Hope for Rural America

Through our Rural Compassion initiative, Convoy of Hope resources, empowers and partners with rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching. We believe their increased presence and partnership with local leaders will help strengthen and enrich their communities.

Why Rural Communities?

Poverty and hunger have gained a devastating edge in America’s rural communities. There are approximately 350 consistently poor counties in the U.S. — 300 of those are rural. Such poverty traps children in a cycle that prevents them from receiving quality education, nutrition and health care. This need isn’t spoken of often enough, and we find it unacceptable. We’ll continue working tirelessly to bring positive change to these communities.

Our Impact

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    1,201

    churches and other organizations involved in 2017.
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    90,769

    pairs of shoes distributed in 2017.
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    3,894

    backpacks distributed in 2017.
  • 737

    rural communities served in 2017.
  • 11,020

    volunteer hours in 2017.

Our Approach

  • Partnering

    Rural Compassion depends on partnerships with community leaders, local organizations and churches in rural communities to reach out to those less fortunate.

  • Training

    By training, equipping and empowering local pastors and community leaders to be more effective leaders in their communities we believe lasting change will take place throughout the nation. Training sessions have been held at our World-Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri, and in rural communities across the nation.

Steve Donaldson

Senior Director of Rural Compassion and Co-Founder

Steve Donaldson, one of Convoy of Hope’s co-founders, has been dedicated to training leaders in rural communities since 2003. Steve believes that the future of America depends heavily on the health of rural areas and he’s gathered a team of experts who are actively working with a network of local pastors and community leaders to bring hope to America’s heartland.

School Backpacks

Rural Compassion partners with local schools and churches to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for students in rural areas. This helps establish these groups as part of the solution to poverty in their communities.

Hope for Rural America.

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