Who We Are
Serving rural Oregon for over 29 years, the University of Oregon's Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps Program places the next generation of change-makers with host organizations across the state to take on meaningful and catalytic placed-based projects, all with the focus of increasing the vitality and vibrancy of communities we serve.
We offer a unique opportunity to connect the community and economic development needs of rural Oregon communities with the personal and professional development aspirations of the next generation. Using a tried-and-true model for engagement, we provide a topnotch service-learning experience while delivering resources, expertise, and critical capacity to rural Oregon. Our goal is to ensure a mutually beneficial experience for our RARE AmeriCorps members and rural communities we serve.
What We’re Looking For
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a strong desire to utilize and develop interpersonal skills for community outreach and group facilitation, serve rural, and make a difference!
Qualifications: RARE AmeriCorps members are required to be either U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. In addition, you will need to hold a bachelor's degree and demonstrate applied community experience as well as coursework or equivalent experience in three or more of the following areas: planning or statistical analysis, planning or economic theory, project management, community or economic development, environmental planning, geographic information systems and grant writing. More information about eligibility and our selection process.
What You’ll Do
RARE AmeriCorps projects typically fall into three broad categories:
Community and Economic Development
Environmental and Sustainability Planning
Community Food Security/Food Systems
What You’ll Gain
*Eligibility dependent on individual circumstances
**Other university programs may or may not accept the credits. Please note that while the credits will be earned, you will still be held to the tuition requirements of the university upon registration
Placements will be in various rural communities across Oregon. More information on current members. Serve rural for a better you and a greater us!
Join us for an upcoming information session to learn more:
February 28 | March 29 | April 17
Term of service: September 2023 - July 2024
Member Applications due April 30th by 11:59pm PT
Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) envisions a network of emerging leaders that are addressing society’s most pressing issues from the rural Oregon perspective. As a result of RARE’s programming and relationships: community-based organizations have increased capacity, people are thriving across all identities and experiences, and members are successful in achieving their professional and personal goals.
RARE service should be accessible, enjoyable, impactful, and safe for all people regardless of their identity and background. Our goal is to eliminate barriers and disparities that exist in our membership, organization, and partnerships.
We strive for a RARE where…