ERIC Number: ED239782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Rural Community Action: A Series of Case Studies of Action Projects in Small New York State Communities. Miscellaneous Bulletin 116.
Preston, James C.; Halton, Katherine B.
The report presents case studies of 7 community action projects which were undertaken by New York communities with populations under 10,000 and which show how local leaders can improve the quality of life in their communities. The report describes the background, initiation, expansion, implementation, consequences, and highlights of the projects, which included developing a maple festival; establishing a rural medical clinic; providing senior citizen housing; developing a complex to house senior citizens, a health care center, and a child development center; establishing an arts and crafts center; and providing a new library. The report notes that although the projects ranged from informal local efforts to formalized projects involving extensive outside assistance and funding, they had the following features in common: (1) the principal actors and beneficiaries were local people and the goals represented local interests, (2) the projects were public, (3) the projects were oriented towards solving local problems with extensive volunteer participation, and (4) the process was democratic. The report also analyzes each case study for elements central to success and presents patterns of the action process including establishing non-profit corporations for community action, using communication and publicity, fund-raising and funding, coordinating the community and forming networks, and leading the projects. (SB)
Descriptors: Arts Centers, Case Studies, Child Development Centers, Community Action, Community Centers, Community Cooperation, Community Development, Community Health Services, Community Involvement, Community Leaders, Community Resources, Financial Support, Health Facilities, Housing, Libraries, Methods, Needs Assessment, Networks, Nonprofit Organizations, Older Adults, Publicity, Quality of Life, Rural Areas, Rural Development
Cornell Distribution Center, 7 Research Park, Ithaca, NY 14850 ($4.50; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Human Ecology at Cornell Univ.; State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell Univ.; Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers: Festivals; New York; Small Towns
Note: For related document, see RC 013 283.