Rural Connections Blog

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    Rural Partners Network partnering for a critical issue in rural West Virginia communities

    Housing has become a critical issue within rural West Virginia communities and it’s vital that we partner together to help find solutions. The Rural Partners Network has been working with the town of Gassaway and the Gassaway Area Improvement Council on multiple projects to improve the area and make a direct impact for the community members. Helping to find solutions was the purpose behind a free housing seminar held on March 5, 2024, by the West Virginia Pioneer Community Network in partnership with the Gassaway Area Improvement Council and the town of Gassaway.

    During the seminar, representatives from USDA Rural Development and the West Virginia Housing Development Fund provided valuable insights into various housing programs available. Attendees learned about different funding options, eligibility criteria, and the application process. The participants were afforded the opportunity to ask questions of all the panelists. 

    • Community Development
    • Education
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    Addressing the Childcare Deserts in RPN’s Southern West Virginia

    Access to childcare is a national challenge for rural communities, and West Virginia is no different. In the RPN’s Southern West Virginia Community Network (SWVCN) counties, 43 percent of children under the age of 6 who need childcare do not have access to it. 

    • Community Development
    • Education
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    Maternal Healthcare Access

    Despite substantial advances in healthcare over the past few decades, maternal health remains a major concern for West Virginia. The Rural Partners Network’s Southern West Virginia Community Network (SWVCN) has joined together with the Texas A&M University Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI) to work across the 12 southernmost counties to identify local maternal health care needs and create a plan to extend care in the area.  

    • Community Development
    • Education
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    La Red Comunitaria de la Región Oriental de la RPN está presente en la comunidad para escuchar las necesidades y encontrar soluciones.

    La Red Comunitaria de la Región Este de la RPN visitó el Comedor del Bien Madre Teresa de Calcuta en Naguabo, Puerto Rico, para escuchar sus necesidades y ofrecer soluciones. Este comedor comunitario sirve 400 bandejas de comida cada semana, los martes y jueves, a la comunidad local desfavorecida.  Desde muy temprano la gente empieza a llegar para reservar un espacio y socializar mientras se prepara la comida. La mayoría de los visitantes habituales del Comedor del Bien son hombres que viven solos o tienen alguna discapacidad, por lo que esta oportunidad de socializar es muy bien recibida.

    • Community Development
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    RPN’s Collaboration in Dona Ana County with Borderland Family Ties

    In Southern New Mexico the Doña Ana Community Network Rural Partners Network (RPN) collaborated with Borderland Family Ties Organization to host its first virtual Watch Party to view the 2023 Rural LISC seminar in Coachella, California held on December 11, 2023. 

    • Community Development
    • Economic & Business Development
    • Family & Children Services