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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 Another Successful Year! 

Fun activities and free delicious healthy meals were included in this year's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  The program, sponsored by NOCAC and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Education and United Way, began in June and ended in August for all sites except Bryan. Due to a delayed start date for Bryan City Schools, services at Bryan have been extended until 9/9/16

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Dates Lunch


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Mattie Marsh Park
410 E. Trevitt St.
Bryan, OH
June 6 - September 9 11:45 - 12:30 11:45 - 12:30



NOCAC would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped with the SFSP this year! This summer we had a total of 14 sites throughout Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties.  Over the 10 week period, a total of 2,612 children received 15,287 healthy lunches and 770 meals were distributed to 71 families through the Governor's new Summer Weekend Meals Program that began this summer! This was done with the help of 967 community volunteers who gave 3,206 hours of their time and talent assisting with serving meals or providing activities for the children to participate in. None of this would have been possible without the support of those in the communities we serve. Thank you for another great year of the Summer Food Service Program! 


Last spring, Head Start students helped create a pumpkin patch at our Pulaski site. Students had a short lesson that discussed how a pumpkin grows, what it needs to grow, the variety of pumpkins available and how long it takes a pumpkin to mature. The students helped dig, measure, plant and mark our pumpkin patch.  There are several plants growing and we hope to have a full pumpkin patch in the fall when the students return!!

Read more: Planning for Fall Harvest





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


Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission will accept applications for the HEAP Summer Crisis program starting July 1, 2016 and will continue through August 31, 2016.  The program will offer a one-time payment of an electric bill and/or air conditioner and/or central air unit repair up to the maximum benefit amount set by the guidelines. 

To be eligible, the household must be within 175% of the federal poverty guidelines ($42,525 annual income for a family of four) and meet one of the qualifications below. 

Read more: Summer HEAP Program

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Important Dates  

09/05/16 - Offices Closed for Holiday
09/07/16 &
09/08/16 - Child Dev. Classes Start
09/08/16 - Board of Directors Meeting
09/12/16 - Policy Council Meeting @ NSCC

10/03/16 - Policy Council Meeting @ NSCC
10/10/16 - Offices Closed for Holiday
10/13/16 - Board of Directors Meeting



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.