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Help Support 30 More Years of Independent Journalism

For 30 years The Bridge has been independent, nonpartisan, and local. Within its print and web pages readers engage with political and business leaders, investigate the region’s most important issues, meet their neighbors, share opinions on big decisions, and celebrate home-grown achievements.

Reader support makes this possible. Please make an end-of-year gift today. You can contribute online by clicking the Donate button at the top of our website, montpelierbridge.org, or use the envelope inserted in this issue.

The Bridge works hard to keep high-quality, independent journalism alive in the face of pressures that have forced many other newspapers to close. Thanks to donations from hundreds of local readers, The Bridge continues to provide up-to-date information on flood recovery efforts by local businesses, reports on City Council, school board, and other commission meetings, commentaries ranging from climate change impacts to the Montpelier Senior Center, features such as Nona Estrin’s “Nature Watch” and Paul Carnahan’s “Then and Now,” a dynamic website filled with the latest news, photos, and more!

The Bridge is free to readers, ensuring everyone has access to the news. However, it takes money to produce it. Advertisers provide critical revenue, but many have suffered enormous losses from the July flood. Even with donated office space, volunteers contributing time and energy, and our no-frills operation, a critical gap remains between income and expenses. 

This is the perfect time to give, because from now through Dec. 31, NewsMatch will double your donation up to $1,000. We are honored that the Institute for Nonprofit News recognized The Bridge’s importance and accepted it into this national matching program.

About 1,800 newspapers have closed in the United States over the past 20 years, creating “news deserts” in many parts of the country. Here in Vermont, we have seen some of our formerly strong for-profit daily newspapers, TV, and radio stations lay off staff and shrink in size and scope.

 The Bridge qualified as a federally approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit this year. The official name of the new organization is Capital Region Community Media (CRCM). The Friends of the Bridge will merge with this new group by the end of the year, enabling us to streamline our fundraising efforts. 

If you enjoy The Bridge and think having a widely available source of local news is important, please give generously, to the extent you can. If you don’t find our envelope and would rather not donate online, checks made out to CRCM can be mailed to P.O. Box 1641, Montpelier, VT 05601. 

Monthly sustaining donations can be set up through montpelierbridge.org and are greatly appreciated to help ensure a steady income stream. New sustaining monthly donations will get a little extra love from NewsMatch, which will match every month’s donation for 12 months, up to $1,000.

Thanks, and best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season.

The Friends of The Bridge Board of Directors: Didi Brush, Phil Dodd, Barbara Floersch, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Ken Jones, Michael Levine, Tania Solano 

Capital Region Community Media Board of Directors: Phil Dodd, Gregory Gerdel, Natasha Eckart, Larry Floersch, John Lazenby, Stephen McArthur, Linda Radtke, Nancy Reid, Mason Singer, Justin Turcotte