University of Oregon

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 8:00am
AmeriCorps Kickoff

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 1:00pm
2016 Fall Energy Symposium

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 9:00am
RARE Fall Training

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 9:30am
2016 Oregon and Washington APA Joint Conference


Astoria Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan is now an Award Winning Master Plan

ASTORIA, OR, September 27 - The Astoria Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan has received two exciting Awards for excellent planning and extraordinary community participation. Parks Director, Angela Cosby and former AmeriCorps RARE Volunteer and Park Planner, Ian Sisson, will be presented with the awards this fall. The first-ever parks and recreation plan for the City of Astoria was completed over the course of eleven months through the University of Oregon's Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program, and was adopted on July 18, 2016.

Wright joins LCP efforts

Will Wright is the latest addition in the ongoing endeavors of Lakeview Community Partnership (LCP) as Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) worker through the University of Oregon.

City, Main Street receive state awards

The city of Dalles and The Dalles Main Street have been recognized for their ongoing partnership to revitalize the downtown blocks. Main Street has also received an award for its new promotional publication that provides an overview of its diverse programs. The "Outstanding Partnership" award was accepted by The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence and Matthew Klebes, director of local Main Street program during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence celebration in Astoria on Sept. 15.

Hermiston adding Main Street coordinator

Hermiston’s downtown will get some extra attention over the next 11 months with the addition of a Main Street Program Coordinator. The new position was created for Emma Porricolo, a RARE participant. RARE stands for Resource Assistance for Rural Environments and is an Americorps service program with a mission of helping rural communities improve their “economic, social and environmental conditions.”

Art project displays dog sculptures in St. Helens

The people of St. Helens may be asking who let the dogs out? Approximately 30 artistic plywood cutout dogs recently appeared in the Plaza in front of the Columbia County Courthouse in St Helens. The St. Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO), a volunteer organization, is displaying 30 artistic cutout dog sculptures along St. Helens’ historic commercial streets during the summer of 2016.



2015-16 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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