Community Services Consortium

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

They Made a Difference

AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteers with the CSC’s ‘Building Bridges’ Program came together for Make a Difference Day by helping out at CSC's Linn Benton Food Share warehouse. Half of the group spent their time on the grounds of the warehouse pulling out invasive blackberry vines while the other half spent their day inside repackaging nearly 1,000 pounds of donated cereal into family-sized portions. The food will go to people who seek emergency food at food pantries and other LBFS member agencies such as soup kitchens, child care centers and senior meal sites.

Susan James, CSC's Volunteer and Gleaning Coordinator for Linn Benton Food Share, said that the donated food wouldn’t get to the people who need it if it wasn’t for volunteers like AmeriCorps*VISTA members. We appreciate their hard work both in and outside our warehouse.”

Tifani Erpelding, Coordinator of CSC's ‘Building Bridges’ AmeriCorps*VISTA Program, worked side by side with the inside crew. “We appreciate the willingness of our VISTA members to dedicate these hours to Make a Difference Day to help the community when they are already giving a year of their time to community causes.”

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