Support The Jamestown Press By Donating To Local Community News Fund of New England

$56,371

579 supporters

$500,000 goal

Campaign Ended

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The Jamestown Press

$28,372

by 275 supporters

$50,000 goal

I never thought I’d have to do this.

I’m old school and truly believe a newspaper has a four-pronged responsibility to the communities it serves: to inform, educate, protect and entertain.

It’s never about us — nor should it be. 

It’s about the people and places in those communities.

Their experiences.

Their lives.

Their stories.

Well, that’s all changed.

I have been blessed beyond any possible expectations I had when I purchased The Jamestown Press 4.5 years ago. This community’s support and connection to this paper is something I hadn’t seen in a long time in a well-traveled and myriad journalism career spanning 30 years and 10 stops along the way.

That support and generosity expands to all aspects of life here on the island. I’ve never lived anywhere with such a strong sense of community spirit, involvement and genuine concern. For me, being a part of this town — and all it has to offer, especially some of the people with whom I’ve developed close bonds — is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

It’s a unique, special bond that makes it a joy to come here everyday. That feeling is magnified by the hard-working, dedicated (and mostly local) staff here at the paper.

This community — and I — are fortunate to have them.

The coronavirus has impacted all of us in many ways — from topsy-turvy schedules to reduced or lost jobs to businesses being closed for months to now dealing with the uncertainty of how we move forward.

I understand my fellow business owners are hurting, and I’m extraordinarily grateful to those who have been able to maintain their advertising with us. That sole source of revenue is what allows us to mail a free copy of the paper to you every week. Unfortunately, it’s no longer enough.

So, I’m turning to you — our faithful readers.

The New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, created the Local Community News Fund of New England and this fund-raising portal to allow tax deductible donations to support your local newspaper.

Through the end of 2020, we are participating in this effort with a goal of raising at least $50,000 to help us be able to maintain The Jamestown Press in its current form.

More information on how to participate in this voluntary subscription drive can be found inside the pages of the paper.

Since we all are in this together, for every $100 donated to this fundraiser, we will provide a $20 chamber check to the contributor for their use so other businesses in town also can benefit from this effort. 

The more we all can do for one another, the easier it will be for all of us to alleviate the uncertainty of how we move forward together.

Sincerely,

Robert Berczuk
Publisher, The Jamestown Press

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Your local newspaper needs your help!

In times of uncertainty, the importance of reliable news and information is vital.

Local newspapers play a critical role in the communities they serve, making us all stronger. They are dedicated to keeping you informed, whether it is a local issue or a worldwide epidemic that is a danger to our communities, they are there to deliver consistent, quality local news coverage. Especially now, local news is a crucial public service that is keeping people informed and safe.

Traditional advertising revenue, which everyone has counted on to fund the free press, has been decimated by the current crisis, and the loss of advertising dollars has threatened the existence of many newspapers.

The New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, created the Local Community News Fund of New England and this fund-raising portal to allow tax deductible donations to support your local newspaper.

Local newspapers remain strong in their commitment to serve their community and, with some assistance from loyal readers, they can keep reporters on the job working to provide resources and information that every community needs.

You can ensure that your community continues to get the local news and information it needs by donating to this fund. All donations will go to the newspaper of your choice, and will help pay reporters’ salaries and other costs of covering the local community.

All donations to this fund are tax deductible. Thank you for supporting local newspapers. Together, we can make it through this.

Local Community News Fund of New England is a service of, and administered by, New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., affiliated with New England Newspaper and Press Association

New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., tax ID #23‐7297724, is a Section 501(c)(3) organization and is eligible to accept charitable contributions.


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