Member Agencies

Center for Rural Affairs

25-WORD DESCRIPTION:

Center for Rural Affairs, founded by rural people concerned about the future of their communities, works to ensure rural Americans have access to opportunity.

HOW WE USE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS: 

  • $1 per week helps provide fresh farm-raised food to children for school lunches. ($52) 
  • $10 per month helps win rural-focused provisions in the Farm Bill. ($120)
  • $5 per week helps ensure Nebraska passes forward-thinking, socially just laws. ($260)
  • $15 per month helps us fight for a clean energy future for rural America. ($180)
  • $25 per month sends people like you to Washington D.C. to fight for strong small towns and rural communities. ($300)


A STORY FROM OUR AGENCY:

Thirteen years ago, Maria wanted to start her own bakery. She had been working from home making cakes for friends and family, but always wanted to have her own shop.

In 2008, she started her own business, baking cakes out of her basement in Hastings. Maria and her sister delivered the cakes, and customers dropped by to pick up their order.

The cakes were custom made for weddings, Quinceaneras, birthdays, or just because. Besides doing the baking and delivery, Maria and her sister both held part-time jobs outside their home.

“I always wanted to have my own place, my own bakery. Customers asked when I was going to open my bakery,” said Maria.

Our services were essential to realizing that goal. Maria qualified for two small business loans: one to purchase a van to transport the cakes and the other for remodeling a site for the new bakery.

Our Latino Business Center was able to provide technical assistance on the business plan and assist with required permits and services from the electrician, plumber, accountant, and even her attorney.

In 2015, Maria finally accomplished her dream. She opened her bakery in a storefront in Grand Island. She serves 12 items, which include Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Cheesecake, Cappuccino, Carrot, and 3 Leches with Peach.

“Don’t give up on your dream. Find the resources, ask the questions, and be persistent,” she told us. We are thrilled to be a part of Maria’s success.

 

CAMPAIGN CODE NUMBERS:

Campaign Code: 6425

(For campaigns at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, City of Lincoln, LES, LPS, Lancaster County, SCC and private companies.)

State of Nebraska: 708L

ADDRESS/PHONE:

145 Main Street
P.O. Box 136
Lyons, NE 68038

402-687-2100

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