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Making steps toward an inclusive community

Inclusion needs to be part of every community, as we all are part of this world. A little bit of understanding and willingness makes each community more inclusive and diverse. Last month in Norfolk, Nebraska, a few steps forward were taken toward achieving this goal; a more united community.

Staff spotlight: Bounthy brings support back to small towns

Eating fresh foods is a crucial factor in leading a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to homegrown, unprocessed foods.

This happens to be the case on the Omaha Reservation. Bounthy Parker wants to help members of the Omaha Nation solve this problem by demonstrating how to grow vegetables and sell the foods at farmers markets.

Policymakers’ failed actions led to the O’Neill raid

At the Center for Rural Affairs, one of our guiding principles is to promote vibrant rural communities and the people who live here. A cornerstone of any community is safety, stability, and trust.

On Aug. 8 in O'Neill, Nebraska, that sense of community was shaken when 133 agricultural workers were taken from their places of employment and transferred to a detention center more than 100 miles away in Grand Island, leaving their families and children to wonder if their loved ones would ever return.

Staff spotlight: a love of travel, food, and people brought Vanesa to the Center

“Good things don't come to you easily; if you want to achieve your goals in life, you better fight for them, and be prepared to compromise things you love.”

Vanesa Salgado-Perez says her parents’ words of wisdom get her through the days when she’s missing them the most.

Though her family lives in Spain, Vanesa makes her home in Vermillion, South Dakota. One of the newest members of the Center for Rural Affairs team, she serves as a community organizing associate.

Crafting our policy priorities from the roots up

Advocating for policy that builds a stronger, brighter future in rural America is no small feat. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we understand that, to craft this future, we must engage with rural people and communities in all aspects of our work. This principle is part of our core values and purpose; it’s why we work – and live – where you do.

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