South Coast Social Services Connect is a monthly meeting for Coos and Curry County nonprofits and community partners. This informal session typically includes 1-2 presenters and ample time for participants to meet and network with community partners, share information about their organizations, and learn about community organizations and projects happening on our southern Oregon coast. All social service providers and community advocates are welcome to attend!

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Meeting Info
Notes from prior meetings:
January 2021 (211info)
February 2021 (HIV Alliance)
March 2021 (CASA, South Coast Business)
Community Resources
Current Grant Opportunities
Local COVID-19 Resources
Scholarship Opportunities
Trainings/Resources


Meeting Info

Here is the standing zoom link:
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Community Resources

  • Direct service agencies, please list your organizations at https://www.211info.org/ (contact Becky Yeager – becky.yaeger@211info.org – if you need help)
  • Curry County organizations, list or update your organization’s information at Wild Rivers Connect (https://wildriversconnect.org/) – also submit volunteer opportunities, news stories, press releases
  • Coos County organizations, list or update your organization’s information at South Coast Oregon Connects (https://southcoastconnects.org/) – also submit calendar events, volunteer opportunities, news stories, press releases (all new organization listings submitted in April will be entered into a raffle drawing!)

Community Grants

  • Advanced Health – Coos/Curry County: Under their Supporting Health for All through Reinvestment (SHARE) Initiative, Advanced Health is accepting applications for Housing/Homelessness, Nutrition, and Trauma-Informed Care (ages 0-5) that supports workforce development and employment. The application and additional details can be found at http://advancedhealth.com/community-focus-share/. Applications are due April 29, 2021 @ 4pm.
  • AllCare Health – Curry County (please contact carrie.prechtel@allcarehealth.com if you have any questions): https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/fc3da7fbd8724920b958f0d2d2dbaf2d
  • South Coast Regional Early Learning Hub Community Investment grants for programs impacting pregnant mothers and/or children age 0-6, and addressing at least one of the Early Learning System goals in Raise Up Oregon – https://www.screlhub.com/apply-for-funds
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Community Mental Health Centers (Short Title: CMHC) grant program. This program enables  community mental health centers to support and restore the delivery of clinical services that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and effectively address the needs of individuals with serious emotional disturbance (SED), serious mental illness (SMI), and individuals with SMI or SED and substance use disorders, referred to as co-occurring disorder (COD). Applications are due May 21, 2021. More information here: Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) Grant Program | SAMHSA
  • Not a grant opportunity, but nonprofits are encouraged to complete Oregon Community Foundation’s Organizational Profile Tool – this helps OCF inform donors about your work: https://oregoncf.org/grants-and-scholarships/grants-resources/organization-profile-tool/

Local COVID-19 Resources


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Coos-Curry Electric Charitable Foundation announces their one-time “LUCK OF THE DRAW” scholarships for graduating high school seniors and home-schooled students living in the Brookings, Gold Beach, Port Orford, Bandon, Coquille or Myrtle Point/Powers school districts. Applications are due April 29, 2021. More information can be found here: https://www.ccecf.org/community-activities
  • Curry Student Success Fund Educational Scholarships are due May 1, 2021 – https://www.curryssf.com/
  • The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area has opened applications for their second Patty J Barton Memorial Scholarship (up to $20,000), available to Coos County students and paid directly to the student’s accredited school of choice. Applications are due May 15, 2021. More information and a link to the application can be found here: https://083.892.myftpupload.com/scholarships/

Training/Resources


March 9, 2021 – CASA and South Coast Business

  • Audio recording
  • Greg Dalton (CASA of Coos and Curry): gdalton@orcca.us / 541-435-7103
    • Court Appointed Special Advocates – volunteers advocating for the best interest of children in foster care (visits, reporting to the court, being part of a care team)
    • Contact Greg to learn more about volunteering with CASA or donating to foster families in Coos/Curry
    • Coos Foster Resource Closet donations accepted: New items primarily (car seats must be new), ‘gently used’ clothing in good shape
    • Curry donations: contact Every Child Curry
    • Ask to join the Foster Coalition of Coos and Curry Facebook page
  • Mo Aakre (South Coast Business)
  • Community updates:
          • Virtual Volunteer Fair for Coos and Curry on Wednesday, March 31 (12-2pm): Contact Paul Addis (Coos Bay Public Library)
          • Ariana Ryzebol (Coastal Suicide Preventionist for North Bend VA): Trainings coming soon!
          • Mikah Levitt (KAIROS): Openings for peer support for Coos youth, skills training, wraparound care. Open access hours available, self-referrals OK. 541-267-3511
          • Stacey Reynolds (South Coast OR Connects): Hosts Coos community information, news, events, etc. Coos organizations and businesses should register in the directory. Raffle prize for new March entries!
          • Gordon Clay (Curry Co Suicide Prevention and Awareness Council): Recommend everyone who has Netflix, check out Will Smith’s six one-hour sessions on “AMEND: The history of the 14th Amendment” up to January 2021 and how it has been blocked and continues to be blocked from totally taking affect.
          • Connie Hunter (veteran services): Curry Co and Brookings passed proclamation to honor veterans and their families. Please refer veterans in need to those who work in veteran services. New VJO, Linda Shannon.
          • Carol Salter (Easter Seals): If you have need of an office volunteer, we have seniors looking for work experience (we pay them, you don’t).
          • Beth Barker-Hidalgo (Curry Homeless Coalition): Wednesday March 10, Chetco library free COVID testing, 11-3p. Register here.
          • Joe Kuehner (Bandon Inclusivity Group): Engaging Bandon area residents in creating an inclusive, just and fair community. Very active group! Check out their new website!
          • Laura Moore (ORCCA): Additional rental assistance available for residents at 80% AMI or less. 541-435-7080.
          • Teri Moore (WorkSource): Phase 2 FreeGeek laptop program. Recipients must be participating in SNAP program/receiving SNAP benefits. www.oregonstep.info
          • Brittney Forbes (Coos Drop): Student support group each Thursday @ 5pm, LGBT support group Weds, self care and empowerment meets every other Wednesday @ 5pm. Young parents group Tuesdays @ 5pm. Food boxes, hygiene kits, activity kits, art kits available. Open to youth 25 and under, Coos or Curry County.
          • Malissa Trojan (Coquille Valley Hospital): If you know of anyone looking for a hospital social worker position, we have one open. Job posting here.
          • Commissioner Court Boice (Curry County): Wrapped up movie filming for Planet 65 in Curry. Great feedback from the crew. Very exciting!

