Cowlitz County is now part of a national service program where people of all ages and backgrounds earn a stipend and an education award in return for an 11-month commitment to serve the community. The Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments and United Way boards jointly approved the selection of a local non-profit, Life Works, to develop the program and provide day-to-day support and oversight. Fiscal management responsibility has resided with Grantee, United Way of Cowlitz County, from the program’s inception to December 2010. United Way released that responsibility to LifeWorks in January 2011. The program is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service from offices in Olympia, Washington.
The Cowlitz Community Network brings the community together and creates opportunities to help at-risk youth and families succeed. The goal is to create a healthier Cowlitz County.
The 4-H youth program is a partnership program with Washington State University Extension and Cowlitz County. The program is built on a strong foundation of “4-H clubs” being taught and led by adult volunteers who have a willingness and desire to work with youth ranging in ages from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Cowlitz Chaplaincy is committed to: Providing support services to Police/Fire/EMS personnel and their families; Crisis intervention support to the community in times of need; Relational, emotional and spiritual support to anyone (regardless of faith base) upon request. Chaplains serve free of charge by invitation in three specific areas: emotional, relational, and spiritual. Chaplains are not police officers/firefighters, they serve as CARE givers.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Department of Emergency Management coordinates and facilitates emergency management activities for the Cities of Longview, Kelso, Castle Rock, Woodland and Kalama and for all unincorporated areas of Cowlitz County. In addition, DEM works directly with the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the State Homeland Security Region IV which includes Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties. The department has a staff of three full-time paid personnel, which is augmented by a large cadre of trained, dedicated volunteers.
Cowlitz County District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. The court hears criminal, civil, traffic infraction, and miscellaneous cases filed by: Washington State Patrol, Cowlitz County Sheriff, Cowlitz County Humane Society, Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney, Department of Natural Resources, State Department of Fish and Wildlife
Family Court Services is a department of Superior Court which manages the Superior Court Guardian ad Litem Registry.
Pending cases in which a Family Court investigation has previously been ordered are being transitioned to the Guardian ad Litem registry.
The appointed Guardians ad Litem will conduct investigations and make recommendations to the Court regarding primary residential placement, parenting plans and residential schedules, third party custody cases, and joint parenting plan requests.
Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity (CCHFH) works together with God and people from all walks of life, to develop partnerships with people in need by building and renovating houses, creating simple and affordable homes in decent communities in which every person can experience God's love and can live and grow into all that God intends.
Public Health Mission: "To promote physical and mental health, and prevent disease, injury, and disability" The Cowlitz Health and Human Services Departments are co-located in Longview Washington. Both departments provide a wide variety of public health services for Cowlitz County residents.
Communicable Disease Control & Prevention
Public Health Emergency Response; Epidemiology and Public Information
Maternal and Child Health; WorkFirst Evaluations, Children with Special Health Care Needs, Nurse Family Partnership Home Visiting Program