Making a difference

We get our fair share of criticism — some deserved, some not so much — so it’s always nice to hear from the folks who are happy with us. A lot of times it comes from people who are trying to get the word out about an event or a need for help and who have had a story run in the newspaper.

I received just such a comment yesterday from Mary Holbrook, the local district direct for Junior Achievement. JA is taking on the senior projects for the Medford schools for the first time this year and found itself woefully behind in recruiting volunteer judges. Mary contacted us, we ran a story in Wednesday’s paper and JA promptly got a huge response. Here’s part of Mary’s email message to me:

“If anybody wants to know if the MT gets results, just have them call me!  Since the article about needing senior judges appeared in this morning’s paper, my phone has not stopped ringing!”

Well, that’s literally a ringing endorsement for the power of a community newspaper. And it’s far from the first time that we’ve heard that kind of report, from groups large and small. A good reminder for us — and, hopefully, for our readers — that we still are in a position to make a difference and help our community.

By the way, if you can spend a few hours as a judge for senior projects, contact Mary at mholbrook@ja-pdx.org or 541-842-3920.

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