Readers have donated more than $70 million to Arizona nonprofits since The Arizona Republic launched Season for Sharing nearly three decades ago.
This year the needs were particularly acute and you responded with more than $2.1 million as the pandemic hit so many people so hard. These donations helped 176 nonprofit organizations serving seniors, Black-owned businesses, teachers and students, homeless shelters, victims of domestic violence and children in foster care.
I appreciate your generosity.
During Season for Sharing, we write profiles on nonprofits like Esperanca, an organization that provides food to seniors in need, and Educare Arizona, a nonprofit that works to close the gap success through early childhood education.
It’s a successful formula: these stories draw the necessary attention to the best of us. Your donations fuel their success. It’s time to give back by posting more of these stories.
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To do it right, we’ll need a bigger log.
These stories aren’t the only ones we need more of.
My mailbox is full of notes from readers who want more local news. Who laments thinner papers even as we grow bigger than ever on our digital platforms. We know that for some of you, there’s nothing like moving on.
“You probably don’t get a lot of communications starting with ‘I love reading Republic AZ’ – well, I do,” a recent email began. “Your journal is an important part of my Wednesday and Sunday rituals that I look forward to.”
Devoted readers want to linger longer with the Sunday paper.
I hear you. Starting June 6, we’re adding pages to give you:
- A weekly philanthropy feature linked to Season for Sharing. Each Sunday, we’ll highlight the work of an Arizona nonprofit that helps seniors, supports children’s education, promotes black-led businesses, and serves the underserved.
- A weekly series called Faces of Arizona. Once a week, we will feature people who are not recognized for their places or activities in diverse or underserved communities. These profiles of good people and good deeds will anchor a revamped section of Sunday Valley & State that emphasizes community building.
- A weekly story page in Sunday Arts & Entertainment. We’ll feature historic photos from the Republic Archives and spinning columns on Arizona’s backstory, vignettes that reveal or rediscover unique people and places.
- A larger main section to accommodate business and investigative projects. These reports will reach the printed paper along with more graphics and photos that we publish online, those that often end up on the cutting room floor when designing the print edition.
- An expanded Arts and Entertainment section to cover food and restaurants more deeply as Metro Phoenix’s dining scene rebounds from the pandemic.
- An extra puzzle page for readers who can’t get enough of word and number games as they relax with a newspaper and a coffee or a Bloody Mary.
For those who prefer paper in digital form, these stories are also available in the e-Edition, our digital replica of the newspaper. It has additional features, including archives, and allows you to save and share articles with family and friends. If your eyes need a break, turn on the audio function and the e-Edition will read the stories aloud for you.
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We know that the newspaper is not only an important part of a community. It’s an important part of your day. As one couple told us last week, “There’s something special about hitting the paper, discussing opinions together, laughing at comics and disagreeing with columnists. We cut articles and let’s come back to check the news we want to review.”
Sunday we will give more to discuss, disagree or verify. It’s our way of adding a little more for one of the most important parts of the diary: you.
Greg Burton is editor of The Arizona Republic.