Oregon Rural Action is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership-based community organization working to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability, and stewardship of the region’s land, air and water. We’re bringing people together to build strong communities by providing information and tools for local people to use in addressing the issues affecting our communities.

About UsWho We Are

Oregon Rural Action’s work is informed and driven by our mission, vision and values, while community organizing informs our approach. Meanwhile our association with the Western Organization of Resource Councils broadens the scope of our influence beyond our own state and allows us to engage more effectively on a national stage.

ORA-wide Barn Dance Fundraiser 2011Chapters

Our members are engaged in a number of exciting campaigns and projects in their local communities with chapters in Malheur and Union Counties and active members throughout the state. Read more about the work of our county-wide chapters.

ORA Board of Directors MeetingBoard of Directors

Oregon Rural Action members share leadership by taking turns in positions of responsibility. One of the most visible of these is surely our board of directors, who assume legal and financial responsibility for the organization and assist with policy, budgeting, planning, and fundraising, among other tasks vital to the organization. Read their bios and positions.

Debbie VotawStaff

The staff of Oregon Rural Action works with members to develop strong leadership, research issues, strengthen chapters, create winning strategy, and coordinate many of the day-to-day activities of the organization. Read the bios and roles of the current ORA staff.

ORA and Allies at MLK Social Justice March 2011Partners, Allies and Supporters 

We have worked with or received support from a number of organizations and businesses over the years, from foundations to like-minded groups working to change their own communities. Though incomplete, this list illustrates the distributed strength in grassroots organizing.