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LEBANON — The first Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in Linn and Benton counties will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov 12 at The River Center, 3000 South Santiam Highway.

The event will focus on helping homeless veterans connect with needed services.

Donations of clothing, food, and hygiene items are being coordinated by the Community Services Consortium.

Health screenings, Social Security benefits counseling, and dental services also will be provided. Veterans can also receive referrals to health care providers, health insurance, housing solutions, employment, substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling.

Transportation will be available to veterans who need a ride to the event. Shuttle service will leave Two Rivers Market, 250 Broadalbin Street SW, Albany, every two hours starting at 8 a.m.

Corvallis and Benton County veterans can get bus passes from Community Outreach Inc., 865 N.W. Reiman Ave., Corvallis. In Sweet Home, veterans should meet at the VFW, 580 Main St., for pick-up and drop-off.

Volunteers are needed to help with food preparation and service, to be greeters, and to provide a friendly face to aid the veteran with a personal level of care. To volunteer, or make a donation of food, clothing, hygiene items, or money, contact CSC, 250 SW Broadalbin Street S.W., Suite 2A, Albany 97321, or call 541-928-6335 and ask for Sarah Hilton.

Stand downs are collaborative events that provide basic necessities and services to veterans and are coordinated among local veteran support organizations, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers. This Stand Down is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Labor, Willamette Chapter 17 of Disabled American Veterans, Inc., local support agencies like Community Services Consortium, and concerned citizens.

Community Services Consortium (CSC) is a state-designated Community Action Agency serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties with housing, nutrition, economic stability, and educational assistance programs since 1980.

To learn more about Community Services Consortium, visit Donations may be made through the website or mailed to Community Services Consortium, 245 Broadalbin Street, Suite 2A, Albany, OR 97321.

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Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.