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Board Member

Phone: (541) ***-****  
Email: b***@***.org
Local Address:  Oregon , United States
Oregon Rural Action
1118 Adams Avenue
La Grande , Oregon 97850
United States

Company Description: Oregon Rural Action is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership-based community organization working to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability,...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Rural Organizing Project
  • Board Member
    La Grande ORA
  • Treasurer
  • Board Member
  • Another Idaho Steering Committee Member and Professor of Social Work
    Boise State University
66 Total References
Web References
Board of Directors | Oregon Rural Action, 6 April 2015 [cached]
Bill Whitaker
Bill Whitaker (At-Large Member, October 2012-2014)
Bill began his life-long involvement in community efforts as a community organizer at South Side Settlement, an interracial progressive social agency in Columbus, Ohio. He went on to help organize the Ohio Steering Committee for Adequate Welfare and the Ohio Walk for Decent Welfare. Bill taught community organization and social welfare policy practice with an emphasis on rural communities for 30 years. While teaching he organized the Wyoming Coalition for WIC, conducted a state-wide study of childhood hunger in Maine, organized the Maine Coalition for Food Security, chaired the State of Maine Blue Ribbon Commission on Childhood Hunger, helped organize the Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger, and was president of the board of United Vision for Idaho. He is a board member of the Rural Organizing Project and within ORA serves as its chair as well as sitting on its Personnel and Executive Committees. Bill is a satisfied participant in Medicare and Social Security. His passions include his family and grandchildren Fiona and Max, gardening, Oregon Rural Action local food and energy initiatives, hunger and food policy, climate change/global warming, and healthcare reform. Bill lives in La Grande with his wife Cheryl.
Cascadia Wildlands » No Coos Bay Coal Terminal [cached]
"I'm failing to see any agency that is responsible for the entire project from mine to port, and the DEQ hearing (Tuesday) made this very clear," said Bill Whitaker, a La Grande ORA board member.
Press Release: Bill to Protect Salmon Habitat in Oregon Passes House and Senate, Awaits Governor's Signature July 8, 2013
Board & Staff — Health Care For ALL Oregon, 16 Dec 2013 [cached]
William (Bill) Whitaker, Treasurer (LaGrande, Oregon Rural Action, Education, Cascades-East) Bill currently serves as treasurer of both HCAO and the HCAO-Education Fund. Professor emeritus of social work at Boise State University, Bill taught community organizing and social policy for 35 years. He is currently co-chair of the Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team, organizing in five counties in eastern Oregon, and board member of the Rural Organizing Project. Bill's strong motivations are rooted partly in a background in the Civil Rights movement. He brings understanding of the crises in rural health care, how a single payer system can help address these crises, and a commitment to ensuring those concerns are reflected in the Coalition's work, as true statewide organizing requires. Bill is committed to leaving a livable and just world to grandchildren everywhere.
Bill Whitaker, Treasurer, ..., 16 Nov 2012 [cached]
Bill Whitaker, Treasurer, LaGrande, Oregon Rural Action
FRAC News Digest - May 8, 2007, 8 May 2007 [cached]
An Interview with Bill Whitaker of United Vision for Idaho
2. An Interview with Bill Whitaker of United Vision for Idaho
This article features an interview with Bill Whitaker of Boise State University. Whitaker, coordinator of the masters of social work program at Boise State University, served as president of United Vision for Idaho, a statewide group coordinating services for those in need. He was recently named Idaho's Social Worker of the Year by the Idaho chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. According to Whitaker, "social workers really need to walk on two feet.
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