Community Services Consortium

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Community Services Consortium Lebanon Office Relocating Services

Community Services Consortium (CSC) will be relocating services from their Lebanon office located at 380 Market Street, effective Wednesday, June 24, as the building has sold. CSC’s priority is to make programs and services convenient for our clients, so all services will be available through CSC’s offices in Albany and Corvallis, as well as partner agencies in Lebanon.
If you are in need of services, please call or visit:

CSC Albany Office
250 Broadalbin St. SW, Suite 2A, Albany
Connie Barkdull at (541) 704-7645

CSC Albany Office
250 Broadalbin St. SW, Suite 2A, Albany
(541) 926-7163

Lebanon WorkSource Oregon
44 Industrial Way, Lebanon
Denise Downer at (541) 704-7820

Lebanon WorkSource Oregon
44 Industrial Way, Lebanon
(541) 259-5787

Monday, June 1, 2015

CSC Lincoln County Head Start Celebrates Anniversary

On May 19, members of the Lincoln County community, including Lincoln County commissioners Terry Thompson and Bill Hall, gathered to plant a rose bush in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's announcement of the formation of Head Start.

Head Start, which provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families — has benefited numerous individuals. Head Start has been a part of CSC for 20 years, with locations in Newport, Toledo, and Lincoln City.

We are so proud of the positive impact Head Start has had on the Lincoln County community. Thanks for everyone that has supported us over the years!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CSC Youth Garden Partners to Teach Preschool Children About Gardening

The CSC Youth Garden Crew will lead the Old Mill Center Relief Nursery preschool children in a ground breaking to create a garden on the Old Mill playground. Ground breaking will occur at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

The CSC Youth Garden crew, well-known for their innovative garden project, showcased at Corvallis Farmers Market, will share their knowledge and experience with the younger children of Old Mill. The CSC Youth Garden is a program of the Workforce and Education Department of Community Services Consortium’s Benton County office in Corvallis. Every season, four to ten high school youth who are enrolled in the federal workforce program are responsible for caring for 40 raised beds, without the use of herbicides or pesticides.  These young gardeners will bring plant starts and bushes to the playground at Old Mill Center where both sets of kids will “break ground” on a new endeavor for the smaller children. This is a unique pairing between the two non-profits, both serving local children.

This joint effort between the high school youth and the preschool youth is an extension of their existing collaboration formed to introduce the farm to classroom concept at the earliest age.

Old Mill Center for Children and Families Relief Nursery program is designed to prevent child abuse and neglect for children birth to 6 years of age.  It is one of 5 disciplines provided as a service to the local community aimed at building healthy and nurturing foundations for all children.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Energy Assistance Still Available

Community Services Consortium administers the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally funded program which provides assistance to income eligible households once each heating season. The intent of LIHEAP is to help low-income households offset their winter heating costs. LIHEAP is not an entitlement program, and is dependent on available funds. 

To apply for the LIHEAP program in Linn, Benton and Lincoln County, contact Community Services Consortium (CSC) at the numbers below. To qualify, a household must have an income at or below the following limits:

To make an appointment contact CSC at:

LINN COUNTY 541-926-7163
250 Broadalbin St SW
(Two Rivers Market-Upstairs)
Albany OR 97321

BENTON COUNTY 541-752-2840
545 SW 2nd St (Upstairs)
Corvallis OR 97333

LINCOLN COUNTY 541-265-3293
120 NE Avery St (Upstairs)
Newport OR 97365

Appointments are necessary at each site, and take approximately a half an hour.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Go Shopping and Help Change Lives in Your Community!

Did you know you can help Community Services Consortium every time you shop at Fred Meyer? Just sign up for Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program and enter CSC’s non-profit number, 87675. Then when you shop with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card, CSC will earn a donation from Fred Meyer. You will still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates, just as you do today. Sign up for the Community Rewards program here!

CSC Youth Garden Hosts Farm to Preschool Day

The CSC Youth Garden crew was thrilled to have the garden buzzing with preschoolers on Thursday, February 19. Students from the Old Mill Center Preschool learned how to plant vegetables, as well as how to harvest and clean them. They got to meet the new baby chicks at the garden, and even got to try jams and jellies during snack time, all prepared by the Youth Garden crew. Everyone had a great time and is looking forward to the next visit!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Socks! Socks! Socks!

