University of Oregon

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 9:00am
RARE AmeriCorps Fall Training

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
Oregon Main Street Conference

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 1:00pm
2017 Fall Energy Symposium

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 9:30am
RARE Winter Training


Group hires assistant for 5 projects

 ONTARIO — The nonprofit organization Revitalize Ontario’s new resource assistant has begun work at the start of this week. In an effort to offload the amount of work required on five separate projects, the organization, which strives to improve the facade of businesses and other buildings within the downtown core, felt the need to hire someone for the position, said Charlotte Fugate, co-chairwoman of the organization. That person is Kayla Kirksey.  

Stayton acquires services of Oregon RARE participant

City of Stayton agreed to engage in a partnership with Friends of Old Town Stayton to acquire services from University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program.

Smart Energy: A year well done for RARE

In September 2016, I began my year-long RARE (resource assistance for rural environments) service term working with Douglas County Smart Energy. This group has a two-part mission:

Solar ‘pioneer’: Renewable energy project coming to HR public works

A group of renewable energy leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate a solar array slated for construction atop the Hood River Public Works building. Partners in the project highlighted the trailblazing aspect of bringing the solar development to town. “This is really a pioneering effort and we hope to see it replicated (elsewhere),” Dan Orzech, Oregon Clean Power Cooperative general manager, said.

SHEDCO receives grant to rehab and expand El Tapatio

St. Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO) was awarded $100,000 from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant for the rehabilitation and expansion of El Tapatio Restaurant on Columbia Boulevard.



2017-18 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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