can share photos on social media

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.

June 9, 2022
July 14, 2022
August 11, 2022
September 8, 2022
October 13, 2022
November 10, 2022
December 8, 2022
January 12,2022

NOCAC Service Updates Due To Coronavirus


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Click below to view information regarding Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance for those who have been affected by COVID-19.

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Our Head Start program continues to operate during COVID and is accepting applications for the 2022 – 2023 school year.  To apply for enrollment please click on the appropriate link (below) and complete the form.

Head Start Application – English

Head Start Application – Spanish

Pre-School Applications Now Being Accepted

The NOCAC Child Development program is now accepting applications for the 2022 – 2023 Head Start home-based and preschool programs.

Head Start is a FREE comprehensive program that helps pregnant women, and children aged newborn to 5, from low-income families. Our program provides education, health, social and other services to income eligible persons in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties.  Did you know that if you receive SNAP benefits you automatically qualify?

For more information, please call us at 419-784-5136.