Hang in there, Chippewa Valley.
Like so many organizations right now, our staff is doing everything we can to help where it makes sense, with the tools we have available to us.
Even now, we want to help serve as a connecting thread to the heartbeat of our community, because that heartbeat hasn’t stopped. So neither will we.
- As things got bad in mid-March, in an effort to support the independent restaurant and retail scene, we quickly launched the Save Your Faves webpage to help connect the public with independent restaurants still offering pick up or delivery, and with retailers offering gift cards online or via phone. Find it at VolumeOne.org/SaveYourFaves.
- On March 27, we launched the Chippewa Valley Bulletin Board at VolumeOne.org, offering local non-profits and adversely affected businesses the opportunity to post their own content to our site, our large email list, and social feeds (free of charge) with updates, requests, offers, fundraisers, and more. If your organization could use this service, find more info on our website.
- In general we’re using our website, huge email lists, social media feeds, and print edition to inspire action and tell as many stories as we can of citizens, businesses, and non-profits supporting each other and working to make it through this tough time.
- We continue to gather and share on VolumeOne.org as many resources as we can find for local food pantries, community meal services, financial resources, temporary job boards, fundraisers, and much more. Let us know if we’re missing any.
- To help these stories and resources be discovered, our staff jumped in their own cars to offer free doorstep delivery of this issue to people who are unable to get to one from a rack right now. Thousands signed up on our website.
- We are offering local businesses and non-profits affected by the crisis short-term options for reduced rate advertising and promotion on our digital and print platforms through May. Contact email@example.com to discuss your options, and how we can help.
- We’re supporting the Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund through a cash donation and significant promotional support and awareness. Find more info on how you can donate at VolumeOne.org.
Finally, to keep our creative and hardworking staff of nearly 20 full-time people supported as much as possible, we’ve found some incredible community organizations and individuals who have stepped up to support these efforts. We’re deeply thankful for their backing, because the vast majority of our usual advertising income from events, ticketing, restaurants, retailers, and other local businesses disappeared as the shutdown materialized. This will help us keep most of our staff on the payroll and their benefits intact, though schedules may be reduced as we do our best to make it out the other side of this crisis. You’ll see these sponsors’ names and logos on the following page, as well as in their ads throughout this issue. It’s with their generous spirit in mind, that we’ll continue to pay it forward with every tool available to us.