Community Services Consortium

Serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties in Oregon. Helping people. Changing lives.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CSC's Denise Downer Honored as Lebanon Woman of the Year

CSC Principal Youth Advisor Denise Downer was recently honored in Lebanon at the Distinguished Services Awards as the Woman of the Year. We are so grateful to have Denise as part of CSC team! She is a tireless advocate for youth, and we are so happy she is receiving some richly deserved recognition. Congratulations Denise!

To read more, click here to access the Albany Democrat-Herald story.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Barrel to Keg Relay Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the 6th annual Barrel to Keg Relay – Race to End Poverty on July 16, 2016. Presented by the Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath (the Barrel) and Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport’s South Beach (the Keg), the Barrel to Keg Relay is a benefit for Community Services Consortium (CSC) to raise money for CSC’s mission to end poverty in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

The race starts in Philomath at the Harris Bridge Vineyard, winds through the beautiful backcountry of the Oregon Coast Range, crosses the scenic Yaquina Bay Bridge, and ends at the Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport with carousing and live music at the Finish Line Party.

Barrel to Keg Relay veteran Jeff Jones, who flew in last year from Georgia to make his first solo, 69-mile run of the course, said, “First you run Barrel to Keg in a 6-person team, and then you want more time on the road. So you run a 4-person team, then you run a 2-person, and finally, you just have to do the whole shebang.”

 “Scenery and variety is second to none on Barrel to Keg. I’ve ran them all, and while Cascade Lakes is a close second, nothing stands up to Barrel to Keg. You want time in your trail shoes - done deal; you want time on the road, say when. You start hot in the valley and finish cool on the coast – really, what more could you ask for? Combine this experience with a finish of great wine and/or fantastic beer and there is a little something for everyone.” said Jones.

The proceeds from the race have a real impact on our community. The money raised helps people in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties to keep the lights on, put a roof over their heads, and put food on the table. Last year, our Linn Benton Food Share program distributed 5.2 million pounds of food in the community.

The proceeds also provide an education to children through our Head Start program in Lincoln County, and helps youth and adults get back to work so they can succeed in careers and life through programs like YouthBuild, the CSC Youth Garden, and our Natural Resource Conservation Crews.

There are several ways to get involved. Runners and walkers may form teams of up to seven people and can register online at www.barreltokeg.com. Most creative team names, costumes, and best-dressed vehicles will receive special honors, as well as those that raise the most money for CSC. It’s all about the fun!

You don’t have to run or walk to participate - anyone interested in being a race official or event volunteer, please contact Dee Teem at dteem@communityservices.us or call 541-574-2277.

We also welcome individuals and businesses who would like to join our fabulous list of sponsors for the Barrel to Keg Relay event. If you would like to support the work of CSC’s poverty-fighting programs, see our Sponsorship opportunities at http://communityservices.us/barrel-to-keg/detail/category/become-a-sponsor. Grab a friend or family member, lace up those running shoes, and support CSC’s efforts in the region!

For more information, find the race on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BTK.relay or visit the website at www.barreltokeg.com.

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 event 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.

CSC YouthBuild Crew Hard at Work

Our CSC YouthBuild crew has been busy this spring! Here's a look at a beautiful produce stand that they designed and built for Trillium Children's Farm Home. Great work YouthBuild crew!



Friday, March 25, 2016

Enroll Now at CSC Lincoln County Head Start for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Lincoln County, OR….CSC Lincoln County Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year at their Newport, Toledo, and Lincoln City locations. Apply now to increase your child’s likelihood of enrollment – spots are filling quickly!

Head Start provides a free preschool education to children ages three to five years old. Head Start will be moving to a full day/full year program, the date to be determined.

Applications are accepted in-person at each site Tuesday through Friday (Lincoln City – Monday through Friday). To apply, you will need to bring proof of income (pay stubs, W-2 forms, unemployment summary, record of child support payments, or a letter from your employer) and proof of immunizations.

Below are the CSC Lincoln County Head Start locations and contact information:

Newport Head Start
253 NE 1st Street
Newport, OR 97365
541-574-7690

Toledo Head Start
845 NW “A” Street
Toledo, OR 97391
541-336-5113

Lincoln City Head Start
2130 SE Lee Street
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541-996-3028

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Go Shopping and Help Change Lives in Your Community!

