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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Upcoming Events

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

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

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 5:00am
RARE AmeriCorps Member Applications Due


RARE AmeriCorps Applications NOW AVAILABLE!

Are you interested in community building, natural resources, food security, natural hazard planning, economic development or land use planning? Does your organization have community building, natural resources, food security, natural hazard planning, economic development or land use planning projects that you do not have resources to complete?  If so, you should consider applying to the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program. 

LCP seeks volunteers for Alger project

Lakeview Community Partnership (LCP) is currently studying the feasibility of reopening the Alger Theater and is seeking volunteers to help move the process along. 

Our New Neighbors: Downtown Association manager wowed by Pendleton history, hospitality

Molly Turner moved to Pendleton in September, and is the program manager for the Pendleton Downtown Association From the colorful hills to the friendly faces, Molly Turner said she hit the jackpot when she moved to Pendleton earlier this year. “Pendleton is so nice,” said Turner, 22, who arrived in September. “The people here are so great. I can’t get over it.”

Pendleton’s downtown Holiday Stroll delivers the goods

Downtown Pendleton thrummed Saturday night as hundreds bundled up and took to the snow-covered streets for the first Old Fashioned Holiday Stroll. Businesses stayed open late, some offered free hot chocolate, the burgeoning Oregon Grain Growers set up a stand and offered — to adults only, of course ­— free tastes of their vodka and whiskey. Sisters in Song and the Pendleton Men’s Chorus trod Main and filled the air with carols. And smiles were in abundance.

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.



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