There’s currently a link to People in Need at the top of our home page, www.columbian.com. When I checked on Wednesday, it highlighted the needs of 65 local families being served by the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program. Although People in Need donations are split among several local charities, the Salvation Army is always a recipient.
Reading the brief descriptions of each family’s plight, I reflected on how lucky I have been. If you want to help a family, the deadline is fast approaching, because Adopt-A-Family is tied to Christmas giving. If you go to our website after reading this, you may see more general information about the People in Need Fund, which remains active for several weeks after Christmas.
The People in Need campaign is just one of the projects undertaken by The Columbian’s Community Partnerships department. Some news came from that small department this week, as its director, Jody Campbell, announced her retirement. Jody is one of the family owners of The Columbian, and she and her husband, Scott, are passing the business to a fourth generation. Since you can’t quite ever leave a family business, Jody will continue to be involved in a few of the department’s endeavors, as well as stay on the editorial board.
Our community partnerships take two forms. First, we have two advertising programs where we join with local nonprofit groups to get their word out to the community. In our larger program, we match advertising budgets 1:1 with the nonprofit. If you see advertising in our paper or on our website promoting a community event or fundraiser, the odds are it’s part of this program.
Our second program works with three or four local nonprofits to raise awareness of their group and its mission. This advertising is donated by The Columbian.
Community Partnerships’ other main focus is on producing our annual Economic Forecast Event and First Citizen recognition program.
If you want to know more about our community partnerships, the new coordinator is Teresa Davis, 360-735-4572, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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