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

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 11, 2024
February 8, 2024
March 14, 2024 (Annual Meeting – time and location TBD)
April 11, 2024
May 9, 2024
June 13. 2024
July 11, 2024
August 8, 2024
September 12, 2024
October 10, 2024
November 14, 2024
December 12, 2024

Child Care Providers Needed

The NOCAC Publicly Funded Childcare Program, funded through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, assists eligible families from Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Van Wert, or Williams counties in locating and/or paying for childcare for their children ages birth to 13 years of age.

We currently have a waiting list for parents who need good, quality care for their children.  Without childcare, they cannot keep their jobs or attend classes.

Are you interested in becoming a childcare provider?  We would love to give you more information!  A licensed provider has access to the support of knowledgeable specialists who can help you grow your business for families who are looking for a safe, loving environment for their children.  Families who have been determined eligible have been assessed a small co-pay.  The remainder of your weekly pay would be direct deposited from the State of Ohio.

Give us a call at 419-784-2150, x 1102.  Or, click here! 

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!!

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

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.