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We are celebrating and supporting our Meals on Wheels program through Tapas and Treasures - a signature fundraising event hosted by the Rotary Club of Corvallis and the Cascades West Senior Service Foundation. The event is on July 12th at 5:00 pm at Garlands Nursey. More information is available at

We hope you can join us and support Meals on Wheels. Every ten dollars we raise provides a meal to a homebound senior or person with a disability. They also receive a friendly visit from a Meals on Wheels volunteer who ensures they are ok at home and do not need medical attention. Last year, we raised enough to provide about 750 meals. We’d like to double that number this year. If your community or organization would like to sponsor, host a Meals on Wheels fundraiser, or partner with us on one, please let us know. 


Fred Abousleman
Executive Director
Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments

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OCWCOG in the News
Developers eye wetlands as Oregon cities run out of buildable land, The Statesman Journal

Albany earns 25th year as a Tree City, The Albany Democrat-Herald
Unemployment rates show nearly three years of red hot economy for Albany, Corvallis areas, The Lebanon Express

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Event Update
The Rotary Club of Corvallis and Oregon Cascades West Senior Services Foundation are hosting Tapas and Treasures on July 12th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Garland Nursey. The event is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties, and will feature fantastic food, music, and treasures to be won. Event and raffle tickets are available at

CelebrateLBL - Celebrate Linn, Benton, and Lincoln - will bring together the local community, business leaders, regional stakeholders, and elected officials for a night of fun, comradery, celebration, and fundraising. Proceeds from CelebrateLBL go to the Meals on Wheels program. The event will take place in October in Linn County. (An exact date and location will be announced soon.) Registration will open in July. In the meantime, sponsorship opportunities are available at

During the CelebrateLBL event, OCWCOG will be presenting six Regional Awards - Citizen of the Region; Community Partner or Business of the Year; Project of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year; and Chair's Award. Nomination information is available at Nominations are due August 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm PT. 

Community and Economic Development (CED) Updates
Planning: CED Planning Staff is supporting the City of Sweet Home and Monroe on their long-range planning and Comprehensive Plan needs.
Planning Staff as participating in the monthly meeting of the Lincoln County Housing Study Technical Advisory Committee, in support of a project coordinated through the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).
For more information about OCWCOG’s Planning program, visit

OCWCOG Community Services Program (CSP) Updates
Benton County Veteran’s Services Office (VSO): The VSO provided support for the Corvallis Elks Lodge’s annual welcome home backpack program. The Elks provide backpacks containing items for military members returning to the community. The office contributed information about benefits and resources available, as well as notepads and ponchos. For more information on the Veterans program, visit
Meals on Wheels (MOW): The Sweet Home Meal Site was awarded $2,500 from the Sweet Home Community Foundation; Meal Site Manager Norene Dennis and MOW Supervisor Lengacher participated in the Foundation’s award ceremony. The event was covered in The New Era, click HERE for the article. For more information on the MOW program, visit

Money Management Program (MMP): Over the last eight months, MMP has added 13 new Representative Payee clients. For more information on the MMP, visit
Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative (OABHI): OAHBI Staff is coordinating with the Lebanon Senior Center on potential Older Americans Month activities. Staff is evaluating options with the Albany Senior Center, and Chintimini Senior & Community Center in Corvallis.

Senior Corps Programs: Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), and Senior Companion Program (SCP): RSVP volunteers from Albany, Brownsville, Corvallis, Lincoln City, Seal Rock, and Waldport are attending the Aging in Rural Oregon forum held in Lincoln City in May. Volunteers serve in the following programs: Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA), MOW, Friendly Visitor, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, and Food Share of Lincoln County. For more information on RSVP, visit

FGP added three new volunteers to the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) assignment, which is offered at OceanLake Elementary School (Lincoln City), Lincoln Elementary School (Corvallis), Philomath Elementary School (Philomath), Hamilton Creek School (Lebanon), and Sunrise Elementary School (Albany). For more information on FGP, visit
Senior Corps Program Supervisor Alicia Lucke met with the Lincoln County School District and Lincoln County SMART Program Managers; plans are in place to expand the literacy endeavor into Newport and Waldport for the 2019-2020 school year.
SCP was awarded $7,000 from the Benton County Special Transportation Advisory Council for the 2019-2021 biennium; funds will be used to bolster volunteer recruitment in the Cities of Monroe and Alsea.

