The agency was originally organized in 1946 as the Clark County Council of Community Agencies, with seven founding member organizations. The Council expanded and reorganized in May 1951, as the Vancouver Council of Social Agencies.
Official incorporation of the agency is recorded on February 8, 1957. During this year, the Clark County United Fund (which was co-located and to some degree operated under the umbrella of the Council) allocated funds for an executive who served the Council and helped to coordinate the United Fund fundraising campaign and social planning in Clark County.
A Committee on Aging was established under the Council in 1959. In 1966, the name of the organization was changed to the Health and Welfare Planning Council (HWPC), following a trend for the establishment of health and welfare planning councils nationwide and the need for such an activity confirmed by a local study. Over the years the agency has housed a number of different programs supporting seniors, people with disabilities, youth and other at-risk populations in SW Washington.
In 1990, the agency selected and implemented a change in its name and logo to "update" the image of the agency. "Human Services" implied helpfulness, being people oriented and specific to the agency's tasks. "Council" suggested stability, credibility, and the representational nature of the Board and Advisory Councils. The tree logo represented a single agency rooted in the community and offering many programs and services through its branches.
Today the Human Services Council continues to serve individuals in SW Washington.
The Human Services Council provides people with access to services, transportation and volunteer opportunities to impact their lives and strengthen our Southwest Washington community.
Core Values: Community at the HSC is a sense of responsibility and contribution to society that collectively defines our work. We serve our community by continuously seeking to understand and meet the changing needs of the community both externally and internally.
We demonstrate P.R.I.D.E. in all of our actions and interactions:
• Passion by putting our enthusiasm, heart and mind in our work to give the very best to those we serve.
• Respect of self and others to maintain and improve our services and workplace.
• Integrity through our work in a way that is honest, transparent and ethical.
• Dependability by maintaining a standard of excellence in our work so that our internal and external customers, partners and community can rely on us.
• Empathy by showing clients and the community that our service comes from a place of caring and understanding.
The Human Services Council is a non-profit corporation established in 1957. Throughout its existence, the agency has worked to coordinate the effective delivery of community services including transportation services and volunteer resources in Southwest Washington.