Community Services Consortium

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

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Learn to be good tenant and get a second chance

Second Chance CSC's Renter Rehabilitation is a program for people who have low incomes and who are unable to obtain housing, due to poor credit and/or a poor rental history.

The Second Chance Program is designed to help people gain the skills, strategies, and self-confidence they need to obtain and maintain housing. The next session offered will be at CSC’s Corvallis office at 545 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the following days

Workshop Schedule:
March 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th& 22nd
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CSC’s Corvallis Office545 SW 2nd St., Suite A
Must attend all six workshops to receive

For more information, please contact
Cindy Pratt at Community Services Consortium (541) 758-2798

Runners & Walkers: Save the Date July 14, 2012

The second annual Barrel to Keg Relay will be July 14th, 2012. Starting at the Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath, Oregon, teams of 2,4, and 6 runners will split the 110K distance over 12 legs. Walking teams will go half the distance: six legs.

This is a scenic relay through the beautiful back country of the Oregon Coast Range, starting from Philomath wine country, over the majestic Yaquina Bay Bridge to the famous Rogue Ales Brewery at Newport’s South Beach Marina.

CSC is participating in a new foreclosure prevention program

The Mortgage Payment Assistance Unemployment Program (MPA-U) is a new foreclosure prevention program from the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI). MPA-U helps approved homeowners pay their mortgages for up to one year, or up to $20,000, whichever comes first. MPOA-U is available to qualified homeowners that are currently receiving Unemployment Insurance.

Program qualifications include, but are not limited to:
Participant must be receiving Unemployment Insurance at the time of application
Participant property must be a single-family, detached residence
Participant property must be a primary residence
Participant may not be in active bankruptcy

Take the eligibility test
An online eligibility test with full eligibility information and a program application is available on
Community Services Consortium will be processing applications and supporting participants through the program in Linn and Lincoln counties.
Willamette Neighborhood Housing will assist participants in Benton County

Open House for Volunteers at the Food Share Warehouse

Susan James, CSC Gleaning and Volunteer Coordinator at Linn Benton Food Share program holds Open House for volunteers on the last Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the the Linn Benton Food Share warehouse in Tangent. The next open house will be February 23rd, 6pm - 8pm. The warehouse is located at 33747 Looney Lane, Tangent 97389.

“Everyone is welcome,” said Susan “It is a good chance to see if you like volunteering. We usually repackage bulk food such as rice or cereal. Sometimes we sort and box canned food.
People from all over the community work together for a couple of hours. We couldn’t do our job of providing food to people who need it without the help of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours.

Some of the reasons people volunteer are:
I want to teach my daughter about community service.
I think community service is important. I have time and so I thought this is how I should be spending it. Food Share is an essential program.
I find it disturbing how easy it is for a family to fall into poverty and I want to help.

CSC Homebuyer Workshops in Lincoln County

This eight hour workshop helps prospective homebuyers learn how to successfully navigate the home buying process.

If you’re planning on buying a home in the next few months or next few years—this class is for you. Learn how to search for and evaluate homes, work with housing industry professionals and gain knowledge and confidence with the home purchase process. You’ll receive a certificate at the end of class that may help you to qualify for a number of assistance programs.

Tuesday & Thursday, Feb. 7, 9 14 & 16
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Umpqua Bank
1250 North Coast Hwy, Newport

Tuesday & Thursday Apr. 17, 19, 24 & 26
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Beacon Crest Apartments Family Center
2897 NE 47th St., Lincoln City

Register by emailing Beth Larsen at or calling 541-704-7647

Garden Season Begins at CSC

Jesse Hernandez and Jason Swanson are youth that participate in our CSC Youth House Garden project. This project provides quality education, training, life skills and employment opportunities to at-risk youth in Benton County. We have kicked off our 2012 gardening season.

We will be selling our produce at the Corvallis Saturday Market starting in April. Please come visit our booth, speak with our youth about our project, and you will have the opportunity purchase some of our delicious local produce and vegetable starts to take home and enjoy. We hope to see you there.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Show your love for Dutch Bros coffee and Linn Benton Food Share!

On Valentine's Day, Feb 14, all 16 oz drinks can be had for $1.00 and three cans of food at Dutch Bros. locations in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and Sweet Home

Food collected during this one-day drive benefits Linn Benton Food Share and it's network of 74 agencies.

Welcome to CSC's blog and e-newsletter!

These communications tools can be used to make announcements, acknowledge donors and volunteers, post videos and slideshows–whatever we want to share with our online community.

There are 3 ways to deliver info to stakeholders:

  1. The blog itself, which can be linked to our current website
  2. Email news blasts (blog articles sent via email as eNewsletters)
  3. RSS Feed (subscribers read in Google Reader or other feed reader, can also send posts to Facebook and Twitter)
We're excited about these communication tools and look forward to both your input and feedback for continuing improvement and positive information-sharing.

If you have agency/program information you'd like posted on this blog, please send full text and/or photos and videos, ideas, or suggestions to Janet Hessel and she will take the next steps.