Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It has been a challenging but rewarding year for Community Services Consortium, and we couldn't have done it without you.
Through your donations and support of events like the Barrel to Keg Relay and our American Winter screening, we can continue our mission to end poverty in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln County.
As we enter into the holiday season, we hope that you will include CSC in your giving plans. We are proud to announce the launch of our Giving Season Catalog, which makes it easy for you to give a gift in your name or on behalf of a loved one. Gifts to specific programs - housing, food & nutrition, and education - are available in a wide range of amounts.
www.communityservices.us) or a selection from the Giving Season catalog.
Thank you for your generosity and support in our fight to end poverty! Happy holidays from all of us here at Community Services Consortium!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|Patty, Paul and Dina help a visitor at Resource Connect|
Patty Wachs, Paul Barnes, and Dina Eldridge were on hand to spread information about CSC's housing programs, including the new Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, which helps veterans that are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
For more information, you can read the story about the event in the Corvallis Gazette-Times: http://bit.ly/1iQUf16. For information about the SSVF program, contact Paul Barnes at email@example.com. For information about CSC's Housing program, contact Dina Eldridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 18, 2013
- How to be a Good Tenant
- Energy Education
- Landlord/Tenant Issues
- Goal Setting
- Conflict Resolution
- Basic Budgeting
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Cindy Pratt-DeMarzo at 541-758-2632 or visit the Second Chance Program website.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Food drive brings holiday cheer to needy families - Corvallis Gazette-Times, November 26, 2013
CSC Participates in #GivingTuesday - #GivingTuesday web site, November 20, 2013
Sign up now for holiday food boxes - Corvallis Gazette Times, November 19, 2013
Benton County Holiday Food Drive - KEZI, November 19, 2013
Homeless services 'abundant' in Albany - Albany Democrat Herald, November 7, 2013
Mid-Valley Halloween Happenings (Linn Benton Food Share) - Albany Democrat Herald, October 28, 2013
Reading to children at Head Start - Lincoln Courier, October 25, 2013
Vets support services now available in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties - The News Guard, October 24, 2013
First Story, CSC Youthbuild team up to help Albany family - Albany Democrat-Herald, October 18, 2013
Kids may not get 'Head Start' if government shutdown continues - KATU, October 4, 2013
Film "American Winter" Shows Oregon's Poverty - Corvallis Gazette-Times, October 2, 2013
Government shutdown: Head Start programs in Lincoln County in jeopardy if closure persists - The Oregonian, October 1, 2013
American Winter movie, forum Thursday - Albany Democrat Herald, October 1, 2013
Federal shutdown affects local services for the poor - Albany Democrat-Herald, October 1, 2013
CSC Hosts Documentary Highlighting Oregon Poverty: American Winter Screens at LaSells Thursday, Oct. 3 - Corvallis Advocate, September 26, 2013
Ewanchyna family rises to the occasion in final charity bake sale (Linn Benton Food Share) - Corvallis Gazette Times, September 15, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Written by Suzanne Miller, Head Start Director
Not only does Head Start educate and care for children’s well-being and support their families, they also have fun! This Halloween was no exception. The Head Start teachers and children dressed up in a variety of wondrous costumes. With a dedicated staff and a great curriculum with measurable outcomes, Head Start continues to be the gold standard in pre-school education. In Lincoln County, we are proud to be a shining example of the best that early childhood education and social services can offer. Our partners within CSC and throughout the community make our services invaluable to our most at risk children and families. With the ongoing scepter of federal cuts looming, it continues to be important to have the assistance of friends who can contribute their time and money to help sustain this program. If you would like to talk about the current needs, make a long-term contribution, or would like a personal tour of our facilities, please contact Dr. Suzanne Miller, Director, at 541-996-3028, ext. 272.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
CSC hopes to enroll 50 veteran families in this program in the next 12 months. CSC’s newest Housing Case Manager, Paul Barnes, is already connecting with local shelters and VA representatives to publicize the program’s availability. SSVF is an exciting addition to the rental assistance services currently offered by CSC, and we look forward to serving those who have served our country so selflessly.
