Start a Saucon Community News Website
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!!
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!
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!
Go for it, Josh! This community needs a local news source that is interactive and fair.
Congrats, Josh. I look forward to reading the news. Your stories are always refreshing.
Great news! Congratulations and good luck!