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From Atlantic to Pacific, our work over the past year with 71 rural community based organizations across 42 states has been impressive. See what we helped some of our partners accomplish in 2015.
Pacific Western Bank and Rural LISC have announced a $1 million loan to Self-Help Enterprises as part of a collaborative effort to alleviate drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley, one of a number of areas in the country characterized by persistent poverty. Located in Visalia, Calif., Self-Help Enterprises will use the funds to provide low-income residents with permanent solutions including low-interest loans to drill a deeper or new well. “We are extremely grateful for the generous support and committed partnership of Pacific Western Bank,” said Suzanne Anarde, Rural LISC Program Vice President. "Thanks to these resources, Rural LISC will be able to further its mission of creating healthy and vibrant rural communities.”
Read the Rural LISC press release.
A Daleville resident without water is having a water tank installed at their home. (Photo Credit: Marc Benjamin)
Support from LISC and Rural LISC in the form of a $40,970 place based grant and a $42,500 HUD Section 4 grant is helping Fahe, a network organization serving rural Appalachia, and a Rural LISC partner, develop a curriculum for a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) “Boot Camp” that is training Appalachian organizations in how to utilize CDFI funds to increase their ability to help local communities.
Left to right: Charles Fluharty of Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI),
Chris Beck of USDA Rural Development, Bob Reeder of Rural LISC
and Javier Torres of ArtPlace America.
Bob Reeder, Program Director for Rural LISC, participated in the White House Convening on Rural Placemaking on November 17, 2015. The event was held in collaboration with the White House Rural Council, the Project for Public Spaces, and the National Main Street Center and brought together federal, state and local public sector officials, national nonprofit organizations, foundations, and individuals to discuss how federal, state, and philanthropic entities can support and leverage the process that brings life to rural downtown areas and community gathering places. Read more.
The nonprofit world has stepped up to help manage a natural disaster with no end in sight, bringing water to scores of low-income rural families in California’s San Joaquin Valley as more and more wells run dry. Read the new article on the LISC Institute Spotlight on Rural blog.
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