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10 months. 1200 hours. 2650 miles.

Since we launched Rural Commonwealth 10 months ago, our directors and volunteers have given more than?1200 hours of pro bono time?to the mission of strengthening Massachusetts’ rural communities. That’s?150 8-hour days worked for free in support of rural Massachusetts residents.

We also?drove more than 2650 miles. From Rowe to Truro, we crisscrossed the state?to attend meetings, conduct research, hold interviews, and host events in 20 rural towns spread out over?seven counties. We made regular trips to Boston to talk about small town needs and economic development opportunities with?legislators and members of the Governor’s cabinet. Without a travel budget, the costs of this travel were paid out-of-pocket by volunteers.

Why? We believe two things: the residents of rural Massachusetts deserve creative solutions to persistent economic problems, and their voices need to be?heard in the State House. These beliefs drive our work.

On May 1, Rural Commonwealth will be participating in Valley Gives. We ask for your support to continue this vital work for residents of small towns across Massachusetts. For updates about our work, please join our email list. Thank you!

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