Rural Community Builder Name: Ramon Martinez

Community: Polk County, OR

Role: Liaison between the community and the City of Independence

What is one word or phrase that describes this person as an RCB: He’s a tireless warrior as a rural community organizer and promoter.

Recognized by: Laura Isiordia from Woodburn, OR

Tell us a bit about what you appreciate about them as an RCB: Ramon has reinvented his approach to serving the community since the pandemic. He now hosts weekly meetings where he keeps the public informed, shares resource information, and calls on community action through announcements and invited guest speakers. Recently, in an effort to help one of the most vulnerable and isolated communities, he and a large group of supporters distributed bags of food and face masks to field workers and their families.