Start a Saucon Community News Website

$6,459 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 125 people in 33 months
Josh Popichak  HELLERTOWN, PA
The residents and businesses of the Saucon Valley need a comprehensive website featuring timely coverage of important local issues, news alerts, announcements, business listings, photos, an events calendar, advertising and much more. My goal is to launch a site that serves the diverse needs of our community, but I need funding to help supplement my own investment of time, energy and money; funding that will help pay for startup costs such as insurance, web hosting/design fees, marketing, consulting fees and support services. I am therefore asking you to contribute what you can to this campaign. This is a true grassroots effort, so no donation is too small! Once the site is established, my goal is for it to be self-sustaining via multiple revenue streams, including advertising and sponsorships by local businesses/organizations and continued donations from readers who value the ability to quickly and conveniently access local news. If you believe in the importance of locally-produced, local news that cares about the Saucon Valley as much as you do, please make a contribution. The projected launch date for the website is late August. Thank you in advance for your support!
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Update 9
Posted by Josh Popichak
31 months ago
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So...something amazing happened today, and that was the shattering of the fundraising goal for a Saucon community news website, thanks to an anonymous donation of $900. Combined with the money previously raised (which includes $1,165 in private donations), that brought the grand total raised by this pledge drive to $7,010. WOW!! I am in awe of this support for something that has long been a dream of mine (and many others): independent, online LOCAL NEWS.

This GoFundMe campaign has been a journey, and I want to sincerely thank everyone who's donated (some as little as $5, and some as much as $1,000). You have all given from the heart, and your generosity both humbles and inspires me. It is not something I will ever take for granted. I especially want to thank the Saucon Valley Farmers' Market for allowing me to 'set up shop' with an information booth where I've enjoyed face-time with you. That's been productive and a lot of fun.

I can't stress enough that this crowdfunding mission has been a grassroots effort from Day One, and after the website is established I know it will continue to be a grassroots effort, because that's what local news needs to be. I understand that now more than ever, and I know you do, too.

At this point I'm hoping for an October launch, but there are many steps that need to be taken before that can happen, so please be patient as I work to create the best site for Saucon Valley news that I can.

In the meantime, my commitment is the same as it has always been: to do my best to report and share local information that matters to you. Thanks again!!
YEAH!
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Update 8
Posted by Josh Popichak
32 months ago
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We're almost halfway through August (this summer has flown by!), so I figured it's time for another update on the campaign for a Saucon community news website.

First, thank you to everyone who's already donated. As of Aug. 11, we're more than two-thirds of the way to goal (including private donations). That's an incredible achievement in its own right.

But we're not there yet...

WHY A WEBSITE? WHY NOW?

The main driver for this campaign is the need for an open-platform online source for up-to-date local news and information. Currently there is none dedicated to the Saucon Valley. Local and regional print newspapers' coverage is often incomplete, out of touch or stale by the time it reaches readers. Too many billboards and signs clutter up our picturesque landscape, and word of mouth/social media aren't always reliable. Just think about the major issues affecting the Saucon Valley right now--including the Rt. 412 construction/traffic and the teacher contract dispute--and ask yourself how important accurate, timely information about these issues is to you.

WHAT WILL THE WEBSITE OFFER?

The site will report on Saucon Valley local government, schools, crime, business, traffic and more. Upcoming events will be highlighted and community announcements will be featured. I also envision the website becoming a window on the world for our local businesses, many of whom need the visibility--and the community's support--now more than ever.

WHAT WILL MY DONATION HELP FUND?

Your donation will help pay for insurance coverage, marketing, web hosting, consulting/startup costs and other expenses during the website's critical launch period. Giving to something that gives back to you makes you more than just a casual reader/observer--it makes you a stakeholder in your community, online.

CONNECT WITH ME

Please remember that no donation is too small. If you would prefer to mail a donation, please email me via the GoFundMe page "Contact" link for more information. And if you haven't already, please friend me on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/joshpopichak), where I currently post a variety of original content and share links to stories of local interest.

Questions? Please get in touch with me via Facebook or email and I'll do my best to answer them. I'll even come and talk to your business or civic group about this campaign if you're interested!

THANK YOU.

Josh
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Update 7
Posted by Josh Popichak
32 months ago
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Dear friends,

I have now surpassed the halfway point! Thanks to the generosity of local readers--some of whom have made private donations by cash/check--the total amount raised to help launch a local news site so far is $3,625. That's an awesome accomplishment in just over a month, and I know that with your support I'll be able to reach my goal by the end of the summer.

For those who haven't contributed to this campaign, I would ask you to take a moment to think about why you value local news, and then consider a donation that reflects your commitment to keeping access to it open. The reality is that all local news operations cost money--particularly in their startup phase. And that is why I'm continuing to ask for your help.

This Sunday, July 20 I'll again be at the Saucon Valley Farmers' Market in Water Street Park, Hellertown from 9 am to 1 pm to discuss my campaign and to help promote the start of the third annual SAUCON VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK--an event that I've helped plan along with other members of the Hellerotwn Borough Business Revitalization Committee. Please stop by the booth to say hi, look at the restaurant week menus (yum), grab a flyer, ask me about the campaign or make a donation.

Also, please friend me on Facebook (if you haven't already), where I currently post/share a lot of Saucon Valley news content. Here's the link to my page: https://www.facebook.com/joshpopichak

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Josh
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Update 6
Posted by Josh Popichak
33 months ago
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This Sunday, July 13 I will be at the Saucon Valley Farmers' Market in Water Street Park, Hellertown from 9 to 1 to talk about the local news/information website I will be launching later this year, as well as my current GoFundMe campaign to help finance the launch. This will be a great opportunity to do some informal brainstorming and talk about ways to make the website as useful to YOU as possible, so please don't be shy. Stop by and say hi! I'll also have campaign flyers to hand out and I'll be accepting in-person donations from anyone who doesn't feel comfortable contributing online. ... And from 10 to noon food author and canning expert Marisa McClellan will be leading a free food preservation demo and signing copies of her latest book, "Preserving by the Pint." All in all it's going to be an awesome Sunday at the market. Hope to see you!
My GoFundMe campaign flyer!
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Carol Smith
31 months ago

Go for it, Josh! This community needs a local news source that is interactive and fair.

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Larry Deibert
31 months ago

Congrats, Josh. I look forward to reading the news. Your stories are always refreshing.

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Martha Popichak
31 months ago

Great news! Congratulations and good luck!

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Raised by 125 people in 33 months
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Carol Smith
31 months ago

Go for it, Josh! This community needs a local news source that is interactive and fair.

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Larry Deibert
31 months ago

Congrats, Josh. I look forward to reading the news. Your stories are always refreshing.

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Martha Popichak
31 months ago

Great news! Congratulations and good luck!

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