Resource Assistance for Rural Environments
Administered by the Community Service Center of Oregon, the mission of Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) is to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions, through the assistance of trained graduate-level student participants who live and work in communities for 11 months. Qualified college graduates and graduate-level students who are selected as RARE participants assist communities and agencies in the development and implementation of plans for achieving a sustainable natural resource base and improving rural economic conditions while gaining community building and leadership skills. RARE projects typically fall into five broad categories: Community Planning, Community Development, Watershed Planning, Microenterprise and Economic Development, and Community Food Security/ Food Systems. RARE is currently working with the communities of Lake County, Roseburg, Pendleton, Astoria, La Grande, Hood River and many others.