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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 50 years.
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NOCAC News

24 Hour Appointment Hotline

1-844-493-1193

In order to better serve the needs of our clients, and to give them the individual attention they deserve, NOCAC has implemented a new system for scheduling appointments for emergency assistance.  To schedule an appointment for HEAP, PIPP, utility assistance, rental assistance, or other emergency needs, please call our new appointment hotline.

The number is accessible 24 hours a day - seven days a week.  Callers can choose to schedule an appointment at the NOCAC Community Service Office that is most convenient for them.  Customers will need their social security number and their utility account number when scheduling the appointment.  This number will be in use for all clients we serve in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams counties.

Bryan Community Health Center (BCHC) recently provided dental services for children enrolled in our Head Start/ECE programs throughout the five county area.  

Dr. Sasha Davisson provided the on-site preventative dental exams.  BCHC is a federally funded health center that provides comprehensive services to families and children of all incomes in northwest Ohio.  Thanks to our partnership,  hardworking staff from BCHC and NOCAC were able to provide dental services to 141 children during the months of October and November.

USDA Food Commodities Available - 12/07/2016

The Richland Place/PATH Center at 1933 E. Second Street in Defiance will be distributing USDA food commodities on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  Individuals and families that meet income eligibility residing in Defiance, Tinora or Ayersville school districts can receive commodities.  Distribution will take place at the PATH Center from 9 am to 1 pm.  Food to be distributed is: cranberry juice concentrate, tomato juice, canned corn, canned potatoes, canned applesauce, canned cranberry sauce, canned spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, whole grain spaghetti noodles, potato flakes, Toasty O's, shelf stable milk, fresh eggs, frozen cherries, frozen OJ juice boxes, and frozen chicken leg quarters.

For more information, please call Susan Cheeseman at 419-782-6962.

 

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, 2016 and runs through March 31, 2017.  

In order to qualify for the program, an applicant must have:

        **AND**

  • have a disconnect notice or notice that service has been terminated
  • a new utility connection

        **OR**

 NEED HELP FILING YOUR TAXES THIS YEAR??
You are looking in the right place!

NOCAC trained counselors utilizing the Ohio Benefit Bank Program can help community members prepare and file federal, state (Ohio only), and school tax returns.  This is a FREE service but is only available with a scheduled appointment. Tax clinics are scheduled between 1/31/17 and 4/15/17 at locations detailed on this calendar.

Interested?  You must meet these three basic conditions:

  • Annual income must be under $65,000
  • Basic returns only (example: no farm or rental income; no capital gains; no sale of stocks)
  • Must be a United States Citizen

Other situations may prevent us from helping to prepare your tax returns.  To view the list of exclusions, click here.  

Ready for Help Filing Your Taxes?  Just click on the option below that applies to you.  

Read more: Ohio Benefit Bank Taxes

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Important Dates  


12/05/16 - Policy Council
12/07/16 - Commodities
12/08/16 - Board of Directors
12/12/16 - Offices Closed
12/23/16 - Offices Closed
12/26/16 - Offices Closed
12/30/16 - Offices Closed

01/02/17 - Offices Closed

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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

2015 By the Numbers...

10,920 meals were served and 190 homeless individuals (154 households including 25 children) were provided shelter at the Richland Place/PATH Center

114 households received weatherization services through the Home Weatherization Assistance Program

1,100 households received free income tax preparation with the assistance of 17 volunteer counselors from the Ohio Benefit Bank

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

17,110 nutritious lunches were served to 2,384 children through the Summer Food Service Program

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

5,506 applications for assistance were processed providing a one-time benefi for heating costs

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

2,934 utility payments (heating & cooling) were made to area vendors for households in our 6 county service area

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

26 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.