Southwestern Community Services
Southwestern Community Services (SCS), one of New Hampshire’s five community action agencies, has served the needs of Cheshire and Sullivan county citizens since 1965. Our history began when President Lyndon Johnson commenced waging his war on poverty. As the battles continue, so do our efforts as advocates for those in need. Southwestern Community Services is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Our vision: SCS seeks to create and support a climate within the communities of southwestern New Hampshire wherein poverty is never accepted as a chronic or permanent condition of any person’s life.

Our mission: SCS strives to empower low income people and families. With dignity and respect, SCS will provide direct assistance, reduce stressors, and advocate for such persons and families as they lift themselves toward self-sufficiency. In partnership and in close collaboration with local communities, SCS will provide leadership and support to develop resources, programs, and services to further aid this population.

Some of our programs have undergone changes over the years, evolving and expanding as we strive to stay in touch and keep pace with the real needs of the people. Additionally, because the needs of the people are constantly changing, when it becomes necessary, we search out, or sometimes develop, new programs that will best serve those needs.

Our Agency leadership plays a vital role in assuring that our organization runs smoothly and as efficiently as possible.

The SCS Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from Sullivan and Cheshire counties who represent a broad spectrum of the population, including consumers, from throughout our service area.

SCS has a definite impact on the economy of the communities served in both counties. To learn more about how SCS affects your community, we invite you to review the SCS Economic Impact Report of the most current year, and to review the economic impact on your specific town.

Our funding base is diverse, ranging from federal to state and local governments, as well as private foundations and corporations.

SCS is a United Way partner agency of the Monadnock United Way.
  Head Start Program
  Cheshire County   United Way
Toll Free: 800.529.0005   
TTY-NH Relay: 800.735.2964
  Sullivan County  
  63 Community Way
PO Box 603     
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: 603.352.7512
Fax: 603.352.3618
    96-102 Main Street
PO Box 1338
Claremont, NH 03743
Phone: 603.542.9528
Fax: 603.542.3140

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