However, the COVID pandemic has seen many of our neighborhood's businesses close or be severely limited in operation, and the Riverwest Currents has not been immune (excuse the pun) to the economic fallout. Like many businesses, we have fallen on hard times.
Financial losses related to Covid-19 have come in different forms for all of us. Some of our advertisers have permanently closed or are operating at a diminished rate and are unable to afford to advertise. Many public places -- libraries, stores, restaurants, bars -- where folks used to be able to pick up a copy of the Currents, have had to go virtual or carry-out only. Because we have fewer places to distribute the papers, we have been delivering door-to-door as we can. We have cut pages, due to fewer events, shows, etc., that used to be listed in our extensive calendar section, but we have tried to keep as much as we could in content.
The Riverwest Currents would not be celebrating 20 years of providing support to our neighborhoods if not for the help of our advertisers, volunteers, writers, and most importantly, our readers. When we get to the point where we can cut the cord, turn off the computer and TV, and finally go out again, the Currents would like to be there to continue to showcase the local people, places, events, and activities that have always been our focus.
That's why we are asking for a little help, through opening this Go Fund Me site to raise the money to keep paying the printer and distributing the paper, both in print and online. We promise to keep going as long as we can, but we sure could use some help to get us through the next six months.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to ALL of US surviving this brutal pandemic and wish everyone around the world a better 2021.
The Riverwest Currents
Vince Bushell, Editor and Publisher
Lee Ann Gutowski, Editor, Sales and Distribution
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- Daniel Hayes
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