Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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 www.communityservices.us.
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.
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.
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.
A number of departments, organizations and colleges were honored for their food drive efforts.
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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