NRP engages with communities through community meetings, focus groups, and local events with a bi-partisan group of community leaders, non-profit organizations, faith leaders, and others. We believe that listening to their input allows us to focus on the most urgent essential needs of the overall area. We know issues such as the availability of broadband internet, high unemployment, drug use and other issues must be addressed at the community level with the involvement of the resident. NRP will work with community members to develop the tools and resources that will help.
People under the age of 40 represent 36% of registered voters in our focus counties, yet they represented only 29% of the total vote in 2020. In these seven counties alone, nearly 60,000 young people did not vote.
BLACK, INDIGENOUS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR (BIPOC)
BIPOC represents 38% of registered voters in our focus counties, and they are the majority of registered voters in Anson, Hoke, Robeson and Scotland Counties. In 2020, BIPOC made up only 33% of the total vote, because almost 55,000 BIPOC did not vote.
NRP focuses on increasing voter participation in elections at all levels of government.
ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
Rural communities have less access to quality healthcare and vaccinations. Many of these communities have suffered the loss of local hospitals and have limited access to medical specialists and tele-health.
NRP is active in supporting COVID-19 vaccine events during the pandemic. We also plan to launch new initiatives to help improve health outcomes through healthcare education, health insurance information, and resources to rural communities.