Melody Warnick and SaveYour.Town are Keeping and Attracting Talented People in Rural Places

Melody Warnick and SaveYour.Town are Keeping and Attracting Talented People in Rural Places

Melody Warnick’s books have been refreshing reads for me in thinking about how people and place interact to create the culture in rural communities. In This Is Where You Belong, Melody talks openly about her own struggle to feel connected when she moved to a new town. In If You Could Live Anywhere she shares…

How SaveYour.Town is helping small towns in 2024

How SaveYour.Town is helping small towns in 2024

See our mood board, above? It’s all about how SaveYour.Town is helping you along the way in 2024 and beyond. Deb Brown and I picked that phrase, helping you along the way, because we know that you’re full up on work to do. You’re probably involved in multiple organizations in your community. Certainly you are…

Here’s why I started the Survey of Rural Challenges

Here’s why I started the Survey of Rural Challenges

Could you help us spread the word on the Survey of Rural Challenges to as many people as possible? You could repost, add to your newsletter, print it in the local newspaper or share in meetings and presentations now through the end of May. Use this link: SaveYour.Town/survey2024  Thank you!  The very first time I…

Get more volunteer help with small steps

Get more volunteer help with small steps

What’s the best way to get volunteers to take lots of required training or complete an intensive commitment? Help them take small steps. Take a large volunteering goal: Break it into easier subgoals: And make it flexible for them: It’s the same goal! But wording it differently made a big difference in how volunteers reacted…

10 small steps toward a better community that don’t require permission

10 small steps toward a better community that don’t require permission

You’d like to do more for your small town or rural community, but you’re held back by at least a couple of things: You don’t actually need either of those. Small steps can be meaningful and usually don’t require permission. That’s why Deb and I say: 99% of the best things you can do for…

Overwhelmed with housing challenges? Gather your crowd

Overwhelmed with housing challenges? Gather your crowd

Caldwell, Kansas, has a population of about 1000 people. The city has taken an active role in improving the condition and availability of housing in their town. That’s a LOT for a town of 1,000 people!  But the city is not the only group interested in housing. When I visited the town, we made a…

If you’re tired of “Nothing good happens here!” complaints, make a success list

If you’re tired of “Nothing good happens here!” complaints, make a success list

Part of being Idea Friendly is to Gather Your Crowd. It’s not arm-twisting or “volun-telling” other people.  You put your idea out there, and you let it attract people to you.  One easy way: show progress.  Deb used to keep a list of every new business that opened in Webster City, Iowa. Then when someone…

Who are we really? Becky McCray and Deb Brown, co-founders of SaveYour.Town

Who are we really? Becky McCray and Deb Brown, co-founders of SaveYour.Town

I’m Becky McCray from Oklahoma. I co-founded SaveYour.Town with Deb Brown. Deb used to live in Iowa, but just moved to Mississippi. That meant I had to update our SaveYour.Town “about us” page. Now seems like a good time to share more about who we are, really. We are part of our communities, just like…