In March, Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC), with the support of local businesses, caterers and partner organizations, hosted the 2015 Hunger Banquet in Williams County. This banquet was not your typical fundraising event but instead, it was an experience to remember. As guests arrived, they were greeted by individuals holding cardboard signs—not signs that directed them to the venue or the parking lot, but signs that said, “homeless veteran,” “will work for…” and “I used to be someone you could talk to.” A family of four stood next to their truck, with two young teenagers huddled in blankets watching their parents politely ask nearly 200 guests if they could spare some change. Some offered help, though many did not.
“My husband always took care of everything for me. I didn't know about insurance or that we didn't have any…”
“I worked long hours driving a truck... I fell asleep at the wheel… (sobbing)… I didn't mean to hurt anyone; I just wanted to provide for my family.”
“I invested everything in that company. Then came the depression… then the addiction… I lost everything I had ever worked for…”
Note: This article was written by OACAA's Communications Director Kathryn Clausen and was reprinted from OACAA's blog. Kathryn has over a decade of nonprofit experience with nearly six years spent directly in the Community Action Network. She manages OACAA’s public relations efforts, member newsletter, webs.
Join Us For Food & Fun This Summer
Fun activities and delicious healthy meals are included in the plans for this year's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program will run June 8th through August 13th in Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Paulding Counties and June 9th through August 13th in Williams County.
The SFSP provides free, nutritious meals for all area children ages 1-18 or to age 21 with an IEP. NOCAC is sponsoring thirteen locations this year: Bryan, Defiance (5), Edgerton, Napoleon (2), Paulding, Pioneer, and Wauseon (2).
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 Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission Head Start and Early Childhood Education programs are now 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.
The NOCAC Child Development program recently hosted Spring Family Fun Night for students and their families. Four events were held: Defiance & Paulding Counties, Fulton County, Henry County and Williams County.
The Parent Information Expo portion of the event focuses on providing parents with innovative ideas that help build communication skills, promote health and wellness, and fosters cooperation between the parents, family members, and Child Development staff. The program also includes family oriented fun activities designed to stimulate students’ educational growth in their homes.