Did you know you can help CSC just by shopping with your Fred Meyer rewards card? By signing up with the Community Rewards program, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you can help CSC earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.

Here’s how the program works:


  1. Go to http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards to link Community Rewards to your Fred Meyer rewards card.
  2. You can search for Community Services Consortium, Linn Benton Food Share, or Head Start of Lincoln County by name or by their non-profit numbers:
  • Community Services Consortium: 87210
  • Head Start: 89698
  • Linn Benton Food Share: 80781


If you do not have a Fred Meyer rewards card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store. For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

To donate to CSC, visit our donation page here. To donate by mail, please send your donation to CSC, 250 Broadalbin Street, #2A, Albany, OR, 97321.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Upcoming Second Chance Classes in April

“Second Chance” is for those who are having difficulty finding stable housing because of bad credit or a poor rental history. Even if things are better now, it can be hard to get away from a past eviction or because of property damage that you couldn’t fix.

Consisting of six classes taught by qualified instructors from the community, Second Chance gives you the opportunity to learn about landlord-tenant issues, conflict resolution, energy education, money management, goal setting, and the characteristics of a good tenant.

This education program prepares you for the responsibilities of renting and gives you the skills necessary to be the kind of tenant your landlord will hate to lose!

Second Chance prepares you to approach landlords with confidence and encourages landlords to view prospective tenants with a more open mind.

Topics covered include How to be a Good Tenant, Landlord/Tenant Issues, Energy Education, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, and Basic Budgeting. Those who successfully complete all six sessions of the class will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Letter of Recommendation to attach to future rental applications.

Pre-registration is required. The deadline is Monday, March 21st.

To register, or for more information about Second Chance, visit http://communityservices.us/housing/second-chance-renters-program/ or contact Cindy Pratt-DeMarzo at 541-758-2632 for Linn and Benton counties, and Kacy Jensen at 541-574-2281 in Lincoln County.

UPCOMING SECOND CHANCE CLASSES: CORVALLIS

Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at Community Outreach, Inc. building at in 865 NW Reiman in Corvallis. Registration deadline is Monday, March 21st.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hendrix Heating Shares Warm Generosity with Community

Thanks to long-time CSC Weatherization program partner Hendrix Heating, winter will be much warmer for a few local low-income households.

Hendrix Heating owners Carla & Roger Kaminga contacted CSC Housing Finance Specialist Kathy Stroud to ask for the names of some low-income households that were on the waiting list for furnace replacements. After identifying and getting permission from clients that were living with no heat source, Hendrix Heating then contacted the families and gave them the gift of heat - new furnaces or heat pumps.

"Over the years we've been serving CSC clients, we've seen so many folks that are in such need, and due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, they've had to wait a long time just to get a consistent source of heat in their home. Roger and I truly believe that God has placed us in the position we're in and it's our responsibility to try to manage what He's given us in a way that honors Him and blesses others whenever possible." said Carla.

"We found ourselves in the position to be able do a little extra this year and were glad that CSC was able to give us a list of people that needed help. It is such a blessing to be able to share with someone that we're going to come out and help them get heat in their home (maybe for the first time in
months) for FREE! All of the people we were able to help were so sweet. After the initial shock, there were tears, thank you cards, prayers, baked goods, and promises to "pay it forward". In the end smiles all around both on their end and ours. Good stuff!" said Carla.

CSC is so thankful to have such kind, generous partners like Hendrix Heating. Thank you for your amazing generosity!

HP Helps Make the Holidays Bright for Local Families

For the second year in a row, the HP Women's Network worked with CSC to make the holidays bright for local families in need.

The HP Women's Network received Christmas with lists for eight families - two more families than last year - in CSC's transitional and supportive housing programs. HP held a Christmas drive with their employees, and provided Christmas trees, decorations, dinner, and gifts to each family, which included 22 children. They delivered everything directly to the families' homes.

"They were all happily surprised that there were gifts for both the kids and the adults, including HP laptops! The families have said that the laptops were so helpful for them to do job searches, and they are now also able to do online schooling." said April Hein, CSC Housing Case Manager.

