FCSS uses a “people helping people to help themselves” approach and offers a wide range of programs and services at the community level. Following are some examples of programs or services offered through FCSS:

    1. Services to assist communities to identify their social needs and develop responses to meet those needs, including:
      • raising public awareness around community issues,
      • developing strategies for community advocacy,
      • developing comprehensive social community plans and initiatives,
      • environmental scans, service reviews, strategic planning, program planning, or
      • in-kind support to community-based groups (until they are able to sustain themselves) such as provision of office space, printing, photocopying, help with preparing proposals, ect.;
    2. Services to promote, encourage and support volunteer work in the community, including:
      • recruitment, training and placement services,
      • resources to support volunteers, or
      • coordination of volunteer services;
    3. Services to inform the public of available services, including:
      • information and referral services,
      • community information directories,
      • newcomer services, or
      • interagency coordination;
    4. Services that promote the social development of children and their families, including:
      • parent-child development activities,
      • temporary or occasional parent relief services, or
      • support services for young school age children;
    5. Services that enrich and strengthen family life by developing skills so people can function more effectively within their own environment, including:
      • parenting and family life education and development programs,
      • marriage enrichment,
      • retirement planning,
      • programs for single adults and single parents,
      • courses designed to enhance self-awareness and personal growth,
      • individual, family and group counseling services that are educational and not treatment oriented, or
      • youth development services
    6. Services that enhance the quality of life of the retired and semi-retired, including:
      • home support services,
      • education and information services,
      • outreach and coordination services, or
      • self-help socialization activities.
    7. Ineligible Services:
      • Services provided under an FCSS Program must not provide primarily for the recreational needs or leisure time pursuits of individuals; offer direct assistance, including money, food, clothing or shelter, to sustain an individual or family; be primarily rehabilitative in nature; nor duplicate services that are ordinarily provided by a government or government agency.