20,000 kids and tens of thousands of others experienced homelessness last year, and we're going to do something about it. 

Oregonians are donating 20,000 socks to raise awareness about homelessness and push our policymakers to increase attention and resources to the needs of our community members. $20 million for emergency rental assistance and shelters is on the line.

Sock donations will be piled high on the Oregon State Capitol steps on March 11, the Housing Alliance's Housing Opportunity Day. Afterwards the socks will be donated to folks who need them because they don’t have a warm place to sleep at night.

Help by donating socks today. Every little bit counts! You can drop off donations at any of our office locations:

CSC Corvallis: 545 SW 2nd St., Suite A
CSC Albany: 250 Broadalbin St., Suite 2A
CSC Newport: 120 NE Avery St.

For more drop-off locations and information, visit:

Thank you for your support!


Martha Lyon
Executive Director, Community Services Consortium

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kick Off 2015 with a Resolution that Changes Lives!

You can do it!  This is your year!  How many resolutions have you made to improve your life, change your circumstances, make a difference in the world? CSC has an opportunity for you to resolve to make a difference in the lives of people right here in your own community. CSC’s monthly giving program allows you to make a gift each month to the CSC program of your choice or where your donation is needed most.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a real difference to the people in need in your own community. Shine a light on someone’s future; keep a family warm this winter; put food on the table; help a senior live independently in their own home; educate a child; provide a work experience for a teenager; help an adult get a job.

Be the hand up for someone that really needs it. Sign up today!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Training Teens for Tomorrow Program Provides Alternatives

Community Services Consortium has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam and the Lebanon School District to give at-risk students the support needed to complete their educations and a chance to gain valuable job and leadership skills in an innovative new program aimed at stopping cycles of poverty.

Photo courtesy Mark Ylen/Albany Democrat-Herald
The Training Teens for Tomorrow Program kicked off this month with 33 students participating. The program is made possible by a grant from the State of Oregon. The students were identified by the Lebanon School District as having a risk of dropout, as well as having potential for success in an alternative program.

Students complete mostly online classes at the Lebanon High School Alternative Education Center each morning, where instructors are available for support. The self-paced program works well for many students, with an attendance rate of 85%.

After working on classes, students focus on the job skills training portion of the program. Each student completes a 60-hour work experience, either volunteering at local businesses and schools or working at a job. The program provides pre-employment training, teaching good work habits and how to be a good employee.

After completing the Training Teens for Tomorrow program, students can transition to a workforce program where they create a post-secondary plan. The Beyond LHS program involves a paid 120-hour work experience and opportunities to earn college credits.

“The goal is for every student to complete their education and get the skills they need to participate in the workforce, which is critical for nipping poverty in the bud.” said Denise Downer, Principal Youth Advisor with Community Services Consortium.

To learn more about the program, click here to read the feature story in the Albany Democrat-Herald.

To support this CSC program please visit and click donate or contact Dee Teem at 541-574-2277 to talk about volunteering or other opportunities.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Working Together with HP to Spread a Little Joy

The holidays were much brighter for five families that were the recipients of some unexpected and abundant generosity.

The HP Corvallis Women’s Network reached out to Community Services Consortium (CSC) to see if they could spread a little holiday cheer in the lives of some local families in need. CSC connected the HP Corvallis Women’s Network with five families in CSC’s Transitional Housing and Supportive Housing programs, which help to place families in to housing that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The families were located in Philomath, Corvallis, Albany and Sweet Home.

Once the families were identified and there was a list of needed items, a site-wide communication was distributed to all Corvallis HP employees. The entire HP Corvallis site rallied. A surplus of gifts, including food for a complete holiday dinner, games, clothes, diapers, bicycles, gift cards, Christmas trees with decorations, and cash was donated.

