Boyle McCauley News

Since 1979 • June-July 2023 • Circulation 5000

Your Community Newspaper Urgently Needs Your Support

A Message to Readers, Community Members, and Potential Donors and Sponsors.

Boyle McCauley News’ Editor Paula Kirman (left) and Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Chapman at Resource Connect (organized by REACH Edmonton) in 2019. File Photo

P(DROPCAP). The pandemic has had a negative effect on many non-profit organizations – and that includes Boyle McCauley News.

Much of the hardship stems from the closure of casinos (70% of our annual budget) during the pandemic. We were supposed to have ours in the second quarter of 2021, but the backlog is about a year and a half long, which means we may not get a casino until the first quarter of 2023. We also missed a year of community festivals where we raised money by doing things such as selling raffle tickets.

We already had to shut down the print edition for the summer. During our current fiscal year (which goes from September 1 to August 31), we have enough budgeted for six print editions. However, unless things turn around in the near future, we are on the brink of shutting down forever. We risk losing this 42-year-old newspaper, which has been published regularly since 1979. Each issue has 5,000 print copies distributed, along with 3,000 to 5,000 visitors monthly online at our website.

Boyle McCauley News connects our unique inner city community. It is the only place where you can find many of these stories about what is happening in your neighbourhood that are not covered by regular media.

As the Chair of Boyle McCauley News, I am amazed by the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers. They write, photograph, edit, design, proofread, assemble, and deliver each issue and maintain the website. They manage the budget and keep financial records. They find ways to thank the volunteers and raise funds.

Please consider donating, sponsoring, or supporting us in any way you can to ensure that this great work continues. And, if you know of individuals or groups who would like to support our efforts, please encourage them to help. Details of how you can contact us and/or assist us financially are linked below.

I am confident that this unique community can do this! We have a stellar record of volunteerism and support for each other.

Alan Schietzsch
Boyle McCauley News Board Chair


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