Community Services Consortium

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

Friday, May 28, 2010

Protect Yourself and Your Money

A lunchtime lecture focusing on the most common frauds and scams reported in Oregon — A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

June 14, 2010
12:00—1:30 pm
Citizens Bank, Corvallis
275 SW Third St
RSVP: 541-812-0849

Sponsored by CSC Linn-Benton RSVP, Citizens Bank, and the Department of Justice

CSC Crew Members Complete Fire Hall Remodel and Art Park in Toledo

CSC’s youth crew, Remington Iverson, Ashley DeVries, Joseph Jensen, John Weaver and CSC teacher Peter Lohonyay (mid-photo) take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony along with Port of Toledo officials and local artists.

Community Services Consortium's (CSC) Lincoln County work crew cuts the ribbon on the completion of the Port of Toledo’s rehabilitation of the “Old Toledo Fire Hall” and grounds. The open space was developed into a beautiful sculpture garden displaying the work of local artists. As the work sells it will be replaced with new pieces. The ceremony held May 21st was also a celebration of the Port of Toledo’s 100th birthday.

At the end of the ceremony, each crew member thanked the people involved in his or her tenure as a crew member. All plan to use their training in the future.

John Weaver is hoping to work on the Port’s Boat House construction as part of the port development plan.

Ashley DeVries has plans to continue in the construction trade. “It runs in the family,” she said as she points to her father, who is all smiles at Ashley’s accomplishments as a CSC construction crew member.

Frank Aguilar will go into the new CSC welding training course based on local employer needs.

The locally focused welding training is a collaborative effort involving Workforce Investment Act funding from CSC and space from the Lincoln County School District. The training will supply each student with the skills needed for welding including forklift, OSHA, CPR, and first aid certification and a full set of tools for work.

CSC Lincoln County has remaining openings in the welding program for qualified youth (aged 18 to 21) call for further information (541) 265-8505.

Additional Opportunities at CSC:
There are remaining spaces for qualified youth ( age 16 and up) for natural resource crews in most CSC offices.
Newport CSC: 120 NE Avery Street, Newport, OR 97365 (541)265-8505
Corvallis CSC: 545 SW 2nd St., Suite A, Corvallis, OR 97333 (541) 752-1010
Lebanon CSC: 380 Market Street, Lebanon, OR 97355 (541) 451-1071

The Lebanon CSC office will also be recruiting Youths from Linn County (ages 16 – 24) for YouthBuild starting in late summer (541) 451-1071

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP) & Link-Up America

OTAP: Oregonians who receive one of the following qualifying benefits may receive up to a $13.50 reduction in their monthly bill for local residential telephone service:

Food Stamps
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Supplemental Security Income
Certain State Medical Programs or Medicaid

LINK-UP AMERICA: Helps qualified low-income individuals by paying for one-half (up to $30) of the line-connection charges for new residential telephone service.

*Note: If a person qualifies only for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, they will only be eligible for Link-Up America, and not for OTAP.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply for equipment, to obtain an application for OTAP and/or Link-Up America, or for more information about the Residential Service Protection Fund (RSPF) Programs, please contact the RSPF staff TOLL FREE at 1-800-848-4442 or (503) 373-7171 in Salem; TTY users can call 1-800-648-3458; or write to: Public Utility Commission of Oregon • RSPF PO Box 2148 • Salem OR 97308-2148


TDAP: Loans specialized telephone equipment at no cost and with no income restrictions to eligible Oregonians who are deaf, hearing, vision, speech, and mobility impaired.


The Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service OTRS: Customers who have TTY (text telephone for the deaf, hearing, or speech impaired) may dial 7-1-1 to reach a relay operator. The relay operator types the conversation to the TTY user. Voice, or standard, users may also use OTRS to contact their deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled family or friends.


Hearing Carry Over (HCO)
Voice Carry Over (VCO)
Speech to Speech (STS)

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