University of Oregon

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 9:30am
RARE Winter Training

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 9:30am
Oregon Small Farms Conference

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 8:00am
Cesar Chavez Day of Service


Smart Energy: A network of rural communities coming together for our energy future

Making Energy Work for rural Oregon was a series of workshops put on in six different rural Oregon communities starting in the fall of 2015. During these workshops, attendees learned about energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that could benefit their towns, and where to find the resources necessary to make those projects happen. This past Thursday, Douglas County hosted a Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon Symposium, a gathering of these communities with additional participation from Eugene, Ashland and Bend.

Hood River’s ‘energy future’

Marla Harvey, a RARE AmeriCorps volunteer, has stepped into a newly created position: Hood River County’s energy and sustainability coordinator. Local government boards and Energy Trust of Oregon have pooled together funding to create the position, which will lead to a comprehensive vision and energy action plan. The post is funded by the cities and the ports of Hood River and Cascade Locks, Hood River County, and and Energy Trust of Oregon, in addition to matching funds from the RARE AmeriCorps program.

Gluckin Rare Works Tourism

POLK COUNTY — Emily Gluckin has already started breathing new life and energy into the Polk County Rural Tourism Studio, a project that kicked off in January 2015. Gluckin, 23, is a volunteer with Resource Assistance for Rural Environment, an Americorps program. She is working with the Rural Tourism Studio focus groups to help further plans and get the gears moving on attracting tourists to Polk County.

Parks development one of Hesseling's goals as new Main Street Coordinator

REEDSPORT -- The community has a new Main Street Coordinator who brings a wealth of parks experience to the role. Erik Hesseling has several key jobs he'll be looking at in the coming weeks and months. One consists of getting a kayak launching dock underway by the Les Schwab parking lot next to Scholfield Bridge. The work includes: grants; designing; building the dock and related efforts. This is part of the Levee Loop Trail. Hesseling also wants to strengthen the Main Street Committee in several ways.

New RARE member joins GBA staff

BANDON -- Dana Nichols is the newest addition to the Greater Bandon Association staff, serving as a RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) AmeriCorps member. Nichols will take on the role of Program Manager during her time with GBA, working to coordinate all of the exciting events and activities planned for this year. In addition, she will also spend part of her time working in the Planning Department at the City of Bandon.  



2016-17 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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