        February 9, 2021 – HIV Alliance

          • Audio recording
          • Dane Zahner (HIV Alliance): dzahner@allianceor.org
            • Services include HIV and HCV testing, syringe exchange services, and naloxone outreach and overdose prevention on the southern Oregon coast. Many clients were served during the pandemic.
            • Volunteer opportunities are available! Contact Dane to learn more.
            • See presentation for more information.
          • Community announcements:
              • From Don Ford: Harmony United Methodist Church will soon be partnering with HIV Alliance on services.
              • From Doreen Kelly: We have several job openings right now at South Coast Hospice and our Thrift Store.  Visit our website at www.schospice.org.
              • From  Pam Connelly: I help with a parent support group. PAL Parents of Addicted Loved Ones. Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (palgroup.org)
              • From  Mellissah Hendrickson: South Coast Business has employment and training service available. Even though WorkSource is closed the public we are providing services virtually. We have scholarships for truck driving, and an on the job training opportunity for a pressure washer in Coos. We are also hiring a Career Consultant in Curry. Positions are listed on our Facebook page. Job seekers can also reach out to me directly mhendrickson@scbec.org 541-315-7210
              • From Annabel Taylor: SCBEC working directly with Coos and Curry schools to work with youth 16-18 to place them into 1:1 opportunities with local businesses to teach work ethics, job responsibilities, etc.
              • From  Gordon Clay: Info to group If you are interested in knowing what issues Oregonians are texting to the Crisis Text Line 741741 about and their  co-occurring issues, see https://bit.ly/3on6MjG. It is a 25 month record to date. A LOT of additional information as to day of the week, hour of the day, etc. if presented. New monthly data is usually added on the 3rd of each following month.
              • From Jen Shafer: Every Child in Coos and Curry are offering tutoring programs for youth in foster care. For more information, contact Bonnie Ell for Curry (everychildcurry@gmail.com) and Grant Crim for Coos (everychildcoos@unitedwayswo.org).


            January 5, 2021 – 211info

              • Becky Yaeger (211info) – becky.yaeger@211info.org
                • https://www.211info.org/
                • https://www.211info.org/search-resources – Find available client resources in your area
                • http://www.navigateresources.net/info/Request.aspx – “For Providers” to list your organization
                • https://www.211info.org/reporting – All that great data Becky presented on demographics and inquiry types, by county
              • Community updates
                • From Pam Connelly (Coos County): I’m associated with PAL Parents of Addicted loved ones. palgroup.org. We meet twice a month at Kaffe 101. Details and contact info on the website (https://meetings.palgroup.org/meetings/5973). I’m also available to train and distribute Naloxone to individuals or groups.
                • From Gabi Colton (Coos County, Youth Era): Still trucking along with great virtual programs. Currently we have a student support group, LGBTQ+ empowerment group, Young Parents Group, Adulting group, and a Recovery group. We are also providing peer support on Twitch, Discord, Facebook, and Instagram. All services open to any youth under 25.  (https://www.youthera.org/coos-drop-team)
                • From Malissa Trojan (Coquille Valley Hospital): Senior Life Solutions has openings in their group/individual mental health support program in Coquille, anyone who is on Medicare qualifies, and is free for them. Senior Life Solutions – Coquille Valley Hospital (cvhospital.org)
                • From Teri Moore/Clayton Willet/Melissah Hendrickson (Worksource/SWOCC/SCBEC): SNAP Training and Employment Program (STEP) – Oregon Employment Department’s STEP program is designed to assist individuals receiving SNAP benefits to obtain skills, training, work experience, and employment to increase their ability to obtain living-wage employment. Career coaches can help develop a plan to reach training and employment goals.  They will also provide access to great employment opportunities that match an individual’s skills and interests.  https://www.oregonstep.info/
                • From Melissah Hendrickson (SCBEC): Assistance available for job searches, employment readiness, and other services. mhendrickson@scbec.org