Success Stories

Photo: The nonprofit REACH helped Rosa Cortes secure a job that can accommodate her disabilities.

Rosa Cortes was struggling to find work in the rural town of Klamath Falls in southern Oregon. She volunteered at Good Will to build her experience, but found her disabilities made employers reluctant to offer her a job.

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Green Valley Homes offers 100 percent NZE to residents in Williams, Calif.

Esther Magdaleno often paid more than $100 per month for electricity before she moved into the farm labor housing community built by Green Valley Homes, developed by Corporation for Better Housing, located in Williams.

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Photo of downtown Hood River, Oregon, in the Columbia Gorge

Rural businesses on both sides of the Columbia River—from a brewery to an assisted living facility, from a Thai restaurant to a tribal fish market—are improving the local economy by hiring more employees and providing higher wages.

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The Watts family was thrilled to move into their newly constructed house in Harrisburg, Oregon, and become first generation homeowners.

Donavan and Deborah Watts thought that, like their parents, they would never own their own home. But they were tired of the leaky roof, the water pump that sounded like a jet engine, and the strict landlord who would not allow them to plant a garden in front of their rented manufactured home.

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Ashland Food Co-op’s 39-kilowatt solar system is decreasing its carbon footprint, reducing its utility costs, and supporting its sustainability goals.

Since it was founded nearly half a century ago, the Ashland Food Co-op in rural southwest Oregon has modeled social and environmental responsibility.

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Geddes Grocery Store Photo

As the only grocery store in the town of Geddes, SD, owners Jill & Bob Dyk, had a goal to provide local community members, as well as visitors to the area, with a place to buy grocery items, food and supplies for campers and hunters, general service items, and a place to grab a hot cup of cof

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The volunteer firefighters in Reedsport, Oregon, gather around their new fire pumper truck as it is delivered.

For a small, volunteer fire department, the high cost of equipment can be a significant challenge. That was the case for the Reedsport Fire Department on the central Oregon coast. Their fire pumper truck was past its useful life and posed safety issues.

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Grow Appalachia help community learn to farm

Feeding everyone is challenging, especially during summer when school is out of session.

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Searcy the K9 sits in new police vehicle

After running a large percentage of drugs out of Owingsville, Searcy the K9 can rest comfortably in her new sport utility vehicle as she patrols the city.

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Chair in Pikeville School

Carved into the side of a mountain deep in Appalachia, the University of Pikeville College of Optometry recently opened one of the most advanced optometry schools in the country.

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