OCWCOG Senior and Disability Services (SDS) Updates
Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization In 2019: The OAA, which is up for reauthorization this year, supports a wide range of social services and programs for individuals aged 60 years or older. Regionally, OAA funding supports Meals on Wheels, family caregivers, health promotion classes, and elder justice programs. Aging program advocates nationally are working collaboratively to urge Congress to increase funding for the OAA. Funding increases reflect changes in demand, demographics, goals, and objectives.

Specifically, OCWCOG is partnering with the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) on a policy briefing. OCWCOG’s focus is on increasing funding and flexibility in how spending is utilized. OCWCOG encouraged adding language about being able to use OAA funds on pilot projects, such as OCWCOG’s Connected Communities Project, a pilot utilizing technology to support high-need homebound Medicaid consumers in achieving better health outcomes.

Adult Protective Services (APS): The number of complaints received by the OCWCOG’s APS Screening Team is trending higher. Monthly numbers for the first quarter of 2019 are higher than for the first quarter of 2018. A growing number of seniors, as well as increased outreach and education, are the most likely reason for the increase in complaints.
Training focuses on recognizing the “red flags” of abuse and how to file a complaint. Current and upcoming APS recruitments are to help counterbalance the higher workload. OCWCOG APS Supervisors will continue to assess the numbers going forward, but this is a Statewide issue. The following graph compares the numbers for 2018 and 2019.

Month Complaints
January 200 272
February 174 224
March 178 234

For more information on APS, visit   
OCWCOG Transportation Updates

Albany Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO): AAMPO is working on a scenario planning project that will use sensitivity testing to evaluate the effects of potential policy changes to achieve desired Regional outcomes (greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, land use development, etc.). Partners for this strategic assessment include the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
AAMPO and the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) held their first joint meeting of their Technical Advisory Committees this month to discuss regional transportation project collaborations.  
For more information about AAMPO, visit
Regional Park and Ride: Transportation Staff continues to move forward with the Regional Park and Ride Plan. The next round of stakeholder meetings will be held at the end of May in both the Valley and the Coast. For more information, visit
Pedal Corvallis: The Pedal Corvallis program continues to see ridership growth. January through March 2019 ridership increased 80 percent compared to the same period in 2018. For more information, visit
Marys Peak to Pacific Scenic Byway: OCWCOG is working with local and State partners to promote this Scenic Byway. ODOT and Travel Oregon have selected the Byway for a pilot project – the development of a ten-site gps-based audio guide with TravelStorys. For more information on the Byway, visit
Cascades West Area Commission on Transportation (CWACT): In March, CWACT reviewed projects submitted for the State Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) discretionary fund within our Region. More information will be released soon. For more information about CWACT, visit
CAMPO: CAMPO initiated a voluntary process to track Regional transportation performance measures. Initial goals and objectives have been established; the process will continue in the coming months.
CAMPO is participating in a workgroup on emerging technology with ODOT, Portland State University, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and other MPOs across the State. The goal is to better understand how connected and autonomous vehicles, as well as new modes, such as scooters and e-bikes, impact travel demand models, which are the primary tool used for long-range transportation planning.
In collaboration with Corvallis Transit System (CTS), CAMPO will be developing a public transit agency safety plan as part of the new Federal Transit Agency (FTA) requirements. A significant cost savings is expected by opting to complete the plan locally, without the use of a consultant.
For more information about CAMPO, visit

Linn-Benton Loop: CAMPO, in collaboration with AAMPO, the City of Albany, and the City of Corvallis, are wrapping up a Service Development Plan for the Linn-Benton Loop. With new funds available from HB 2017, the Plan outlines a phased approach to increase service and frequency on the popular service that runs between Albany and Corvallis. For more information, visit

Grant Opportunities creates FAQs from City, Town, and County Governments Seeking Federal Grants
When meeting recently with several mayors, commissioners, and local officials, learned that many local officials feel overwhelmed when searching and applying for federal grants. Several key questions came up in their conversations, which turned into this FAQ sheet.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Local Government Grant Program: Applications Due: May 15th for Planning Grants (Up to $40,000); Large and Small Grant application deadlines have already passed. 
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for the Local Government Grant Program. The funds are to be awarded for outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities, acquisition of property for park purposes, bicycle recreation opportunities, and non-motorized water-based recreation. 

USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants – Traditional DLT Applications Due: May 15th; Opioid DLT application deadlines have already passed. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding two DLT Grants, one for the program that has been operated annually (Traditional DLT) and one is for projects related to prevention, treatment, or recovery for opioid use disorder in rural areas (Opioid DLT). Traditional DLT helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another.

Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment - Applications Due: May 17th
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for FY 2019 Transforming Lives through Supported Employment grants. The purpose of the program is to support state and community efforts to refine, implement, and sustain evidence-based supported employment programs and mutually compatible and supportive evidence-based practices for transition-aged youth/young adults (ages 16-25) with serious emotional disturbance and adults with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program - Applications Due: May 28th
The CPD program is used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. The program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective community policing strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement and community partners, increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using proven community policing practices, and institutionalize community policing practice in routine business.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 DHS Preparedness Grants - Applications Due: May 29th
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of FY 2019 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.7 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

USDA ReConnect Program – Combined Loan and Grant Applications Due: May 29th; Loan Application Deadline June 28th; Grant only application deadline has already passed. 
The USDA Office of Rural Development is offering up to $600 million nationwide in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America through a new pilot program, the ReConnect Program. USDA will make available approximately $200 million in grants, $200 million in low-interest loans, and $200 million in loan and grant combinations. Projects funded must serve communities with fewer than 20,000 people that have no broadband service or where existing service is slower than 10 megabits per second (mbps) download and 1 mbps upload. Proposed projects must create access speeds of at least 25 mbps upload and 3 mbps download. Priority will be given to projects that propose to deliver higher-capacity connections to rural homes, businesses, and farms.

Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program Applications - Application Deadlines: Grants - May 31st; Loan/Grant Combinations - June 21st; Low-Interest Loans: July 12th
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available up to $200 million in grants, $200 million in loan and grant combinations, and $200 million in low-interest loans to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America. Funds will be awarded to projects that have financially sustainable business models that will bring high-speed broadband to rural homes, businesses, farms, ranches, and community facilities such as first responders, health care sites and schools. USDA will be holding webinars this week to provide overviews of various aspects of the ReConnect application: Thursday, May 2 at 11:00 am PT - Application Walkthrough: Mapping; First webinar - Walkthrough: Financial - has already passed; it was at 11:00 am PT on April 30th. Contact USDA for a recording. 

FY 2019 WIFIA Assistance - Letters of Interest Due: July 5th
The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program opened its third selection round, allowing prospective borrowers to submit letters of interest. The program accelerates investment in our nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. In the letter of interest, the prospective borrower provides information to demonstrate its project’s eligibility, financial creditworthiness, engineering feasibility, and alignment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) policy priorities. If EPA selects the project, the prospective borrower will be invited to submit an application. The agency will only select projects it expects might reasonably proceed to closing. A webinar about this event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT. Registration for this free webinar is available HERE.

Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee - Applications Due: September 30th
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an Agency of the USDA, has announced that it is accepting applications for the FY 2019 for the Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program (the Broadband Program). The Broadband Program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas.

Job Opportunities at OCWCOG

Accounting Payroll Clerk, Various Coastal Communities
APS Specialist, Toledo
Help Desk Specialist, Albany
PT Meal Site Manager, Siletz and Toledo
Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Albany

For more information:

Internship Opportunities at OCWCOG

College students can propose or apply for an internship, Albany

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Upcoming Events

May 16th
OCWCOG Board of Directors Meeting
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

May 20th
Free Medicare Class
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

For a list of all events:
Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), on behalf of the member governments, carries out a variety of local, State, and Federal programs. The majority of funding is provided by way of contracts to administer specific services. As an Oregon intergovernmental entity, OCWCOG can provide for, or on behalf of, its member governments any service that they are authorized to provide. Whether it is helping a business find appropriate capital, helping seniors and persons with disabilities plan for independent living, or coordinating local roads improvement priorities, OCWCOG offers these and many other innovative services to the local governments and residents of Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties. For more information, visit

OCWCOG's members are the Counties of Benton, Lincoln, and Linn; the Cities: Adair Village, Albany, Brownsville, Corvallis, Depoe Bay, Halsey, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Millersburg, Monroe, Newport, Philomath, Scio, Siletz, Sweet Home, Tangent, Toledo, Waldport, and Yachats; the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians; and the Port of Newport.
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