Since 1974, Labor's Community Service Agency, Inc., a partnership program of labor & United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, has reached out to support working families and their communities through a mix of health and human services, community events, advocacy, education, referral, grant programs, and collaborative efforts.
Supportive Service Programs
BOLI-LCSA PRE-APPRENTICESHIP CHILDCARE INITIATIVE
Pre-apprenticeship is a life-changing, tuition-free pathway into the highly-skilled, high-paying construction industry. However, too often, potential candidates for pre-apprenticeship do not apply because the burden of childcare is too great.
The BOLI-LCSA Pre-apprenticeship Childcare Initiative (PACCI) was developed to remove the childcare barrier and encourage entry into the building trades workforce.
PRESENTS FROM PARTNERS TOY DRIVE & HOLIDAY GIVING PARTY
We call it a Labor of Love.
Originating in 1997 as a partnership of LCSA, the NW Oregon Labor Council, Saturn of Beaverton, and the Safehaven after school program for children at risk, PRESENTS FROM PARTNERS has grown and evolved to become one of the most appreciated December events in our community. The toy drive and Giving Party now help unemployed families throughout Greater Portland to enjoy the holidays in a grand way. With the help of hundreds of dedicated local union volunteers from across the labor spectrum and the support of labor and community partners, PRESENTS FROM PARTNERS decks the halls of the facility with festivities, food, and gifts galore. Over 400 children and their families were served in 2017 alone and thousands of toys and gifts were donated by generous Unionists.
HELPING HANDS TEMPORARY HARDSHIP ASSISTANCE
Helping Hands is our signature safety net program for working families unable to make ends meet due to temporary loss of income. In the last year, over 175 qualified families received help in paying rent or utilities during a layoff or company closure, medical emergency or other short-term hardship.
BOLI-ODOT HEAVY HIGHWAY APPRENTICE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
Since 2016, LCSA has facilitated emergency assistance to Oregon’s heavy highway apprentices. This retainment program, funded by Bureau of Oregon Labor & Industry and Oregon Department of of Transportation, helps apprentices maintain stability during a hardship that threatens their ability to work or maintain their schooling. ODOT qualifying trades includes Painters, Cement Masons, Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Ironworkers.
RESOURCE NAVIGATOR TRAINING
Since 2011, LCSA has trained over 300 people in how to locate and share resources – from counseling to financial assistance, legal issues to social services and more – using active listening skills and 2-1-1 info. Trained Resource Navigators serve as a knowledgeable community resource contact for union members, offices or church groups, neighbors, friends, and family. Best of all, Resource Navigator Training is FREE!
If you would like more information on the program and how to set up training for your group, call us at 503-231-4962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY DINNER PROGRAMS
Out-of-work families often go without the traditional holiday dinner celebrations that many of us take for granted in November and December. Through our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner programs, unemployed families enjoy a complete holiday meal shared at home around the dinner table. In the past two years, Labor’s Community helped over 128 unemployed families (515 people total) put a holiday meal on the table despite the financial strain of job loss.
The Union plant announces its closure. A represented company plans to relocate out of the area. Your shop steward calls to say his employer just announced cuts in production and jobs.
Employees facing layoff have serious concerns and questions about their future, especially when it comes to financial security and changing jobs. What can labor leaders do to help make the process easier for members?
Call Labor's Community Service Agency (503-231-4962) and ask to speak with your local Dislocated Worker Labor Liaison as soon as you learn of a Union workforce reduction. We will work together with you and a team of layoff transition professionals to bring your members timely, helpful information and resources for unemployment insurance filing, job links, free programs and services, free resume writing and employment workshops, training opportunities, and much more.
In partnership with Worksystems, Inc. and WorkSource Portland Metro through State and Federal funding for Rapid Response and Early Intervention Dislocated Worker Services.