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Civity and Center staff connect to create welcoming communities

The Center for Rural Affairs strives to help create vibrant, rural communities through its work. But, what does that mean to those who live outside of rural America?

Recently, Center for Rural Affairs community organizers Gladys Godinez and Jordan Feyerherm joined host and Civity communications consultant Gina Baleria on the podcast “This is Civity.” Their discussion focused on the work done at the Center to encourage inclusion and connection in rural communities.

Staff spotlight: Shawn advances the Center’s mission number by number

Knowledge of numbers, a passion for teamwork, and a love of rural living make Shawn Vetick perfectly suited for her role as accounting assistant with the Center for Rural Affairs.

The Nebraska native has been crunching the numbers in the Center’s accounting department since 2010, starting as a part-time employee, and full-time since 2012.

Shawn’s role is vitally important in keeping everything running smoothly financially for the Center staff, as well as investors.

Support us this Giving Tuesday

We’re kicking off our Giving Tuesday fundraising drive. An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $15,000 in donations we receive in the next week. Will you give now to help us meet this challenge and double your impact?

Money raised during this drive will go toward our fight against food insecurity in rural America. Roughly 17 percent of rural households in America are food insecure, meaning they don’t have access to food that allows them to live a healthy or active lifestyle.

Staff spotlight: Lizzie cares for, protects, and nurtures our food systems

In the summer of 2017, Lizzie Swalley joined the Center for Rural Affairs for the season to work in our garden program. Little did she know that her summer job would lead to a full-time passion and career with the Center.

Lizzie joined the Center team full-time in December 2018 as a community food associate, serving the Santee Tribe and community in northeast Nebraska.

“I am a local food systems advocate,” said Lizzie. “A big part of my job is to encourage community members to grow their own food and to see the importance of what it means to have food sovereignty.”

Staff Spotlight: Policy is personal for Jordan

As policy manager with the Center for Rural Affairs, advocating on behalf of rural families hits close to home for Jordan Rasmussen.

“To many people, policy work may seem wonky and distanced from humanity, but for me, policy is personal,” said Jordan. “Behind each policy area that I work on is a family member, a friend, a rural Nebraskan whose quality of life is impacted by the legislation we advocate for.”


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