Rural Works Program

Rural Works! is an economic development strategy that offers a holistic approach to eliminating poverty. Rural Works! is based on the successful Cincinnati Works! employment program. The goal of Cincinnati Works! is to help low-income area residents overcome their barriers to stable, long-term employment. River Valley Resources has an exclusive contract with Cincinnati Works! to create the only rural variation of this model in the nation.


Rural Works! serves two segments of the population: those who are currently unemployed, and those who are underemployed e.g. the working poor. The short-term goal for the unemployed is to help them stabilize in a job that pays $7.25 to $10.00 per hour with health benefits. The long term goal for the underemployed is for them to earn 200% of the federal poverty rate and move to economic self-sufficiency. Economically self-sufficient people become taxpayers and productive citizens who no longer require public assistance.

Program Locations

Jefferson County

Jasmine Mardello 

Rural Works Senior Program Coordinator 
Phone: 812-599-9147
Email: jmardello@rivervalleyresources.com

Decatur County

Carolyn Bunzendahl

Employment Coordinator
Phone: 317-383-9316
Email: cbunzendahl@rivervalleyresources.com

Franklin County

Carolyn Bunzendahl

Employment Coordinator
Phone: 317-383-9316
Email: cbunzendahl@rivervalleyresources.com

Re-Entry Services

Patrice Alcorn

Employment Services Coordinator

Phone: 812-265-2652
Email: palcorn@rivervalleyresources.com

Phone: 812-273-9270 Toll Free: 855-591-7848

Fax: 812-265-2664

100 E. Second Street
Madison, IN 47250

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