A huge thank you to HP, whose continued support to end poverty in our community makes them a local hero!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

CSC Recruiting New Community Action Advisory Council Members

Albany, OR….Helping people. Changing lives. Would you like to address issues related to poverty in your community? Community Services Consortium (CSC) is looking for new members to join our Community Action Advisory Council (CAAC) serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties.

The CAAC provides input to the CSC Governing Board and staff on key policy issues, assessment of CSC programs, and serves as a knowledgeable advocate for the agency and its programs and services in the areas of food and nutrition, education, economic stability and housing.

The time commitment is approximately 20-30 hours per year. There are four 2-3 hour meetings, plus one training session and voluntary agency events.

The application deadline is Friday, February 19, 2016. For more information about the council or to apply, please contact Linda Swaney at lswaney@communityservices.us or at 541-704-7643.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Apply Now for Head Start!

Lincoln County, OR…. “It is not too late to be sure that your child is prepared for kindergarten.” says Head Start Director Dr. Suzanne Miller. Head Start has a rolling enrollment process that continues until mid-March. Head Start has added a classroom in Toledo, and it is important for residents in or near Toledo to know that there is a good chance your child could be enrolled for the remainder of the year. Head Start sites in Lincoln City and in Newport are still enrolling children as well.

Remember that Head Start is considered the gold standard for early childhood education, as the full services include health and social emotional supports, dental, hearing, and vision screenings, and family engagement in the education process. You cannot begin your child’s education too early, especially at Head Start where the “whole child” is cared for in a loving and supportive environment.

Call any of our sites for more information. Below are the CSC Lincoln County Head Start locations and contact information:

Newport Head Start
253 NE 1st Street
Newport, OR 97365
541-574-7690

Toledo Head Start
845 NW “A” Street
Toledo, OR 97391
541-336-5113

Lincoln City Head Start
2130 SE Lee Street
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541-996-3028

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Event to Assist Homeless Veterans in Linn and Benton County

The first Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in the Linn and Benton County area will be held Thursday, November 12, 2015 at The River Center, 3000 South Santiam Highway, Lebanon, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The event will focus on helping homeless veterans in our area connect with the necessary services that are available here. Donations of clothing, food, and hygiene items are being coordinated by our local community action agency, Community Services Consortium.

Health screenings, Social Security benefits counseling, and dental services will also be provided. Veterans can also receive referrals to health care providers, health insurance, housing solutions, employment, substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling.

Transportation will be available to veterans who need a ride to the event. Shuttle service will leave Two Rivers Market, 250 Broadalbin Street SW, Albany, every two hours starting at 8:00 a.m. Corvallis and Benton County veterans can get bus passes from Community Outreach Inc., 865 NW Reiman Avenue, Corvallis. In Sweet Home, veterans should meet at the VFW, 580 Main Street, for pick-up and drop-off.

Volunteers are needed to help with food preparation and service, to be greeters, and to provide a friendly face to aid the veteran with a personal level of care. If you would like to volunteer, or make a donation of food, clothing, hygiene items, or money, please contact CSC, 250 SW Broadalbin Street SW, Suite 2A, Albany, Oregon 97321, or call 541-928-6335 and ask for Sarah Hilton.

Stand downs are collaborative events that provide basic necessities and services to veterans. Stand downs are collaborative events, coordinated among local veteran support organizations, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers. This Stand Down is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Labor, Willamette Chapter 17 of Disabled American Veterans, Inc., local support agencies like Community Services Consortium, and concerned citizens.

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 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.


A Community Conversation: Race, Inclusion, and Making Community Action Available to Everyone

Please join Community Services Consortium (CSC) for a presentation by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon about the history of discrimination in Oregon, followed by light refreshments and a discussion about race, inclusion, and how CSC can make our wide variety of poverty-fighting services available to everyone available to everyone.

The event takes place on November 19, 2015 from 9am-12pm at the Community Services Consortium building, located at 120 NE Avery St. in Newport on the First Floor - Hylan Room. To RSVP, call or e-mail Pegge McGuire at 541-704-7627 or pmcguire@communityservices.us.

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 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.

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These communications tools can be used to make announcements, acknowledge donors and volunteers, post videos and slideshows–whatever we want to share with our online community.

There are 3 ways to deliver info to stakeholders:

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