Their Women’s Network only had one request: to meet and connect with the families. The Women’s Network hoped to have a stronger connection to the community and see first-hand the impact they could have through their efforts. They wanted to meet with the families and experience the joy and gratitude the families felt at receiving the contributions. The experience lived up to what they hoped for.

“I was privileged enough to get to deliver the gifts and tree to the Philomath family. They were extremely grateful for the kindness and generosity everyone showed. The best part was when 4-year-old Justin came running outside and started squealing with delight over the Christmas tree (and he hadn’t seen any of the presents yet!)” said Michelle Thompson.

The original plan was that each family would receive a tree, a food box, and gifts for the children and family. But once the HP Corvallis Women’s Network heard that these families had some additional needs, they sprang into action, rounding up items like firewood, a couch, and even a washing machine and dryer for some of the families.

“I helped deliver to one of the Sweet Home families. The family was extremely grateful, wanting to know the names of all of the folks who donated (we had to say the whole HP site!). We drove up and delivered a load of firewood in their driveway, and helped rearrange the dry and wet firewood. We brought in the presents, and then helped set the tree up. The Mom just couldn’t get over the “smell” of Christmas with the tree being in the house.” said Lauren Burkum.

Besides the amazing donations from HP Corvallis employees, generous donations came in from other businesses in the community as well.  At Home Furniture donated a couch and dresser, Sunrise Tree Farm donated the Christmas trees, and North Coast Electric donated the Christmas decorations.

 “The women from HP were so enthusiastic throughout the whole process. We are so thankful to have such great community partners that support not only CSC, but the individual families in need in our community.” said April Hein, CSC Housing Case Manager.

One of the missions of the HP Corvallis Women’s Network is to “Matter to our Community.” The purpose of the group is to create a strong, connected network in support of women reaching their potential. They seek to make a difference in the community where they live and work, and to increase HP’s visibility and impact in our local community. By enabling activities in which the women of HP Corvallis can participate, they create meaningful links to the communities in which they live.

Community Services Consortium (CSC) is the Community Action Agency serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties with housing, nutrition, economic stability, and educational assistance programs since 1980.

To support any of CSC’s poverty-fighting programs and services, visit our website at Donations may be made through our website or mailed to our main office: Community Services Consortium, 245 Broadalbin Street, Suite 2A, Albany, OR 97321.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Upcoming Second Chance Classes in January

“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. To register, or for more information about Second Chance, visit CSC’s website at or contact Cindy Pratt-DeMarzo at 541-758-2632 for Linn and Benton counties, and Kacy Jensen at 541-574-2281 in Lincoln County.


Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm at 250 SW Broadalbin St. (upstairs) in Albany. Registration deadline is Monday, January 19.
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Gifts of Happiness and Hope!

The Giving Season is here, and Community Services Consortium’s (CSC) gift catalog makes it easy to give a gift that will help local families this holiday season and any season. The Giving Season Catalog ( allows you to make a gift in your name or on behalf of a loved one.

Every gift makes a difference to a local family living in poverty, hunger, and homelessness, as well as giving people hope for tomorrow through education and job training. Donations support Linn Benton Food Share, Head Start of Lincoln County, Community Housing Services, Utility Assistance, CSC Youth Garden, CSC YouthBuild, Career Tech Charter School and CSC’s other education and job training programs.

CSC’s socially conscious gifts offer a specific impact in a wide range of amounts, such as supplying the Youth Garden crew with tools for $25, keeping the lights and heat on for a family for $50, or providing housing for someone in need for $100. You can also choose the option to give any amount to the highest need, or to the program of your choice.

For gifts made on behalf of a loved one, CSC will send a hand-written holiday card letting the recipient know about the gift in their name. All gift givers will receive a donation receipt for their tax-deductible gift.

“We so appreciate the generosity of our local community,” said CSC Community Relations Director Diana Teem. “Your gifts bring smiles, light and warmth into the lives of people struggling with poverty in your own community. Thank you for making a real difference, and happy holidays from all of us at Community Services Consortium!”

Community Services Consortium (CSC) is the Community Action Agency serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties with housing, nutrition, economic stability, and educational assistance programs since 1980.

To support any of CSC’s poverty-fighting programs and services, visit our website at 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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