Services (SCS), one of New Hampshire’s five
community action agencies, has served the needs of
Cheshire and Sullivan county citizens for more than
48 years. Our history began in 1965 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.
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.
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
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.
SCS is provided by the
Senior Team and our
Directors. Each plays a vital role in assuring that
the agency runs smoothly and as efficiently as
Board of Directors is
comprised of 18 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
Impact Report of the most current year, and to
review the economic impact on your specific
Our funding base is diverse, ranging from
federal to state and local governments, as well as
private foundations and corporations.
a United Way partner agency of both the
United Way and the
Sullivan County United Way.