Rural Employment Opportunities is a statewide nonprofit organization. We work together with more than 300 rural families as they struggle to support themselves and their families. Through REO, adults and children access and complete education, job-training and individual development programs that lead to year-round employment, improved family income and greater economic security. REO provides outreach and services in 43 of Montana’s 56 counties to more than 400 adults and 900 children.
Montana – Statewide
Helena Administration Office
National Farmworker Jobs Program
This job training program helps seasonal, agricultural workers and their family members find year-round job opportunities, both in and out of agriculture. The program’s goal is to help participants increase their income and economic security. This is done by:
• Offering financial assistance for job training and post-secondary education costs.
• Helping participants gain On-The-Job-Training.
• Assisting participants with resume writing, interviewing and other job search and placement skills.
• Making sure participants have the necessary clothing, tools and equipment for the job.
In 2008, REO became a full-member of Montana Shares, a partnership of more than 40 nonprofit organizations
Since 1981, a direct grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (currently, the National Farmworker Jobs Program) has allowed REO to serve migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Since 1988, grants from the Montana Office of Public Instruction – Migrant Education Program enabled REO to add services for the children of migrant agricultural workers. In 2006 REO implemented its first asset development program in partnership with Montana Credit Unions for Community Development and with funding from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human services through its Family Economic Security (FES) Project. This program continues today as Rural Montana Saves.
REO is currently seeking funding for individual/family asset-development projects, for community poverty reduction programs and to build organizational capacity needed to reach these program goals.