Community Services Consortium

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CSC YouthBuild Program Featured in Albany Democrat-Herald Article

The Albany Democrat-Herald has featured the CSC YouthBuild program in an article published on June 8. The article highlights some of the youth involved in the program, their stories, and their successes.

To read the article, click here

Applications for the program’s next round, which starts July 1, can be found online at or by calling 541-758-2633. Applications can also be dropped off at the CSC office at 380 Market St. in Lebanon. Applicants must be from 18 to 21 years old, reside in Linn County, live in a low-income household and be drug-free.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Barrel to Keg Relay Less Than One Month Away!

We’ve had a great response from runners and walkers for our 3rd Annual Barrel to Keg Relay benefit for Community Services Consortium (CSC). With nearly 700 participants registered for the July 13th race, this year’s event reflects the enthusiasm, fun atmosphere, and generosity of participants and sponsors. Entrants so far include our dedicated local runners and walkers, as well as those from all over Oregon and Washington, as far north as Vancouver B.C., and as far south as San Diego, California!

Presented by the Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath (the Barrel) and Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport’s South Beach (the Keg), the Barrel to Keg Relay is a benefit for Community Services Consortium to further CSC’s mission to end poverty in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

It’s not too late to grab a friend or family member, lace up those running shoes, and support CSC’s efforts in the region. Find the Barrel to Keg Relay on Facebook at or visit CSC’s website at Come and enjoy our Finish Line festivities, as we celebrate race accomplishments, our inspired volunteers, and impressive sponsors, all to the music of popular local bands Island Joy, Valley Cats, and Fate 55!

There are several ways to get involved. Runners may form their own team and register online at Teams may include just about anyone (friends, family, neighbors, co-workers or even total strangers). Most creative team names, costumes and best dressed vehicles will receive special honors. It’s all about the fun.

Non-runners are welcome to participate, too! Anyone interested in being a Race Official or event volunteer, please contact Dee Teem at or call 541-574-2277.

We welcome individuals and businesses who would like to join our fabulous list of sponsors for the Barrel to Keg Relay event. If you would like to support the work of Community Services Consortium’s poverty-fighting programs, see our Sponsorship opportunities at

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fourteen Youth Graduate from CSC Youth House Garden

On June 12, six of fourteen of this season's Youth House Garden graduates gathered for a ceremony at the Youth House Garden to celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family. The six graduates included the following:

Jacob Cox graduated with his diploma from 509j College Hill High. He plans on attending Linn-Benton Community College in the fall to pursue writing and science. He likes to write fiction, and is currently working at the Youth Garden. Armand Schoppy, Teacher and Youth Crew Lead at the Youth Garden, testified to Jacob's writing talents.

Justin Tipsword graduated with his diploma from 509j College Hill High. Justin loves hunting and fishing, and his dream job is to become a horticulturist. He was in charge of the greenhouse at College Hill High and is currently working at the Youth Garden. He plans to attend college in the future.

Brian Ortiz graduated with his diploma from 509j Corvallis High. Brian worked on a previous summer crew. He enjoys soccer and helping the community. Brian's dream job is to be a medic, and he plans on going to college.

Bri Johnson graduated with her GED through the Youth House. She enjoys friends in the sun, and never giving up on what she desires. Bri dreams of being a vet assistant and plans on attending college this fall. She has worked at the Youth Garden in the past.

Jesse Hernandez graduated with his GED through the Youth House. Jesse enjoys playing guitar and hope to own his own business some day. He has worked at the Youth Garden in the past.

Javier Carona earned his GED through the Youth House. He enjoys spending time with family, and hopes to be a master gardener. He plans to attend school for horticulture or fermentation science. He currently works at the Youth Garden.

Congratulations to these hard-working, determined youth for successfully completing such a big milestone! We are so proud of you, and are sure there are many more successes in your future. 

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