Oregon RARE Program

Are you interested in community building, natural resources, food security, natural hazard planning, economic development or land use planning?

If so….

The Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program might be your solution

The mission of the RARE Program is to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions, through the assistance of trained graduate-level participants, from across the US.  These AmeriCorps members live in and serve the communities for 11 months. RARE participants assist communities in the development and implementation of projects for achieving a sustainable natural resource base and improving rural economic conditions. The RARE program is now in its 18th year and over the years it placed more than 395 volunteers and served nearly every Oregon county.

Current Projects
As each community has individual needs, each participant focuses on community specific projects typically in the following areas: downtown development, public health, transportation planning, community education, economic development, food systems improvement, and watershed management. A few current projects include:

* The participant placed with The City of Creswell is developing an Emergency Operations Plan, recruiting volunteers for an Earth Day Celebration, carrying forward a major redevelopment project, and working to improve local access to community assistance services.

* The participant placed with the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team is developing a community water festival, coordinating a local water quality monitoring program, and helping implement a number of economic development action plans in Port Orford.

* The participant placed with the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District is completing a community food assessment, strengthening relationships between food system stakeholders, and supporting the growth of community gardens and farmers’ markets.

Participant Benefits
Monthly Stipend of $1,500 for eleven months
Health Insurance
Education Award of $5,500
Nine Graduate Credits

Important Dates
Application Due: April 30
Invited to Participate: June 8
Community Interview Week: July 15 – 20
Orientation: September 5 – 7
Start in Community: September 10

Application Deadline is April 30, 2012

For more information about the RARE program please visit our website: http://csc.uoregon.edu/rare.  If you have any questions please email us atrare@uoregon.edu or call 541.346.2879.

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