Community Services Office (CSO) -Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS)

Services Provided: Services available to families and individuals, including cash, medical, food, child care and social services. The CSO administers state and federal public welfare programs. These include medical programs for aged, blind and disabled individuals, children and pregnant women. We also administer medical programs that assist Medicare recipients with their co-pays and deductibles and with drug and alcohol treatment. There are other medical assistance programs available so we encourage anyone to apply who may be in need of medical assistance.


W.S.U. Cowlitz County Extension

Informal research-based education to the community in the areas of: 4-H Youth Development; Leadership Development; Food Safety and Nutrition; Horticulture and Natural Resources; Family Budgeting; Clothing and Textiles; Parenting; Composting and Recycling; Working with Volunteers; Master Gardener Clinics.  Education is provided by workshops, written publications, one-on-one responses to phone calls, newsletters and volunteer outreach.


United Way of Cowlitz County

About United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. In 1959 the first United Way fundraising campaign took place in Longview as the Cowlitz County United Fund. The goal of that campaign was $100,000 to be allocated to 12 charitable organizations. That first effort raised $107,069, surpassing its goal by 7%. In ten year’s time, the Cowlitz County United Fund grew by 100%. The United Way is considered a “full-service” United Way – it is a community problem-solving institution and manages resources to increase the capacity of people to care for one another.