Community Services Consortium

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

Thursday, January 17, 2013

CSC Launches New Website!

We have officially launched our new website at! The website is devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of CSC’s programs and services in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties.

The new site provides the individuals and families we serve in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties with information on our array of programs and services in four vital areas: Education, Housing, Jobs & Finances, and Nutrition. Our services emphasize CSC’s commitment to providing help for immediate needs today, as well as building skills for self-sufficiency tomorrow.

CSC’s priorities, programs, and core services are determined by assessing the changing needs of low- to moderate-income youth and adults in our communities. We believe that every family should have access to a stable home, nutritious food, quality education and training, and a job that pays a family wage.

Visit our new website by clicking here. You can also visit us on Facebook.

Established in July, 1980 as the state-designated community action agency for Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties, Community Services Consortium is one of 18 community action agencies in Oregon that deliver programs designed to combat poverty and its root causes in our state.

As part of a nationwide network of anti-poverty organizations, CSC joins in leading the way to educate and advocate for those in need in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. We are a public, nonprofit organization dedicated to ending poverty in Oregon.

CSC Partnering with Coastal Families Together for Parenting Workshops

Coastal Families Together, in partnership with champion hubs and community partners, are presenting free parenting workshops. “From Chaos to Calm” is a two-hour workshop on how to create a positive, calm environment at home with your children. Dinner and childcare are provided. Come out and learn some new strategies! This workshop will be presented at the times and locations listed below.

Monday, January 14th: Yachats Commons, 441 N. Highway 101, Yachats, 6-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 15th: Central Coast Child Development Center, 1811 NE Arcadia Dr., Toledo, 6–8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16th: CSC Head Start, 2130 SE Lee St., Lincoln City, 6- 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 17th: Presbyterian Church in Newport, 6-8:30 p.m.

In addition to the free workshops listed above, Coastal Families Together has several parenting education classes starting in Lincoln County.

Coastal Families Together offers classes and workshops to fit every family at every stage in the parenting process. All classes come with a nutritional family-style meal and childcare. There is a $45 registration fee per family. Scholarships are available for all or part of the registration fee. All classes are available in Spanish.

Newport: In partnership with Sam Case Primary School, we will be presenting Nurturing Parenting. This class focuses on parents of children 0-11 years of age. Parents will gain a greater understanding of child development, effective discipline, and how to embrace your role as a parent. Class begins on Tuesday, January 15 and will continue once a week for ten weeks. The class will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Class will be held in the Sam Case Primary School, 459 N. E. 12th St. Newport, OR, 97365.

Lincoln City: In partnership with Samaritan Early Learning Center and Head Start / Community Services Consortium, we will be presenting Nurturing Parenting. This class focuses on parents of children 0-11 years old. This class series will review child-directed play, coaching, effective praise and encouragement, then continue with setting limits, consequences, discipline. Class begin on Wednesday, January 23 and will continue once a week for ten weeks. Dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. and the class will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class will be held at CSC Head Start, 2130 Southeast Lee Ave., Lincoln City, OR, 97367.

Yachats: In partnership with Yachats Youth and Family Activities Program, Inc., we will be presenting Nurturing Parenting. This class focuses on parents of children 0-11 years of age. Parents will gain a greater understanding of the art, science, strategies and techniques that promote self worth, cooperation, compassion in children and form the basis of day-to-day family interactions. Class begins on Monday, January 28 and will continue once a week for ten weeks. Dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. and the class will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class will be held in the Yachats Commons room 8, 441 No. Highway 101, Yachats, OR. 97498.

To register for either class go to or call (541) 574-4485. Space is limited!

For more information on this parenting education initiative, future classes or questions about local opportunities go to or contact, Cynthia Breves, Coastal Families Together, 541-574-4485,

Four Youth Garden Crew Members Earn GEDs

While most of us were caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, four CSC Youth Garden crew members were busy studying and completing a major educational milestone. Brianne Archer, Javier Rodriguez, Brianna Johnson, and Dillan Williams have all earned their GEDs.

Javier also earned his PTCS Duct Sealing certification in January, and will continue to pursue technical certifications. Brianne, Dillan and Brianna are exploring their options, including attending an open house at Linn Benton Community College in February.

We are SO proud of our crew members and all of their hard work! Congratulations!

The CSC Youth Garden is a program of the Workforce and Education Department of Community Services Consortium’s Benton County office in Corvallis. Every season, four to ten youth who are enrolled in our federal workforce program are responsible for caring for 40 raised beds, without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Our mission is to encourage learning, entrepreneurship and work readiness in Benton County youth and to grow and locally-distribute responsibly-raised produce.

For more information on the CSC Youth Garden, or to make a donation, visit them on Facebook or read more on the CSC web site.

CSC Sponsoring Free Tax Help Starting in February

CSC will be sponsoring free Tax-Aide for qualified individuals starting on February 1st at various locations in Linn and Benton county. Those that qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are especially encouraged to take advantage of free tax return preparation and e-filing.

EITC qualifications include:
  • U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Valid social security number
  • Earned income during 2012:
    • $45,060 ($50,270 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
    • $41,952 ($47,162 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
    • $36,920 ($42,130 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
    • $13,980 ($19,190 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
EITC amounts can range from $1 to $5,891.

For information on location, dates and times, as well as the number to call to make an appointment, please visit the 2013 site schedule here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Demand for Food Skyrocketing in Mid-Valley

A recent story in the Corvallis Gazette-Times featured Linn Benton Food Share (LBFS) as it discusses the sharp increase in demand for food at Oregon food banks.

“From July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, we saw an 11 percent increase in the number of people coming in for food boxes,” said Mike Gibson, LBFS Director. “In the first four months of our current fiscal year, that’s up by 19 percent.”

Gibson said the demand for food in the mid-valley is the worst he has seen in his 28 years with the program.

The article can be found here at the Corvallis Gazette-Times web site.

Linn Benton Food Share is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of Community Services Consortium (CSC), the public, nonprofit community action agency providing multiple services to low-income people across Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

As the regional food bank for Linn and Benton counties since 1981, Food Share has been committed to fulfilling our goal that “Everybody Eats.” With requests for emergency food help at an all-time high, we work hard to develop and strengthen food resources for our communities.

To find out more about Linn Benton Food Share or to make a donation, visit their page on the CSC web site or on Facebook

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