Success Stories

Success stories are a compilation of staff written success stories and case studies that highlight our impact in rural communities.


  • Fires, disasters create new realities for water systems

    Northern California, with its thousands of acres of forests and dozens of small towns tucked away, has become ground zero for wildfires year after year. Rough terrain and isolated communities present unique challenges for firefighting operations. The 2018 Camp Fire was the deadliest in California history, causing massive destruction in the town of Paradise.

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  • Bank of America grant funds PPE kits for water and wastewater operators in the rural west

    A generous Bank of America grant is allowing Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) to procure and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to rural water and wastewater systems.

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  • RCAC joins collaborative effort to distribute cloth masks

    As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies developed plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) joined a major endeavor to distribute hundreds of thousands of cloth facemasks to water and wastewater operators in Arizona, California and Nevada.

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  • In a time of crisis, new partnerships emerge to provide payroll relief

    Like most small businesses, the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of San Luis Obispo considered March on track to be a typical month. The thriving nonprofit organization has provided critical community services for California’s central coast since 1987. Over time, it expanded services to people with a range of developmental disabilities beyond cerebral palsy.

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  • Self-help perseveres through pandemic

    Grit, commitment and unity have always been cornerstones of the self-help housing program and the families who participate. Now more than ever, these characteristics are showing through. Families are coming together while staying apart, continuing, though volunteers are not, building their own places to shelter and persevering through the pandemic.

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