We need to look at the impact of investing in rural community development on its own terms, argues Suzanne Anarde, outgoing vice president and director of Rural LISC in an essay for Shelterforce. Projects may not touch the numbers of people or generate the returns of urban investments, but their effects are every bit as important, and ripple far and wide through the small, intricately connected networks of rural life.
In an op-ed for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and Howard Kern, president and CEO of Sentara Healthcare, describe how their new $100 million will take aim at the social determinants of health in Virginia. Investing in housing, job training and placement, education and transportation, among other requisites of a healthy life, are key to closing the life expectancy gap and creating a strong economy, they argue. Now is the time for corporations, nonprofits and charitable organizations to play leadership roles in making those investments a reality.
LISC is ramping up its commitment to take on social determinants of health through a bold new partnership with Sentara Healthcare and the opening of a new full service office in Hampton Roads, Va. LISC and Sentara are each committing $50 million to the effort, which builds on the long-standing work of LISC’s Richmond office in order to expand economic opportunity throughout the Commonwealth.
LISC has teamed up with Maestro Cares Foundation, Good Bunny Foundation and Cubs Charities to revive damaged Little League fields in Puerto Rico and, in the process, help revitalize communities still scarred from devastating 2017 hurricanes. Music icons Marc Anthony and Bad Bunny are leading the funding, with Chicago Cubs star Javier Báez and UNICEF USA joining the effort to restore these cultural hubs.
A new research paper offers compelling “proof of concept” of how LISC’s strategy, and our collaborations with anchor institutions, are transforming communities in ways that benefit current residents. LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones explains how the study, centered on the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, illuminates how anchors can engage with neighbors to promote inclusivity in their backyards and ensure that local voices are listened to—over the long haul.