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“How can we heal what ails RURAL America?"

      "If you follow the news closely, it can seem like small-town America is in the throes of social and economic collapse. People are dying at alarming rates, and the common thread isn’t race or age or gender—it’s location. The challenges facing rural areas are quite literally a death sentence for thousands of people every year. . . .   Local leaders from 1,400 rural counties are coming together this week in Washington, D.C., to address that very dilemma . . .  Rural LISC has organized the conference to spur more of this work in small towns across the country."

Read the Huffington Post op-ed by Rural LISC Program Vice President Suzanne Anarde.

Suzanne Anarde


CDC in the Spotlight

Pathfinder Services celebrates 50 years

Rural LISC Partner CDC Pathfinder Services, Inc., based in Huntington, Indiana, is celebrating their 50th Anniversary on Monday, March 28, with five different gatherings across their service area in the northeastern part of the state. The gatherings will celebrate 50 years of Pathfinder’s achievements among staff, friends, and members of the community. The events are open to the public and will be livestreamed from Pathfinder's Huntington North campus to reach those who can’t attend in person.

Building Sustainable Communities: What's New?

Ozark Action, Inc. sees success in ALDI Fresh Food Facilities Initiative

With fresh food comes a fresh perspective! Thanks to grant funds provided through the ALDI Fresh Foods Facility initiative, Rural LISC Partner CDC Ozark Action, Inc.​ has launched a program in West Plains, Mo. designed to increase awareness around healthier food options.

Find It, Fix It, Fund It

The steering committee of the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition (Coalition) and the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) are thrilled to announce the release of Find It, Fix It, Fund It, a bold new action drive to eliminate lead poisoning. The drive urges muscular national action by Congress and the Administration in the wake of Flint to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to eliminate lead paint hazards and lead pipes.

Helping Hands For a Community In CrisisHelping Hands For a Community In Crisis

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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