Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Holiday Events in Nelsonville
By Candi Withem, Human Resources/AmeriCorps*VISTA Director

Rural Action’s Annual Holiday Open House was held on December 1st at the beautiful Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville. Members, staff, AmeriCorps*VISTAs and supporters gathered to celebrate the successes of the past year and enjoy some merrymaking. Delicious treats were prepared and shared by those attending the event with lovely music provided by Rural Action’s own Sara Peach and Chris Tomazic. Silent Auction items such as baskets filled with products donated by local businesses, growers, artists and others were featured. Many thanks to all those who attended and helped us celebrate another year. Check out some pictures below.

The following day at the same location the “Tis The Season To Buy and Give Local” bizarre featured local businesses such as Casa Nueva, AceNet and others. The event was designed to benefit the local economy during the holiday season. Also featured were several local nonprofits that encouraged shoppers to give the gift of support to their worthwhile organization for the holidays. Rural Action, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Good Works, ReUse Industries, and others had donation jars and wish lists of needed items available. This gave shoppers the opportunity to give in several different ways. Thank you to all who participated, giving of their time and talents.

A special thank you to Tim Peacock and the staff at Stuart’s Opera House for all your assistance. It was a cold and windy day out there watching the Santa parade, but the glow of giving locally helped to warm the hearts of all those present.

Campaign for Rural Renewal Fundraiser Update
By Tori Patterson, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Development

We are pleased to announce that the Campaign for Rural Renewal fundraiser was a great success. We raised over $10,000 at the event, and 16 Rural Action supporters joined our Multiple Year Giving Society. We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the following new Giving Society members for their long-term commitment to our work:

Gift of Hope: Steve and Joni Hodgson

Multi-Year Gifts: Lynn and Jim Anastas
Mike Bishop
Jennifer Bowman
Elizabeth Braun
Leslie Horner
Kathy Keiter
Patricia Light
Frank and Lorraine Myers
Rafael Obregon
Joanne Dove Prisley
Debbie and John Schmieding
Russell Tippett
Dan and Jacqie Weber

The Multiple Year Giving Society was founded in 2004 to create more sustainable funding strategies for Rural Action. Giving Society members make pledges at several levels: Multi-Year Gifts less than $1,000; the Gift of Hope - $1,000 for five years; the Gift of Action - $5,000 for five years; the Gift of Community - $10,000 for five years.

Thanks to the generous contributions of event sponsors – Wil Chandler and Athens Realty, Hocking Valley Bank, and Tribune Quality Printing – every dollar raised at the fundraiser will go directly to our programs.

To see pictures from the Fundraiser, read the last edition of the Rambler by clicking "11/29/06" in the column to the left.


By Chris Tomazic, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

Five new AmeriCorps*VISTAs started with Rural Action this past week. From Monday to Wednesday they have been in an intense training session learning about the diverse work Rural Action undertakes in Appalachia Ohio, meeting with program coordinators and touring the region. You will find a picture of the VISTAs below. From left to right, front to back, the new VISTAs and their program areas are: Jeff Hardman, Forestry; Katy Sulfridge, Media; Matthew Presutti, Graphic Design; Bob Fedeski, Events; Kim Klosterman, Friends of the Lower Muskingum River. Welcome!

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