Tom has been the Resource Development Officer of the Community Services Consortium for nine years and has been involved in raising nearly eight million dollars for various programs and services delivered under the CSC umbrella. CSC is a Community Action Agency providing a myriad of social services and supportive programs to often at-risk low-income adults, children and youth across a three-county area in rural Oregon – Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. The agency, with roughly 145 staff at any given time, now umbrellas five distinct 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations supporting each of the four major departments of Linn Benton Food Share, Direct Client Services, Head Start in Lincoln County and Community Housing Services. Each nonprofit allows the agency and each department to access and accept donations from corporations, private foundations and individual donors.

Tom is often the focal point for the agency on the coordination, writing and delivery of grant applications to corporations, private foundations and relevant agency opportunities that come up with local communities, counties, the region, state and the federal government. He is also often the person responsible for grant reporting and follow-up. Prior to becoming part of CSC, Tom spent a good many years in education both in and out of the US.

As a state Commissioner for Oregon Volunteers! The Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action and Service, and a current Co-Chair, Tom likes playing an active role in supporting AmeriCorps programs in Oregon and in helping young professionals develop their talents and skills for future careers with a slant towards active community service. He is also a Board member of the Mid-Valley Development Professionals organization, an emerging development organization that brings speakers and programs to development professionals in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

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Community Support: An Increasingly Essential Ingredient for Leveraging Grants

In 2002, Community Services Consortium, a Community Action Agency providing multiple services in three rural Oregon counties, developed a plan to build a Head Start Child and Family Care facility in Newport, OR. The plan was initiated to respond to a growing need for childhood services in the community and at the bequest of community…