Rural Community Builder Name: Jamar Ruff

Community: Coos/Curry Counties, Oregon

Role: United Way of SWO Board Vice Chair

What is one word or phrase that describes this person as an RCB: Awesome (also his usual response to good news)

Recognized by: Jen Shafer – Coos Bay, Oregon

Tell us a bit about what you appreciate about them as an RCB: Jamar moved here a few years ago and immediately started Operation Coos County, a Facebook page to connect people to local resources. Jamar is an instrumental part of United Way of SWO, Southern Oregon Coast Pride, Queers & Allies of Coos County, HIV Alliance, and countless other community groups. He regularly provides services to our homeless community. If you go to a store with Jamar he will greet everyone he sees (whether he knows them or not) – but more likely they will greet him first. He inspires positivity but also keeps it real. He is my go-to for support, inspiration, and a good laugh when needed.