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Keeping People Involved in Communities

People get involved because they want to make a difference. Identifying their skills and interests and giving them opportunities to use them are paramount in keeping them involved. New volunteers start out excited and ready to tackle anything, but end up frustrated, disillusioned, and leave when they aren't given a chance.

Welcome to the Desert

Driving down a two-lane highway in rural Nebraska last spring, I passed a Native American man riding an old bicycle toward the nearby Omaha Indian Reservation. We were at least 7 miles from the nearest town, and he had four grocery bags bulging with food slung over his handlebars as he worked to climb a hill. I’ll bet a week’s worth of groceries that he wasn’t biking for the exercise.

This is what a food desert looks like in rural America.

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