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Oregon Rural Action Inc

Rating: 4.68 stars   37 reviews 2,848

Nonprofit Issues:

Food, Environment

Address:

PO Box 1231 La Grande OR 97850 USA

Mission:

Oregon Rural Action is a long term, multi-ethnic organization whose mission is to support and encourage community organizing around locally-identified issues, with a shared vision of creating a healthy, democratic, and just society. ORA''s members and community groups work to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability, and stewardship of the region''s land, air and water.

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Reviews for Oregon Rural Action Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping federal legislation pass to protect the direct sale farmers from rigorous fees and paperwork in the Food Safety Bill. Community Gardens expand. Internal funds and fundraising activity increase. Seen the increase in collaborations with other organizations throughout Oregon working on sustainable food issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

see the membership grow.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The gleaning effort last year brought in hundreds of pounds of wonderful produce for the food bank

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Changes will happen in an evolutionary way based on the changing needs of the community. As more people in the area become aware of the projects and become involved, a ripple effect will empower the volunteers and help the organization grow and become ever more effective.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We helped put on the first annual Solar Fair. Hoping to do it again this year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would double it's membership.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The turnout and lively conversations held during the member focus session.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am still learning about the organization as well as this community I've recently moved to so at the moment I can't offer any changes.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Bringing a diverse group of thinkers together on local issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to reach out to the local folks!

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending board meetings and conferences that they have put on and living in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with a stable form of funding.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the policies that we've been able to effect - such as the food safety bill and its amendment to protect small farmers this past year; also, in seeing people who didn't regard themselves as leaders or who had never participated in community life develop their skills, deepen their knowledge, and emerge as capable and intelligent change agents in their communities. I have also been humbled by the support and dedication of ORA members to their organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Community organizing is focused on both winning on our issues as well as building the organization. To do this better, ORA staff and members alike could insist that clear, strategic campaign plans are always developed in order to ensure everyone can act in a systematic way. Recruiting more members and raising more money would spread out the work and allow more people the chance to be involved. And having additional staff would lend important staff to members and help prevent staff burnout.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Not only is it the only organization of its kind in the Eastern part of Oregon, but ORA operates under the radical notion that local community members are the best able to make a difference on the issues they are facing. In the face of organized money's significant role in politics, everyday rural people show through ORA that they can come together and win if they are persistent and strategic in their efforts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

La Grande, Oregon

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more monetary donations.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our grassroots efforts helped to enact the Food Safety Bill.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not have changes to recommend.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Land-use improvements, farmers market

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have always encouraged staff to place great emphasis on getting more people to become members.

 
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