Chet with the Farmers Veteran Coalition is our kiwanis speaker.
The Mission - mobilize veterans to feed America.
Chet came home from the Marines and found reintegration to be a challenge. So he sought a way to heal through working with veterans to build their dreams.
20% of the population lives in rural areas but 41% are military. Veterans are experiencing high unemployment. Farmers are aging out. There is a strong workforce of vets to take on the challenge of farming.
Chet's skill set is financial. He works with vets to set up the business plan, financing, and money planning.
Key Ideas: unite and strengthen neighborhoods. You are a product of your environment.
Park Avenue neighborhood is the current focus. 1 in 3 people in the area earn below the poverty line.
There has been a huge increase in poverty in the U.S.
Neighborhood development gets to the root of issues. InCommon built a community center 2 years ago in Park Ave area. Gives a "front door" to the people in the area.
Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) - who are they? Started with churches organized into Neighbors United. Foster relationships with community meals, Zumba, job training programs, and setting up a recycling business to employ people.
Civic Power + Social Change
Thank you, Christian, for sharing your mission with Greater Omaha Kiwanis.