University of Oregon

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Annual Impact

Year 21 in Numbers

RARE completed its 21st year in 2014 - 2015.  Our 23 participants served in communities across the state from Bandon to Enterprise, from Astoria to Lakeview and nineteen other places in between.  Collectively, our participants organized over 1,527 community volunteers for a total of almost 9,043 additional service hours in their communities.  RARE participants leveraged another $718,232 in grant funding for community specific projects, with $888,436 still pending.  Here are some more numbers from 2014 - 2015:

  • Completed over 150 projects
  • Developed and/or implemented 22 planning documents
  • Transferred skills to over 650 community members

RARE AmeriCorps projects typically fall into four broad categories:

Community Planning

  • Coordinating the development of a downtown master plan
  • Facilitating the development of a county-wide Geographic Information System

Community and Economic Development

  • Implementing the provision of community health care services
  • Facilitating the coordination of a ‘green business’ campaign
  • Assisting rural entrepreneurs in the development of business plans
  • Completing economic development plans for municipalities

Natural Resource Planning

  • Coordinating a watershed assessment
  • Designing a citizen involvement program for a watershed council

Community Food Security/Food Systems

  • Creation of community food assessments
  • Enhancement of local farmers’ markets and food related business activities

Individuals and communities interested in participating in RARE should contact:

RARE OpportunitiesAmericorps
1209 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
97403-1209

Phone (541) 346-0259
Fax (541) 346-2040
e-mail RARE@uoregon.edu