Community Services Consortium

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Friday, April 23, 2010

CSC’s YouthBuild Americorps Students Meet With Linn County Commissioners

Linn County Commissioner, Will Tucker greeted CSC’s YouthBuild Americorps students at the entrance to the Linn County Courthouse April 21st. He arranged for them to see a video on the role of Oregon’s 36 counties. Afterwards they attended the Board of Commissioners April 21st meeting.

The three Linn County commissioners , John Lindsey, William Tucker and Board Chairman, Roger Nyquist welcomed the 9 students and 3 teachers from the Community Services Consortium’s Lebanon program. Students in YouthBuild learn construction and job skills while they work on completing their education. YouthBuild gives dropouts the opportunity to get a GED or High School diploma. YouthBuild students contribute 450 hours to their community during the nine-month program.

Students, Colton Ringheimer and Khristian Magelssen gave short presentations to the Board about their YouthBuild experiences, including these highlights:
• Built two homes, one in Lebanon and one in Albany
• Finished a sock drive project for the homeless and collected 238 pairs of socks
• Learned job skills through building homes for low income families
• Completed a week -long boot camp in electrical skills, learning to draw circuits and how to wire a complete house.

“Soon, YouthBuild will help me obtain my certification in wildland fire fighting for the summer,” Ringheimer said. “And then, I plan to go to college so I can join the Marine Corp.”

“After YouthBuild, I plan to do either the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) apprenticeship training to become a Journeyman electrician or attend college for a bachelors degree in Business Administration, said Magelssen. “But either way, I ultimately plan on going to Officer Candidate School for the Marines.

The students also visited the Linn County Environmental Health Department to see how it affects building and they received an outline on looking for information and permit application process in the Planning and Building Department.

RSVP Says Thank You To Volunteers

Volunteers are putting together gift bags for their fellow volunteers.

RSVP, a CSC program, has a very nice way of saying thank you to their dedicated volunteers who have donated their time to many non-profit agencies in Linn and Benton counties.

The bags, filled with items donated by RSVP Advisory Council members and Samaritan Health Services, were delivered to hundreds of volunteers to honor them during National Volunteer Week.

Monday, April 19, 2010

CSC’s Building Bridges Program Now Recruiting

Do you know a college-level student interested in working in community service this summer?

The CSC Building Bridges program is now recruiting a select few AmeriCorps*VISTA members for six summer positions to perform volunteer service across Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties from June 21 to August 20, 2010.

• Summer Associate will work with Benton County Commissioners and other members of the “Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness”. Agency & Location: Benton County, Corvallis OR

• Summer Associate will work with Resource Development officer to implement agency-wide community-based development plan. Agency & Location: CSC, Corvallis, OR

• Summer Associate will support summer work experience and training activities for low-income youth in east Linn County. Agency & Location: CSC's At Risk Youth Program, Lebanon, OR
• Summer Associate will assist with developing a Youth Summit and other community awareness projects. Agency & Location: CSC Workforce and Education program, Newport, OR

• Summer Associate will assist the Homeless Education Literacy Project (HELPS) program coordinator to raise community support for the program. Agency & Location: Lincoln Commission on Children and Families/HELPS, Newport, OR

• Linn County “Gets Ready” Project Coordinator will continue to develop a public relations campaign and other projects. Agency & Location: Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Albany, OR

Benefits will include an $858 monthly living allowance and a $1,132 education award for completion of service.

For more details, contact Jeannie Ramsey at 541-758-2778 or email

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