ORA Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors

If you’re interested in helping to build and grow an exciting nonprofit, we want to talk with you. ORA is a unique membership driven organization dedicated to strengthening democratic processes. We want to build the capacity of our communities to identify and take action on issues of importance to them. We strive to make rural Eastern Oregon economically and environmentally sustainable through our diverse campaigns, and our projects – the work we do on those issues.

Board members have a commitment to building resilient, sustainable and diverse Eastern Oregon communities. A background or interest in farming, ranching, food systems, renewable energy, healthcare, social justice or civic engagement is very useful. Nominees should be passionate about strengthening the health and wealth of their communities, and about building connections and capacity for rural eastern Oregonians.

We value diversity by race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, and occupation and what that brings to the issues and the work of ORA. We encourage all interested persons to nominate yourself or someone else you believe would be a valuable asset to ORA’s leadership. We are committed to providing training, and supporting the development of new leaders.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a current ORA member
  • Willing and able to serve a one-year or two-year term
  • Willing and able to attend monthly meetings (committees and/or full board meetings), in-person and/or by phone
  • Email access and commitment to good communication
  • Commitment to the goals and mission of ORA

Board Member Responsibilities

As a board member, you or the person you nominate will gain valuable experience. All boards of directors have to be responsible for their organization, including how the organization is managed and how solvent it is. ORA is a good place to acquire that knowledge. Here are the details about ORA Board Responsibilities.

About Oregon Rural Action

Oregon Rural Action incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c) (3) membership-based non-profit. Our 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, chapters and action teams work to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability, and stewardship of the region’s land, air and water.

How to Join ORA

Not a member of ORA? No problem, there are lots of ways to join, including online. Or you can call our office at 541-975-2411 to speak with our membership coordinator. You can also download this form to join, and just drop it off at our office at 1119 Washington Street, La Grande, Oregon, or mail it in to:

Oregon Rural Action

PO Box 1231

La Grande, Oregon 97950

How to Apply

To nominate someone, including yourself, you can fill out this form and mail it to the above address, or drop it off at our office. Or for more information, contact Jason Rosvold (jasonrosvold1234@hotmail.com) 541-912-4456, or Bill Whitaker (bill@oregonrural.org) 541-805-5681. Applications/nomination forms are available from the ORA office, 1119 Washington Ave., La Grande, OR 97850. Nominations are due by September 26. The ORA membership will elect new at-large board members at our Annual Meeting October 8, 2018.