Community Services Consortium

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Oregonians Have Until April 30 to Apply for Private Health Insurance

Oregonians now have an additional month to apply for private health insurance. The new deadline to apply is April 30. This gives people who have not yet applied for insurance through Cover Oregon more time. More time to apply. More time to find out what financial assistance they may qualify for. More time to get covered.

As of April 3, there have been more than 200,000 enrollments through Cover Oregon. And right now, certified Cover Oregon partner organizations, like Community Services Consortium (CSC), are working hard to spread the word and help individuals and families get the health insurance they need.

Right now, CSC can help Oregonians apply and enroll in health insurance free of charge. Partners and agents can enroll people online, and oftentimes in one meeting, making the process faster and easier than before. Individuals and families in Lincoln County can make an appointment with CSC today.

Please contact:

Aracelly Guevara
Health Program Coordinator
Certified Assister for Cover Oregon
120 NE Avery Street, Newport Oregon 97365 (2nd Floor)

Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Spanish available.

Oregon's extended application period is targeted to people purchasing private health insurance coverage either through Cover Oregon or directly from an insurance carrier. People who purchase through Cover Oregon can access tax credits and other financial assistance. Oregonians who are eligible for the Oregon Health Plan or Healthy Kids can apply for coverage year round.

Visit for more information about the extended application period.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Workforce Investment Act Scholarships Available

Scholarships made possible through CSC are now available to eligible dislocated workers. Those pursuing programs of study leading to employment in the health care sector are highly encouraged to apply. For more information, view the questionnaire and scholarship description here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

More Time to Apply for Cover Oregon

Oregonians now have an additional month to apply for private health insurance. The new deadline to apply is April 30. This will give people who have not yet applied for coverage through Cover Oregon more time.

There have been more than 175,000 enrollments through Cover Oregon so far. Now with the extended application period, even more Oregonians can get the coverage they need.

More information about the extended application period is available at

CSC is a certified Cover Oregon partner in Lincoln County. If you need help applying for health insurance, contact:

Aracelly Guevara
Health Program Coordinator
Certified Assister for Cover Oregon
120 NE Avery Street, Newport Oregon 97365 (2nd Floor)

Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Spanish available.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CSC Newport Head Start Participates in 3rd Annual Literacy Night

CSC Head Start in Newport is excited for this year’s Newport Rotary Club Literacy Night on April 30 at the Newport Public Library. This year’s event marks the third year that Head Start has participated in the well-attended community event.

Literacy Night is sponsored by the Newport Rotary Club for Newport Head Start children and families. In collaboration with the Newport Public Library and CSC Head Start, the event promotes literacy and library use.

The evening includes a tour of the library, children’s story time, library cards for families who apply, dinner, and art activities. Rotarians prepare and supply the meal for the evening, and act as tour guides. The Rotary club even purchases a children’s book for each of the Newport Head Start families.

This year, the Rotary is including Cubby Preschool children and families from Newport High School.

Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall
reads to Head Start students

Newport Head Start teachers all attend and participate in activities with their families. Head Start Teaching Assistant Cecilia Aguero volunteers year-round at the library for children’s story time, reading stories in Spanish with supervising and children’s librarian Rebecca Cohen. Cecilia and Rebecca will do children’s story time for the Literacy Night event.

Rebecca also comes to Head Start once a month and reads to children. Lincoln City children’s librarian Teena Nelson also reads monthly in the Lincoln City Head Start classrooms. Toledo Head Start is fortunate to have Toledo Public Library right across the street, and classes take walking field trips to hear story time in the library. CSC Head Start treasures its local libraries and wonderful librarians.

Rebecca and Director Ted Smith are instrumental library staff members in hosting and participating in the event.

Rotarian Dick Fowler created and printed a brochure for the event in English and Spanish. A conscious effort is made to recruit bilingual volunteers to ensure Spanish-speaking families are welcomed and full participants in the evening.

The Newport Rotary Club has made what could have been a one-off event into an annual one. CSC Head Start so appreciates the ongoing collaboration with Newport Rotary Club, and looks forward to a shared literacy night with another early childhood education program in the community.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Eliminate Hunger - Become a Gleaner!

