Community Services Consortium

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

Thursday, October 1, 2009

CSC's ‘Building Bridges’ AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Launches its Fourth Year

The CSC ‘Building Bridges’ AmeriCorps*VISTA program launched its fourth year in mid August 2009. We welcomed eleven new VISTA members to Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. They joined 3 remaining members who will finish in December. The VISTA team is focused on capacity building efforts that will help alleviate poverty in our area. They are fundraising; grant writing, working with volunteers, developing new programs, writing new policies and procedures and much more!

Since the start of the CSC ‘Building Bridges’ program in 2005, the VISTA members have recruited 870 new community volunteers who have served for almost 25,000 hours. The members have also generated $1.4 million in cash and non-cash resources for their agencies. In addition, numerous collaborations and partnerships have been developed and new programs have been created.

2009-2010 CSC ‘Building Bridges’ AmeriCorps*VISTA Host Sites
Albany InReach Services
Albany Partnership for Housing and Community Development
CSC-Santiam Wilderness Academy
CSC-Youth Garden Project
CDDC – Project Action
Jackson Street Youth Shelter
Lincoln Commission on Children and Families
Linn-Benton Housing Authority
Linn County Sheriff’s Department
Parent Enhancement Program
Strengthening Rural Families
Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis
Head Start of Lincoln County
Oregon Cascade West Council of Governments

If you have an interest in hosting an AmeriCorps*VISTA member or want to learn more about CSC’s ‘Building Bridges’ program, please contact Tifani Erpelding at 541-758-2641 or Tom Cope at 541-758-2646.

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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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