“In rural communities you find our past—our roots and heritage—and our future. These communities are important to who we are and who we will be. It’s why I believe they should have every opportunity to thrive through access to quality health care, education and economic opportunity.”
“Rural made me who I am today. Growing up in a small town I was lucky to have a support network of family, friends, and neighbors who all believed in caring for all members of our community. The spirit of looking out for others was and is entrenched in small town life. It is an honor to be a part of a foundation woven of this same fabric.”
“I believe rural communities deserve recognition and advocacy because of the crucial contributions they make to society. It’s incumbent upon us all to be informed advocates for our hard-working, rural neighbors.”
“Rural communities are the lifeblood of America – daily life is impossible without their numerous contributions. I am grateful to be part of an organization dedicated to listening and engaging with individual community members, empowering them to thrive, and helping to preserve and exemplify their culture to all.”
“People shouldn’t have to relocate to find a better quality of life. I love finding organizations and individuals that are committed to cultivating their own backyards, and I’m glad that we as a foundation can help them step into their potential.”
“I live in rural Missouri. We laugh, cry, and work together. We stay connected to the land and each other. There is such diversity, beauty, and promise in our communities. It’s a way of life that should be both preserved and shared, and I am grateful to be a part of our Foundation’s mission to make that happen.“
“Good health and educational opportunities are so critical for success and satisfaction, and rural communities deserve access to resources that will ensure they can achieve this.”
“Rural matters to me because it encompasses the heart and soul of many communities across the globe, requiring resiliency in order to maintain a great community, vital relationships and ongoing engagement of the residents.”
“Growing up in Southeast Kansas, I have seen firsthand that rural communities are a vital piece of our nation’s social and economic fabric. I am proud to be part of a foundation that helps support them to grow and thrive for generations to come.”
“Neighbors supporting neighbors. Communities that uplift their own to instill passion, integrity, and value history. I’m proud to be part of an organization that empowers rural communities by listening to their needs.”
“Rural communities are beautiful places inhabited by resilient people, but they are also fragile in a way. Almost a quarter of America’s elderly and one in five children live in rural areas. I want the people who live in rural communities to know that they are important to America’s past and future.”
The Patterson Family Foundation was established to reinvest in rural communities and cultivate values of education and hard work for current and future generations. Currently, the Foundation is led by the adult children of the Patterson Family.
If you’re passionate about serving our rural communities, we might have a job for you. Let’s talk.