Rural LISC & CDC Project Impact - 2015

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.

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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.

A Big Event

Rural LISC Partner CDC Coastal Enterprises Inc., (CEI) held its 38th annual meeting March 15 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me. 

Ron Phillips, outgoing CEI President and CEO, opened the event with reflections on 38 years of leading one of the most successful rural development organizations in the U.S.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) President and CEO, Michael Rubinger and Rural LISC Program Vice President, Suzanne Anarde were in attendance.


From left: Suzanne Anarde with Ron Phillips and Michael Rubinger


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.

Rural LISC and Pacific Western Bank Help Alleviate 
Drought Conditions in San Joaquin Valley

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)


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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