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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Citizen Participation, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Food

Mission: Promote agricultural and economic stability

Programs: Worki to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability, and stewardship of the regions land, air and water

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Oregon Rural Action is a vital member of Eastern Oregon, the State of Oregon and as a member of Western Organization of Resource Councils to the whole of the west. The members and staff work for a more sustainable situation in rural Oregon. The experiences that touch my heart and soul the most are the campaigns for Justice for All and local food awareness. This organization has shown incredible courage and strength to go where others have feared to tread. Also very inspired by the younger generations that are giving their lives and expertise to the causes of Oregon Rural Action. Proud to be associated with this organization and definitely ranks as a GREAT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A truly indispensable organization for life east of the
Cascades. Working tirelessly for sustainability in regards to food systems, renewable energy, social justices and accountability of elected officials. Also working with local, state and federal legislation that will make a difference far into the future. I am most grateful for the model of organizers supporting members to become active instead of the usual top down models. This is a big shift for most people to understand and Oregon Rural Action is staying with the mission and vision. As a member, I am grateful.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Oregon Rural Action is the best grass roots organization in eastern
Oregon to encourage the essence of community.... working together through educating everyone about sustainable living for the benefit of all.
I look forward to being involved in many projects in the future and support
all of their efforts wholeheartedly.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ORA is great. We are filling a big niche here in EO. It make me proud to be a member/volunteer. Peter

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to northeast Oregon roughly six months ago, and quickly became acquainted with Oregon Rural Action and their work. After attending a focus session I realized how necessary this organization is in the community based on the large turnout and enthusiasm of all the members. I immediately felt part of something larger than myself and was impressed with how organized, coordinated and focused the staff and volunteers are. I look forward to doing my part in helping this organization grow and prosper.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ORA has a way of bringing folks to together on a wide range of issues relevant to our community. I appreciate the educational aspects of elements such as gardening, emphasis on local products and alternative energy. Thanks ORA for being there for NE Oregon!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oregon Rural Action provides the citizens of Eastern Oregon with the tools needed to create a community that actively works towards economic health. Through community organizing this organization has begun discussions on food security, local economics and social justice issues. These discussions have led to on-the-ground changes: greater access to local foods, enhancement of local food pantries and greater collaboration among the organizations that are working on similar issues.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I came to the rural northeastern corner of Oregon at the start of 2008 to work for Oregon Rural Action as a community organizer. Having grown up in a town of 250 people in the northeastern corner of Washington, the communities where Oregon Rural Action works as well as the issues we work on seemed very familiar. Despite the can-do individualist streak that is fairly common in more remote areas like this, these issues are bigger than any one person. They require people to come together and work together to solve them. And that's just what Oregon Rural Action does...

ORA empowers everyday people to have a voice in their community, in their state, and in their nation. It helps them learn the key skills to be effective spokespeople and leaders in their communities. In its nonpartisan stance, ORA strikes a crucial balance between traditionally polarized camps of liberals and conservatives, giving people a place to come together, to discuss the deeper root causes of these issues. Moreover, there is no other group like ORA in Eastern Oregon, so ORA fills a vital niche in civic engagement and the pursuit of strong and thriving rural communities.

After thousands of miles driving through rural Oregon as an organizer, countless meetings, long days and nights, participation in inspiring actions and activities, and the chance to speak with a wide array of people, I am proud to work for Oregon Rural Action - first as a community organizer and now as Communications Director. Moreover, I also pay dues as a Sustainers Circle member and give over a hundred dollars a year to the organization so that our wonderful membership can better achieve its mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oregon Rural Action is a driving force in bringing alternative energy, farmer's markets, community garden's and general organizing of under-served/under-recognized groups throughout northeast Oregon. They have a diverse staff that can tackle the greatest of problems; taking things on the road to a better world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of ORA since it was organized. When I was a practicing attorney I provided pro bono legal services to the organization, Now that I am a full-time farmer I participate as a local producer. The organization actively promotes social justice, local economy and sustainable living. I applaud the organization for managing to focus on issues that are inclusive, rather than issues that would divide us into opposing camps.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a member and volunteer for Oregon Rural Action (ORA) for nearly 10 years. I have participated in and watched how ORA has made a difference in our local community. From several successes in land-use issues, to helping with veterans, to starting up the La Grande Farmers Market, ORA has made a huge difference in the lives of many citizens of the La Grande area. Certainly, ORA has made a difference for me, and I am proud to be a member, a donor, and a volunteer.

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