Gleaners are people with low incomes who participate in gathering donated foods for themselves and other low-income households. For more than 30 years, CSC has provided support for the largest gleaning program in Oregon. Currently, the gleaning program supplies more than two million pounds of nutritious food to nearly eight thousand individuals.

How does gleaning work?

Farmers, grocers and other donors call Linn Benton Food Share when they have surplus crops, bread, produce, and other foods to donate. Gleaners harvest these excess crops and pick up the donated foods. They also repack them into manageable portions and distribute them among their members. 

Gleaners share fifty-fifty with their adoptee households. These are households where no one is able to glean because of health problems or other serious limitations.

Linn Benton Food Share’s gleaning program works side-by-side with farmers/growers and local grocers to keep good food from going to waste. Last year, our Gleaning Program collected and distributed more than two million pounds of unsold food and gleaned  fruits and vegetables. Most of the households that received the nutritious food  include children, disabled and elderly people.

Wood Share is a component of the Gleaning Program, and shares donated firewood with gleaners and their adoptees who rely on wood for winter warmth.

How can I become a gleaner?

Fourteen gleaning groups are located throughout Linn and Benton counties. For more information on a group near you, please call Susan James 541-758-2645 or send her an e-mail at

Monday, March 17, 2014

Recruiting Now for the YouthBuild Training Program!

Are you between the ages of 18-21, need your GED or high school diploma and interested in construction, building trades, or energy conservation? Then YouthBuild is looking for you! This program is offered at no cost to participants. Eligible participants may receive financial incentives to participate.

Am I eligible?

If you are between the ages of 18-21, want to earn your GED or high school diploma, live in Linn County, and are drug-free, we encourage you to apply for the program!

How long is the program?

Six months to a year, depending upon how long it takes to complete your GED or high school diploma.

Where is it located?

The program is primarily located in Linn County. Transportation is provided from central locations in Sweet Home, Lebanon, and Albany to the worksites.

How do I get more information or apply?

For more information or to apply, go to our website at:
education/youthbuild/ for more information or to download an application. You can also call Geoff Jaeger at 541-231-2896.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. CSC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.

Friday, March 14, 2014

CSC Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2014-2015 School Year

CSC Head Start provides a free preschool education to Lincoln County children ages three to five years old, offering a nurturing learning environment that includes parents as important resources for their children’s learning.

Head Start has locations in Lincoln City, Newport, and Toledo. Head Start focuses on the “whole child” and includes the child’s educational, health, family, and social needs.

CSC Head Start’s educational program is designed to foster intellectual, social, and emotional growth. It meets the needs of each child and is sensitive to the child’s cultural identity, as well as any health or academic challenges.

Our program emphasizes the importance of the early identification of health problems that might get in the way of a child’s success. Every child has a comprehensive health screening, which includes immunizations; medical, dental and mental health assessments; and nutritional needs.

Parents are an essential part of CSC Head Start. We encourage parents to be actively involved in parent education, program planning, and the daily operation of our sites. Many parents serve as members of policy councils and committees and have a voice in administrative decisions.

Enrollment is based on family income eligibility, needs assessment, and space availability. For more information or to view the application, visit You can also call us or stop by for more information. Se habla Espanol.

Lincoln City: 2130 SE Lee Avenue, 541-996-3028
Toledo: 845 NW “A” Street , 541-336-5113
Newport: 253 NE 1st Street, 541-574-7690

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Foreclosure Assistance Program Expands Statewide

Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OHCS) is announcing the expansion of the Rebuilding American Homeownership Assistance Pilot Program (RAHAPP) to help more Oregon homeowners struggling to stay in their homes. The program is designed to help homeowners with high- interest loans who can’t refinance because they still owe more than their home is worth.

The program has been in operation in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties since July 2013, and is now expanding to serve all Oregon counties. The program is based on the Rebuilding American Homeownership proposal by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.

For more information, read the press release here.

