A Brief History of NOCAC

  • Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission is one of 50 Community Action Agencies in Ohio.  NOCAC provides services in Henry, Defiance, Fulton, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams counties to predominantly low-income residents.
  • A Community Action Agency is a locally controlled private non-profit organization whose purpose is to reduce poverty and to help low-income people become self-sufficient.  NOCAC was incorporated in 1965.  Most of our funding for programs comes from Federal and State grants.  Our budget is over $12 million per year.
  • Community Action Agencies were founded under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 during Lyndon Johnson's administration as part of the "War on Poverty".
  • NOCAC has a 20 member board made up of low-income representatives, county commissioners, and private sector representatives from the 6 county area.
  • NOCAC provides many different services that have been developed based on local needs.  Services can be directly provided by NOCAC or provided through collaborative efforts with other community partners.