The Community Service Center (CSC) of Oregon is an interdisciplinary organization that assists Oregon communities by providing planning and technical assistance to help solve local issues and improve the quality of life for Oregon residents. The CSC is housed at the University of Oregon. The role of the CSC is to link the skills, expertise, and innovation of higher education with the economic development and environmental needs of communities and regions in the State of Oregon, thereby providing service to Oregon and learning opportunities to the students involved.
Through the service-learning programs provided by the CSC, student participants gain important service and professional experience by helping to solve community and regional issues. Through its programs, the CSC works to establish relationships and strengthen the partnerships between faculty and students on Oregon University System (OUS) campuses and community representatives, state and local agencies, and non-profit organizations. The CSC provides six interrelated services.
- Community service coordination
- Technical assistance
- Community problem solving
- Connections with state and federal agencies
- Training for communities
- Applied research