Category: News Stories

New outreach approach in Energy Assistance yields more applications, happy participants

The Energy Assistance Program (EA) team in the Clackamas County Social Services Division is constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve service for low-income Clackamas residents. One of the team’s main goals is to increase the number of program participants who enroll for services prior to receiving a utility shutoff notice. This goal has… Read more »

Jackson County Emergency Housing/Shelter Contact Info

Medford Gospel Mission Mens Shelter (men only)- 541-779-1597 125 W. Jackson St. Medford, OR 97501 Womens Shelter (women and children)- 541-772-2931 534 N. Bartlett Ave. Medford, OR 97501 Rogue Retreat Kelly Shelter (Transitional Warming Shelter Medford, Oregon) 541-499-0880 1410 W 8th St, Medford, OR 97501 Hope Village (Tiny Home Homeless Community) 541-499-0880 1410 W 8th… Read more »

Bringing awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit

No one wants to leave their earned money on the government table and not have it in their own pocket. And yet that is what is happening when eligible individuals and families are not claiming their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In Oregon alone, $130 million is left unclaimed yearly. These are dollars that could… Read more »

ACCESS Opens an Affordable Housing Complex for Veterans

Seventeen Veterans are out of the cold, just in time for Christmas, thanks to a new housing development in Medford. On December 15, ACCESS opened their latest housing development (their 17th development), Victory Place, a 17-unit affordable Housing complex for Veterans. Victory Place (pictured right) is made up of nine studios and eight one-bedroom apartments…. Read more »

You’re Invited – Fundraising & Financial Management Workshop hosted by Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente would like to invite your organization to attend a Learning Workshop. As a part of Kaiser Permanente’s committed focus on Capacity Building for non-profit organizations like yours we are partnering with the Non-Profit Association of Oregon to provide two learning sessions. We are proud to host Author Andy Robinson, a national trainer in… Read more »

Empty Bowls

As the holidays approach, those of us in Community Action service see the escalating impact of poverty in people’s lives. It’s colder outside. Bills are higher and food, as a less costly and more mutable expense, is often the need that gets ambushed in the process. That is why Empty Bowls Projects in food banks… Read more »

$350,000 Immediately Available to Help Homeless Veterans

SALEM, OR – Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) in partnership with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is pleased to announce the release of $350,000 in resources to provide immediate assistance for Oregon’s homeless veterans. Governor Kate Brown is leading the effort to end veteran homelessness in Oregon, and these funds will be implemented… Read more »

UCAN AmeriCorps Team Ramps up for the 2017/18 Service Year

New member orientation on August 30 for United Communities AmeriCorps, a program of the United Community Action Network (UCAN), was a dynamic mix of learning about the history of national service, civic engagement, and active citizenship, as well as team-building for strong future ties among members. There are 19 members in our service area, with… Read more »

Three generations combat isolation, loneliness as Senior Companions

In 1983, Evva Smith Young, a recent 74-year-old widow, became a Clackamas County Senior Companion, offering friendship and in-home assistance to isolated seniors and people with disabilities in the county. For 13 years, she helped countless seniors maintain their independence by running errands, completing easy household chores, and simply spending time with her clients. Her… Read more »

Client Story – Marion, Weatherization and Energy Assistance

At 82, Marion is enjoying life once again! She purchased her 1912 fixer upper in 1993 and remodeled it. At just 640 square feet, she called it her mini mansion! However, 20+ years later she realized that her home lacked the insulation and heating system necessary to keep her warm and healthy throughout the winter… Read more »