May is Community Action Awareness Month

A lasting impact

We would like to take this time to celebrate the impact that Rural Resources Community Action has had on our local communities.

Through the month of May, we will be showcasing the programs that we offer that help empower our community members to achieve economic security.

If you would like to be added to our list to receive these showcase emails, please email

Making a Community Home

57 years ago, our country initiated a War on Poverty by establishing the Economic Opportunities Act of 1964. Along with the Economic Opportunities Act, the Civil Rights Act (1964), amendments creating Medicare and Medicaid (1965), and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965) emerged to fight against poverty. These programs were created to allow all community members to have economic security.

Poverty is often invisible

In a society of individualism and self-reliance, poverty is something many turn a blind eye to as if it is invisible. The problem of poverty is too frequently forgotten. People living in poverty are often looked at as lazy, unwilling to work, uneducated, or ridden with substance abuse.

In fact, most people living in poverty are as hard-working as anyone else, trying to survive and get by with what they have. In addition, they endure social shame and isolation.

Economic Security & Dignity

Community Action agencies help those with limited incomes achieve self-sufficiency and ensure that all community members can live in dignity.

Rural Resources serves 17 counties in Washington.

The needs of our communities are unique, and for that reason, Rural Resources offers 30 different programs. Through them, we help customize support for our residents to address their needs and create a positive impact for anyone seeking economic security.

you can make a difference

Even as we face budget cuts and shrinking resources, we have an increase in demand, especially with the pandemic still affecting all of us.

Even with these challenges, we continue to provide vital support to our local population. We aid families, children, students, senior citizens, veterans, single-parents, and anyone else seeking support.

Local support builds thriving communities.

We are asking for your help to make a difference in our community. Please consider becoming a donor or volunteer!

View or download the current Community Resource Guides

COVID-19 Impacts & Updates

Our client, employee and community safety are of the upmost importance to Rural Resources. Therefore, effective immediately and until further notice, our staff and services are only available by appointment, calls or emails.

If you would like to make an appointment or need information, please click on the Contact button located on the upper right of this page or email us at

Please note our Governing Board meetings will be conducted via phone or video conference.  If you would like to attend this meeting via phone or video conference, please contact Michelle Thomas at (509) 684-8421.

Drive-In WiFi Hotspots

The Washington State Broadband Office estimates over 300 new drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots are coming online statewide through an initiative to bring free public broadband internet access to all residents. Partners in the state’s drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots project include: Washington State University; Washington State Library, part of the Washington Office of the Secretary of State; members of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) and affiliated nonprofit Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet); the Washington State Broadband Office; Washington Independent Telecommunications Association (WITA); Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech); and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Microsoft and the Avista Foundation are providing funding, and the federal Information Technology Disaster Resource Center contributed equipment and installation.

For complete information and a map of locations, visit The map will be updated as more sites come online.

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