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OIC of Clark County


"Helping Others Help Themselves"

Our Mission

OIC of Clark County will provide services designed to reduce poverty and to promote employment and education.

Our Vision

Providing hope, opportunities and skills for a better life.

Believe in Yourself...

Believe you can do anything anyone else can do, but you must Believe it...
You’re like a balloon... It’s Not Your Color that makes you Rise...but what you have Inside of You

-Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, Founder of OIC

Coronavirus Rent, Water & Sewer Assistance

OIC of Clark County can assistance with Rent, Water and Sewer payments that are past due. Click here for more information.

History of OIC of Clark County

OIC of Clark County (OIC) is a private, not-for-profit, community based organization with 501(c) 3 status. OIC of Clark County has been in business in the Springfield/ Clark County Community for nearly fifty (50) years. OIC was established locally in 1971 and is an affiliate of the National OIC’s of America which was founded by Reverend Leon H. Sullivan in Philadelphia in 1964.

For the past 29 years, OIC has been the designated Community Action Agency (CAA) for Clark County. CAA's are designated by the State of Ohio, Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance and are responsible for addressing the needs of the economically disadvantaged youth and adult populations in their community.

OIC's goal is to assist the disadvantaged residents of Clark County in transitioning from dependence to self-reliance by providing them with the hope, opportunities, and skills for a better life. Throughout its history, OIC has served as a beacon of hope by providing counseling, youth programing, vocational training, referral services, job placement assistance and emergency utility services to assist low-income Clark County residents in becoming self-sufficient.

OIC is committed to working with returning citizens and those individuals with criminal justice involvement through our various training and support programs.

OIC also seeks to proactively address the vicious cycles of poverty through our alternative high school by partnering with local schools and government agencies. Our collaborative efforts provide youth career awareness and readiness.

Through all of its programs and services, OIC serves over 5,000 low-income, disadvantaged Clark County residents annually assisting them in becoming more self-sufficient through personal, academic, vocational and occupational skill development.

Coronavirus Home Relief and  Utility Assistance Programs

OIC of Clark County can assistance with Rent, Water and Sewer payments that are past due. Click on View Program Details for more information.
Also, heating and cooling a home for a family on a fixed income can be difficult. OIC administers the Ohio Department of Development’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to help Clark County families with home energy costs.

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Are you a Returning Citizen or an Individual involved in the Criminal Justice System?

OIC's Opportunities for New Direction (OND) is here to help you with your future through training, counseling, resources and job opportunities.

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Training and Vocational Programs

Earning a credential or certificate will make you more employable and help you gain a higher starting rate. See if you qualify for one of our training or vocational programs.

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OIC's Alternative High School

The Learning Opportunities Center (LOC) is an Alternative High School, in operation since 2001 and operated by OIC of Clark County, providing a unique, individualized learning environment for those students who need to catch up on credits.

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Need Additional Information or Help?

Take this brief survey to help us understand your needs and an OIC representative will contact you: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q5GDRNP

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A Message From our Executive Director, Michael Calabrese:
The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has all of our attention. Please know OIC of Clark County is doing everything possible to keep our employees, clients, and community members, safe while delivering essential services.

What We are Doing :
We are monitoring and following all guidance from:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Mike DeWine's Reset and Restart Ohio as a guide for reopening to include taking the steps necessary to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to employees and clients. 

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POVERTY:  The Challenge, The Solution

THE CHALLENGE: The U.S. is one of the richest countries in the world, yet 43.1 million Americans live in poverty and 19.4 million live in "deep" poverty, which often persists across generations. Family members may remain unemployed or "stuck" in low wage jobs, lacking education and skills needed in an increasingly competitive job market.

For information on the State of Poverty in Ohio, visit:
State of Poverty in Ohio 2020 
State of Ohio 2020 Poverty Report pdf

For information on the impact of poverty visit:
The Impact of Poverty, Food Insecurity, and Poor Nutrition on Health and Well-Being

To see the Poverty Lifecycle and Poverty Facts visit:
Poverty Lifecycle


THE SOLUTION: OIC provides quality education and training services. We offer high quality skill development opportunities that enable economically disadvantaged and unemployed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled members of society.

2019-2020
Utility Assistance
Over 4,700 Individuals Helped

2019-2020
Trained/Received a Certificate
88 Individuals

2020-2021
Alternative High School
110 Students Enrolled

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920 W. Main St.
Springfield, OH
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