Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) is a unique AmeriCorps Program serving Oregon's rural communities through economic and community development and natural resource planning. The mission of the RARE AmeriCorps Program is to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions, through the assistance of trained college graduate-level participants. Our members live in and serve rural communities for 11 months. The RARE AmeriCorps Program is now in our 23rd year of service and has placed more than 450 individuals and served every Oregon county. Join the team for a year of service that you will never forget!
RARE AmeriCorps members work with organizations that have identified specific needs in rural areas. Each RARE AmeriCorps member focuses on community specific projects that fall within the following focus areas: land use planning, downtown development, community and economic development, regional tourism, renewable energy, food systems planning and natural resources planning. Additional information can be found within the Projects section of our website.
Benefits of Participating in The RARE Program:
•Living Stipend/Monthly: $1,600.
•Medical Insurance: If eligible, we will provide medical insurance. At this time, we do not provide vision or dental insurance.
•Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: After the successful completion of the program in the amount of $5,815.
•Nine Graduate Credits: Each RARE Americorps member will be eligible for 9 graduate credits from the University of Oregon's Master of Community & Regional Planning, Master of Public Administration, or Master of Nonprofit Management Program.
•In-state Tuition: If a member is moving to Oregon, after the successful completion of one year's service they MAY be eligible for in-state tuition.
Member Application Process
Please complete the following steps:
Step 1: Download the 2017-2018 RARE Application Form by clicking here: https://rare.uoregon.edu/member/apply-now
Step 2: Populate the RARE Application Form. Please make sure to adequately answer each of the five essay questions included in the RARE Application Form
Step 3: Please include an electronic version of your professional resume in your RARE Application Form
When you have completed the application packet save and send as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org
in the format: LastName_part_ap_17-18. If you have problems or need assistance, please send us an email or call (541) 346-2879.
Completed applications must be emailed (send as an attachment) to the RARE office no later than 5pm April 28, 2017.
If you have any questions please contact us at:
Phone (541) 346-2879 or