For more information on eligibility for this program, contact Paul Barnes at 541-704-7648 or email@example.com.
Monday, October 14, 2013
National Book Award winner Barry Lopez will emcee, and the event will include readings from other authors as well as music, a silent auction, free hors d’oeuvres, sweets and wine.
Admission is a suggested donation of $9 at the door, but listeners are encouraged to give what they can. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will go to Linn Benton Food Share to fight hunger in the Corvallis and Albany community.
The event will take place at the historic Whiteside Theatre, a 1920s Italian Renaissance movie palace in downtown Corvallis under restoration. The music begins at 6:30pm, with readings beginning at 7pm.
For more information, click here.
Friday, October 11, 2013
To qualify for the First Story home, Sifuentez went through a comprehensive interview and assessment process and was required to meet certain income guidelines. Sifuentez will purchase the home through a zero down payment and a zero interest 30-year home loan from First Story.
“First Story has done more for me and my family than give us a roof over our heads. First Story has restored my sense of dignity and my confidence that hard work and perseverance do make a difference,” said Sifuentez.
“We have an amazing opportunity to change the lives of these young people while changing the future for Luppela and her daughters,” said First Story Founder and CEO of Hayden Homes, Hayden Watson. “Hayden Homes remains focused on helping First Story get families like the Sifuentez in safe, stable affordable homes.”
DATE: Thursday, October 17, 2013
TIME: 11:30am to 1:00pm
LOCATION: 2035 Lehigh Way, Albany, OR 97322
ADDITIONAL: Photo opportunities will be available on site
About First Story
In 1998, builder Hayden Homes had a vision: to change lives through home ownership. That vision developed into First Story, a 501(c)(3) public non-profit, which is celebrating 15 years of service in 2013. First Story has served over 10,000 families though home construction, homeownership opportunities and community giving. Its mission is to promote giving and inspire communities through the creation of home ownership opportunities and financial support. For more information visit: www.FirstStory.org
Community Services Consortium (CSC) YouthBuild is a comprehensive program designed to provide apprentice-like opportunities for at-risk young adults ages 16 to 24 years old. Learning takes place in both the classroom, where students earn their high school diplomas or GEDs, and in the field, where students gain construction skills and work experience. CSC YouthBuild is a six-month to two-year youth development program.
About Hayden Homes
Hayden Homes has been building homes and communities throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than two decades. Its vision is to provide the highest quality home for the lowest possible cost. The company is among the top 50 builders in the nation with communities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The documentary, produced and directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, follows the personal stories of eight Oregon families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Working together with the nonprofit organization 211info in Portland, the filmmakers were given full access to monitor and record calls from distressed families who were calling 211’s emergency hotline in search of help. They then began following the stories of some of these callers in more depth over several months.
CSC program displays were located throughout the lobby, with representatives educating attendees about the work CSC does in the areas of food and nutrition, housing, education, jobs and finances. The CSC Youth Garden even had a full display of jams, jellies, salsa, and sauces for sale.
Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker kicked off the screening. CSC Executive Director Martha Lyon led the panel after the film, which also included OSU Sociology Professor Mark Edwards, Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning, and 211 Agency Relations Coordinator Emily Berndt.
Many thanks to the generous local businesses that donated snacks and a coffee service for the event, including Starbucks, Safeway, Trader Joe's, Stoker's VitaWorld, and Odwalla. A special thank you to the LaSells Stewart Center staff (especially Deb Weitzman) for helping us to plan the event and donating the space!
Community Services Consortium (CSC) is a state-designated Community Action Agency serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties with housing, nutrition, economic stability, and educational assistance programs since 1980.
To support this project or any of CSC’s poverty-fighting programs and services, visit our website at www.communityservices.us. Donations may be made through our website or mailed to our main office: Community Services Consortium, 245 Broadalbin Street, Suite 2A, Albany, OR 97321.
For more CSC news, visit our blog at http://communityservicesblog.blogspot.com.
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