Expressing Love for Rural America

Working for a stronger rural America (or working on behalf of any nonprofit cause) means that we often focus on what needs fixing. However, we don't want our staff or supporters losing sight of why the Center for Rural Affairs exists. You support the Center and we work here for one simple reason: We love rural America. With this in mind and with February being a prime month to express love, I created the Love Letters to Rural America project.

The idea is simple. I created a special Love Letters to Rural America tumblr blog then asked staff here at the Center to tell me why they love rural America. People created an amazing range of traditional love letters to poems to GIFs. Of course, I didn’t think it right to limit people's love to any one form so Tumblr is a great fit. We'll be posting these love letters throughout the month of February here on, on the special blog, and on our social media (Facebook, Twitter). We started with the simple "photo love letters" you see below. Each person wrote one reason they chose to make their life in a rural community.

Do you have love to share with rural America? We hope so! We really hope you want to share it with us too! We'll post on the Love Letters to Rural America tumblr. You can submit love letters via the form found here, by emailing, or by tweeting at @cfra with #LoveRural in the message.