Community Services Consortium

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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Celebrate: May is Community Action Month!

CSC is Community Action in Action!
CSC Helping People. Changing Lives.

On August 20, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which created a variety of programs, including Community Action Agencies, as part of his War on Poverty. He knew then as we know now, that the war against poverty must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.

Community Services Consortium, CSC was established in 1980 as the Community Action Agency serving people in poverty in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties by promoting self-sufficiency for those of limited income, ensuring that all residents are able to live in dignity; by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished; and by providing support and instruction for everyone in need of assistance.

“Community Action Month is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across the country,” stated Executive Director Martha Lyon, “Agencies are successful every day in helping families achieve economic security. Given that the needs of each family and community are unique, Community Action is able to use a range of resources and programs to meet local needs in creative and impactful ways.”

CSC’s statistics underscore a positive impact on local neighborhoods. CSC helps countless individuals improve their lives each year by providing them essential services and life-changing opportunities through financial education and job training as well as making available affordable housing, Linn Benton Food Share, access to health care, energy assistance, Head Start in Lincoln County, and more.

Despite experiencing budget cuts, shrinking resources, and increased demands for services, CSC has been remarkably successful assisting the low-income veterans, senior citizens, families, children, and youth in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties to achieve and maintain economic security. As Martha Lyon attests: “Our staff is committed to their task of replacing disadvantages with opportunities because it is right, because it is wise, and because, in our hearts and minds we believe it is possible to conquer poverty in our lifetime.”

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Letter Carriers Stamp out Hunger!

Help CSC's Linn Benton Food Share 
Help your Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger! 
Leave bags of non-perishable food by your mailbox on Saturday, May 14.

The Annual Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" 

Linn Benton Food Share Food Drive is coming up! 

Mail carriers will be collecting donations of nonperishable food on Saturday, May 14, for the 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.

The annual “Stamp out Hunger” food drive asks mail customers to fill a bag with pasta, cereal, peanut butter, canned soups and stews, and other nonperishable food items and leave it by their mailboxes for carriers to pick up.

Food drive information cars and collection bags will arrive in the mailboxes of Albany residences beforehand.
Last year, Albany letter carriers collected about 28,000 pounds of food for Linn Benton Food Share, which distributed it through local food pantries. Volunteers are needed to help sort food at the Albany Post Office on Saturday May 14th. Volunteers are asked to spend an hour or two between 11:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. sorting food the mail carriers bring to the Main Post Office dock in Albany.  Please e-mail Susan James at to sign up or for more information. 

This is a fun family, individual or group volunteer project!

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