Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Help the Homeless: Save StreetWise Magazine

I was reading the Chicago Tribune online and was disturbed to read that StreetWise magazine is in danger of going out of business. As a former Chicagoan, I purchased StreetWise every week because it was a way to help the homeless who were trying to help themselves. I picked up this information below from their website:

StreetWise is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to empower men and women who currently are, or at risk of becoming homeless. StreetWise accomplishes this mission by publishing a weekly magazine which is sold to these men and women and they in turn sell it on the street for a profit. The publication is not a hand-out, but rather an opportunity for these vendors to become financially self-sufficient through gainful employment. StreetWise was founded in 1991 and has become a staple reading of the Chicago streets.
How it All Works:
It costs StreetWise 35 cents to print an edition of the magazine, which it sells to homeless vendors for 75 cents. The homeless vendors sell copies on the street for $2. With the money StreetWise keeps, the non-profit provides job placement and counseling services to its homeless vendors. With the economy in it's current state, anyone could become homeless, so organizations like StreetWise are important to maintain.
They Need Your Help
Please consider making a donation to StreetWise from their website. Any amount will help. Click HERE to make a donation to StreetWise. Remember they are a registered non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, so your donation is tax-deductible. I'm hoping I can get 20 of my readers to donate $20 to them. Any chance you can go check it out? Thanks
-Rick Rockhill

3 comments:

Seamus said...

We used to purchase the Seattle equivalent Real Change when we lived there. I believe papers like that and StreetWise are a worthy endeavor.

jackie said...

I made $20 donation....happy to do my part and help for a good organization.

lime said...

i never heard of such a thing but it's a wonderful and worthy idea. thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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