RARE member helps beautify downtown Coos Bay

by Jared Paben

"It was personally rewarding to actually look back and see the physical implementation of a project that I made come about."

RARE member helps beautify downtown Coos Bay

Nathan J., who served as an AmeriCorps member through the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments program, shared his story of service:

We installed a 40-foot-by-8-foot mural created by 10 different artists. This was a great project done on very little money and with many donations. The end product was a great sampling of the artistic talents of the Coos Bay area. It was personally rewarding to actually look back and see the physical implementation of a project that I made come about. To take it one step further, a mural has gone up on a different building in downtown Coos Bay. So, our idea is spreading and hopefully will create a movement to beautify downtown!

I really want to be involved in the visioning process of a community and working in economic development. RARE placed me in a community in which the downtown economy needed to be revitalized and the area re-envisioned. I was able to gain some great experience working with the Coos Bay Downtown Association that has actually led me to an Economic Recovery Planner position in southwest Missouri. I feel as though this is the right career path for me and the opportunity RARE provided me is a huge part of the reason I was able to obtain this job.

Posted on December 9, 2013 in AmeriCorps.