Community Services Consortium

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CSC youth crew shine at Toledo groundbreaking celebration

Community Services Consortium (CSC) crew members, Frank Aguilar, Angela DeVries, Remington Iverson and John Weaver were key players in the Port of Toledo’s Ground Breaking celebration on March 16th to celebrate the remodeling of the old Toledo Firehall and site of a community art park.

The youth are learning professionalism team work, customer service and leadership in addition to trade skills in the construction field. All of the students on the crew had to pass a math test and interview precess to be chosen for the old firehall construction job. Most of the crew are working on their GED’s or picking up classes to finish their education for high school graduation.

The former Public Safety Building, now owned by the Port of Toledo, shows the work finished and underway by the CSC crew under the supervision of crew leader, Peter Lohanyay. The crew have sheet rocked, plastered, and are now preparing surfaces for paint. Port Employees are working along with the student crew to prepare the building for economic development.

The art park also termed a pocket park will be the next focus of the CSC crew. The park was designed for just outside the building by a team of community volunteers including Port Manager Bud Shoemake, Jon Holbrook, drafting and design, Sam Briseno, sculptor, Whitney Clef, landscaping design, Oregon Coast Aquarium staff and others.

“It is programs like this, where you can see how proud this young crew is of their work, that will be responsible for keeping our youngsters in their community,” said Evelyn Roth, the State Oregon Education and Workforce Youth Liaison, “They will have the skills they need to earn a living right here in their home town.”

Chuck Gertulla , Port of Toledo Commission President, welcomed many community leaders, Roth among them as well as Martha Lyon, Director of Community Services Consortium, Lincoln County Commissioners, Don Lindsy and Bill Hall, Rod Cross, Mayor of Toledo, Nancy Lynne, toledo Council, John Asher, Director of Oregon Youth Conservation Corps, Dee Teem, CSC Workforce and Education as well as many others.

Jon Holbrook, Whitney Clef, Evelyn Roth, Dee Teem, John Asher and Commissioner Bill Hall in the refurbished building.

The next project on the list for the Port of Toledo and the CSC Youth Construction crew will be the construction of a floating boat house which will be used as a classroom and workspace for a local youth boating club.

The CSC Youth Construction Crew is funded in large part by the Oregon Youth Conservation Corp’s Oregon Youth Employment initiative grant. CSC provides additional project support through Workforce Investment Act funds and a grant from Lincoln County Economic Development funds is supporting $10,000 for equipment, materials and supplies for the Art Park.

Community Services Consortium (CSC) is the state-designated Community Action Agency serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. CSC provides a wide range of services to low and moderate income individuals and families. CSC helps with employment, job training skills, food, housing, weatherization, housing rehabilitation, education and volunteer opportunities. For more information, or to support CSC and its many programs, please contact the Newport Office at 265-8505 or the administrative office at (541) 752-1010 or visit

Event honors outstanding food drive effort

Ryan McCambridge presents the Hope Springs Eternal Award during the OSU Food Drive celebration (photo: Theresa Hogue)

The College of Forestry yet again received top honors for their effort in the annual food drive ((photo: Theresa Hogue) (OSU President Ed Ray presents the honor)

By Theresa Hogue for “Life @ OSU” with permission from Oregon State University

“Every single year you come through with flying colors.”

That was the sentiment of Ryan McCambridge, coordinator of Linn-Benton Food Share, as he praised the success of the annual OSU Food Drive, which provides the Food Share with 30 percent of its annual food acquisition budget. Kate Sanders of University Events coordinated this year’s OSU effort.

McCambridge and Mike Gibson, manager of the Linn-Benton Food Share, took part in a ceremony this week honoring the departments and offices that raised the most money and food for the annual drive, which took place during the month of February.

In total, the event gathered more than $100,000 in cash donations and 19,000 pounds of food. By turning the cash into its equivalent in pounds of food, the total equals more than 522,000 pounds of food, which will directly benefit the community.

“Times are tough for everyone these days,” Gibson said, referring to the recession and to OSU’s recent decision to furlough faculty and staff. “And yet you produced the best food drive ever.”

Oregon currently has the second highest rate of hunger in the nation, and more than 11,000 Linn and Benton County residents are listed as unemployed, not including those who are now working part time or have dropped out of the system altogether.

Over the last year the Food Share has seen an increase in demand of 1,800 requests for emergency food boxes. Gibson said there are many sources of support for the Food Share in the community, but none as large as OSU. “It makes us feel good to know we’ve got the whole community behind us,” he said.

President Ed Ray said hunger has real consequences to a person’s ability to work and learn, and those consequences are long-term. He praised the university community’s increasing support for the food drive, and noted that donations have increased by 100,000 pounds in two years.

A number of departments, organizations and colleges were honored for their food drive efforts.
The following are the top earners in each category:
Off campus: Extension Service, Wallowa County, 4,036 pounds
Student Organizations: Students in Free Enterprise group (SIFE), 5,051 pounds
Team 1, 1-20 employees: Sixth Floor, Kerr Admin, 11,335 pounds
Team 2, 21-50 employees: Animal Science, 16,372 pounds

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