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 45 years.
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Join Us For Food & Fun This Summer

Fun activities and delicious healthy meals are included in this year's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  The program will begin on June 6th and end in August.  All sites will be closed on July 4th.

The program provides free nutritious meals for all area children ages 1-18.  There are no income requirements, no identification is needed and no pre-registration is necessary.  An adult should accompany children under 5 years old.  

The program is sponsored by NOCAC and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Education and United Way.

Please check the chart below for detailed information about the program in your neighborhood and plan to attend!  

Read more: 2016 Summer Food Program


Need Summer Child Care?


School will soon to be over for the year and many parents will find themselves in need of quality child care services.  NOCAC can help!  We operate the Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) program in Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams counties.  The program can assist eligible parents with child care costs and works to ensure that children stay safe.

Eligibility is based on gross income and family size.  Children must be under the age of 13 or under 18 if they have special needs.  Children must meet citizenship requirements.

Click here for more information or contact our office at 419-784-2150 and speak with our PFCC staff.





Interested in a no-cost preschool program for your child?  What if we tell you it includes free breakfast/lunch and snacks?  How about if we add the fact that you (and your family) are always welcome to join us in the classroom and at special kid-friendly events?  We even include networking for parents so everyone can share current information such as nutrition, literacy, safety, and behavior issues/emotion regulations.  Don’t let your child be left out – give them a “Head Start”!

The Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission Head Start and Early Childhood Education programs are recruiting preschool age children for the 2016-2017 school-year.

Read more: Head Start Enrollment

Tools for Financial Success

Did you know that April was Financial Literacy Month? It was created to stress the importance of teaching Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

NOCAC offers programs to help build financial literacy skills and obtain your goals. 

      *Getting Ahead in a Just Getting’ By World classes – use self-assessment tools to examine the effects of poverty and build skills using available resources to set and reach life goals
      *My Budget Coach programlearn to create and achieve financial goals using a personal budget plan
Individual Development Accounts programoffers working families the opportunity to establish long-term financial goals, save money and accumulate assets to enhance their standard of living

If you would like more information on any of these exciting programs, please call our office at 419-784-2150.  We would love to help you start getting ahead!

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!


"Our Caps Your Cause" is a campaign by Prairie Farms Dairy. Each dairy cap has a code that can be entered on the Prairie Farms Dairy website.  Every cap code entered will raise $0.05 for a non-profit agency.  

Hilaree Carlise, a NOCAC Pre-School parent, works for a local coffee house. She noticed that the milk they used, Prairie Farms, was advertising a fundraising initiative. She called NOCAC to see if she could raise money for something nice for the kids in the classroom. Her daughter Skielynn is currently enrolled in NOCAC’s Early Childhood Education at NOCAC’s Pulaski Head Start Center located on State Route 127 outside of Bryan. 

Read more: Prairie Farms Fundraiser

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Important Dates  

05/30/16 - Offices closed for Memorial Day holiday

06/09/16 - Board of Directors Meeting @ 6 pm



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.