Community Oregon

Community Oregon is a statewide program that brings rural and urban Oregonians together to build trust and mutual understanding through dialogue and local community immersion.

Participants from diverse communities come together to build relationships, participate in a community exchange, and better understand one another as fellow citizens and Oregonians.

Program Components

Community Oregon Camp

A three-day retreat at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in Warm Springs, Oregon. A fun and challenging camp-like experience getting to know folks from all walks of life, led by facilitators from both urban and rural communities.

Community Oregon Exchanges

An opportunity for immersion in a community significantly different than one's home community. One urban-to-rural, and one rural-to-urban exchange visit takes place between 6-10 weeks following the Community Oregon Camp retreat.

Community Oregon Expo

A one-day exposition held in the Portland area in the fall that includes all Community Oregon participants and special invitees to showcase what they’ve learned and invite support for projects they wish to develop or support as a result of their experience with the program.

Program Accommodations

Community Oregon participants are reimbursed for all travel to the Community Oregon Camp, the Community Oregon Exchange, and the Community Oregon Expo. Expenses for accommodations at the Community Oregon Camp are also covered. Overnight accommodations for the Urban/Rural Exchanges are comprised of host community homestays.

Participant Profile

Community Oregon cohorts will consist of between 20-25 participants. Healthy Democracy partners with the Association of Oregon Counties, inviting county commissioners and other community leaders to nominate local residents for the program. Ideal Community Oregon participants are active community members who have an interest in and the courage needed to engage in the sometimes difficult but rewarding process of re-building a sense of community across the state. The program looks for participants from a wide geographic area, and who are representative of the diversity of Oregon’s population, including political perspective, age, occupation/professional sector, religion, race, national origin, and gender.

More Information

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Current Partners


Association of Oregon Counties