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County Community Service Center Receives Achievement Award from National Association of Counties

(Westminster) The County Community Service Center in Westminster (CCSC) received a 2010 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties, recognizing its innovation as an adaptable center that is uniquely responsive to ever-changing public needs. Bringing together major service agencies in the County, the CCSC removes communication and physical barriers to service by acting as a one-stop center for County residents.

Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Chair of the Board of Supervisors, put forth her vision for the CCSC in the hopes of increasing efficiency and reducing frustration in accessing county services. Established by the Board of Supervisors in 2007, the CCSC opened to the public in October of 2007 providing referral and outreach services. Departments and organizations represented at the CCSC include the Health Care Agency, the Social Services Agency, CalOptima, the Orange County Housing Authority, the Orange County Office on Aging, as well as other non-profits throughout Orange County.

Assistance is provided to visitors in obtaining information about other county, city, state and federal programs. In addition, the CCSC is used for special events such as free flu shot clinics, town hall informational events, public education workshops etc. In less than three years, the CCSC staff has served nearly eighteen thousand residents. In October 2009, the CCSC assisted 2,333 County residents, the highest numbers of visitors in one month.

“The County Community Services Center serves approximately 1,000 constituents each month and has proven to be an invaluable resource for residents throughout the County,” said Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “I am proud to accept this award from the National Association of Counties in recognition of our efforts to make County government more accessible and understandable.”

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,068 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. NACo's membership totals more than 2,000 counties, representing over 80 percent of the nation's population.

Supervisor Janet Nguyen serves as Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and represents the First District. She also serves as Chair of the OCTA’s Transit Committee. She represents more than 600,000 people, covering the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster and the unincorporated community of Midway City. Orange County ranks sixth in the nation as the most populous county and has the nation’s seventh highest annual budget.

Contact: Kathryn Feather 714.834.3110