Help CSC Head Start of Lincoln County by Just Using Your Fred Meyer Rewards Card

You can help CSC Head Start of Lincoln County earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer rewards card! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to charities designated by their customers. Here’s how the program works:
  • Go to to sign up for the Community Rewards program, which links your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Head Start of Lincoln County. You can search for Head Start of Lincoln County by name or by their non-profit number (89698).
  • Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Head Start of Lincoln County earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information, please visit

Monday, March 3, 2014

Workforce & Education Provides Support to Dislocated Workers

CSC's Workforce & Education department recently coordinated with workforce partner agencies Linn Benton Community College, the City of Harrisburg, and three local employers to provide information sessions on February 25 to the workers affected by the February closure of Allied Specialty Vehicles/Monaco RV.

According to the Albany Democrat-Herald, the Linn County plant closed on Monday, February 10. The company would not disclose details or how many jobs were lost with the closure. Monaco was purchased by Allied Specialty Vehicles last May. The parent company plans to discontinue production of its towable vehicles.  It will instead focus on producing motorized RVs in Decatur, Ind.

The dislocated workers were able to learn and ask questions about opportunities for retraining, job search, advice, and job openings at another local employer site in Harrisburg, Isovolta, Inc.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Registration is Open for CSC's Barrel to Keg Relay and Garden Gnome Run!

Race season is approaching soon, and registration for both CSC's Barrel to Keg Relay and Garden Gnome Run races are open!

The 2nd Annual Garden Gnome Run comes up first on Sunday, May 4, 2014. There will be a raffle, cool prizes, Garden Gnome swag, division winner awards, runners in gnome costumes, gnomes in runner costumes, music and refreshments. And yes, there’s even a race!

Take your pick from a 1K, 5K, 10K and, new this year, a 15K race. The flat, paved course follows the bike path in Southwest Corvallis through beautiful Avery and Pioneer Parks. If you run the 10K or 15K, you’ll take a running tour of Starker Arts Park as well.

All entrants receive a Youth House tomato plant and a gnome-themed glass finisher “medal”. Awards are available for the top 3 men and women finishers in each age division. Tech shirts can be purchased for an additional $12.

The Garden Gnome Run is a benefit for the CSC Youth House Garden. Come out to support Benton County youth and sustainable, local food! For more information or to register,

The 4th Annual Barrel to Keg Relay follows on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Starting at the Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath, Oregon, this scenic relay goes through the beautiful back country of the Oregon Coast Range, crosses over the majestic Yaquina Bay Bridge and finishes at the famous Rogue Ales Brewery at Newport’s South Beach Marina.

Teams of 2, 4, and 6 runners split the 110K (about 70 mile) distance over 12 legs. Teams of 2, 3, 4, or 6 walkers do about half the distance - the first 3 and last 3 legs, so everyone starts and finishes together. Ultra runners are welcome, too.

All finishers receive a B2K finisher medal. Prizes will be given to the fastest teams in each of six divisions. In addition, special awards are given to Best Team Name, Best Decorated Vehicle, and Most Creative Costumes. Special prizes will be presented to the top three Fundraising Teams who raise the most money for CSC’s poverty-fighting programs! You do not have to participate in the event to have a fundraising team.

For more information or to register, visit

Want to help but don't want to run or walk in the races? Be a fundraiser or volunteer! Contact or sign up to be a fundraiser here!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Second Chance Renter Rehabilitation Classes Coming in April

The Second Chance Program Renter's Rehabilitation Workshop Series will be holding classes in April. The program is designed to help prospective renters overcome obstacles which prevent them from obtaining housing. Consisting of six classes taught by qualified instructors from the community, topics include:
  • How to be a Good Tenant
  • Energy Education
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Goal Setting
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Basic Budgeting
Participants must attend all six workshops to receive a certificate. The series runs on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00am to noon, on Monday, April 7th, Wednesday, April 9th, Monday, April 14th, Wednesday, April 16th, Monday, April 21st, and Wednesday, April 23rd. All workshops are held at the Community Services Consortium office in Albany, 250 Broadalbin St. SW, upstairs.

Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 1. For more information or to register, please contact Cindy Pratt-DeMarzo at 541-758-2632 or visit the Second Chance Program website.

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