Community Services Consortium

Volunteer or Intern with CSC

Volunteering with CSC not only helps our local communities but is personally rewarding to know that you will learn about the needs of your community and do something to improve the lives of those living in our community.

Volunteer

Linn Benton Food Share relies on the hard work and enthusiasm of community volunteers engaged in various projects. There are many ways to help. Here are some of the opportunities for individuals, families, or groups to consider:

  • Attend a monthly community open house repackaging project
  • Organize a food drive or fundraising project
  • Help with a yearly bulk mailing project
  • Provide assistance at a food drive (such as the annual Postal Carriers Food Drive)
  • Participate in special events
  • Help with landscaping and yard maintenance at the Food Share Warehouse

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact:

Susan James
Gleaning and Volunteer Programs Coordinator
541-758-2645
sjames@communityservices.us

Gleaning Programs

Linn Benton Food Share

Gleaning, the practice of recovering food left behind from commercially-harvested fields or fields that are not economically profitable to harvest, has been around since biblical times and practiced by countries around the world for centuries.

Linn Benton Food Share

As a practical humanitarian activity, gleaning contributes to the collection and distribution of food that would otherwise go to waste. Gleaning groups are great sources of supplementary, high quality food for individuals and families on a fixed or low income who want to help others as they help themselves.

Linn Benton Food Share partners with 14 gleaning groups located throughout Linn and Benton counties.

Each group is a nonprofit member organization, whose members are required to actively participate, to the level of their ability, in the day-to-day operations of their groups. They are seniors on fixed incomes, families with children, individuals with disabilities - people just like you. Members who are unable to do the hard physical work of gleaning, because of health problems or other serious limitations, are "adopted" by other gleaners, who provide their portion of the harvest.

Gleaning groups participate in field and market gleans, hold fundraisers to support their groups, care for their "adoptee" households, and seek grant funding to access additional food for their members. Last year more than 7,900 people received over 2 million pounds of food through our 14 gleaning groups.

In addition, all groups participate in "Wood Share," a component of the Gleaning Program. Gleaners collect donated firewood and distribute it to members of their gleaning groups, who rely on wood to heat their homes.

For more information about donating to a Gleaning Program, contact:

Susan James
Gleaning and Volunteer Programs Coordinator
541-758-2645
sjames@communityservices.us

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