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Communities Unlimited

The power of locally-embedded teams

Communities Unlimited’s ConnectRURAL initiative is bolstering civic infrastructure all across rural East Texas. Not quite two years old, the new program uses a three-pronged approach to strengthen the capacities of the state’s rural communities: connecting, assisting, and leading. Run by a locally-embedded team, ConnectRURAL offers targeted technical assistance, leverages matching funds, and provides support through regional AmeriCorps programs.

The initiative is made possible by hiring East Texas community members that act as resource managers and are deeply invested in the communities where they live and serve. Their priority is to interact with the community to understand what resources are needed, then work to make them available.

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