RDS welcomes new intern

October, 2018 Posted in Community

By Mary Owen

Emily Connor is the newest RARE AmeriCorps participant working with Revitalize Downtown Stayton.

A 2012 graduate of the University of Arizona, Connor replaces Isaac Kort-Meade, RDS’s first RARE (Resources for Rural Environments) participant. Kort-Meade moved on at the end of July.

“The RARE program was started at the University of Oregon and is now nationally recognized,” said Steve Poisson with RDS. “Participants come from all over the country and serve for 11-month terms in Oregon cities. Both cities and participants must complete a lengthy application process and interview each other to find the best fits.”

Connor began her internship Sept. 10 and will serve RDS through July 31, 2019.

“Her focus will be on building our organization capacity and sustainability by developing our volunteer base and our financial support,” Poisson said. “She will also develop reusable systems to manage the organization, events and projects.”

Connor will continue to develop relationships with merchants in the RDS focus area and in the city at large, Poisson added.

Connor’s office will be located at the Brown House Event Center, and she will also be contracted to the Santiam Heritage Foundation to help complete a feasibility study on the Brown House.

RDS is seeking more volunteers, for an hour at a time or for longer term work, Poisson said.

RARE is administered through the U of O’s Institute for Police Research and Engagement, an interdisciplinary institute that assists Oregon communities by providing planning and technical assistance to help solve local issues and improve the quality of life for Oregon residents. More than 450 RARE AmeriCorps members have been placed throughout rural Oregon.

For information, visit www.downtownstayton.org or the RDS Facebook page.

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