Plain Press 2020 Fundraiser

October 2020

Dear Plain Press Readers and Supporters,

This year marks the 49th anniversary of the award-winning* community newspaper, the Plain Press. A free community newspaper founded in 1971, the Plain Press continues to present issues and community news to residents of Cleveland’s west side. During the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020, the Plain Press continued its mission of presenting issues and news at no charge to its 40,000 readers each month. Our Community Board helped inform residents of available resources during a time period when many residents were unable to access the internet due to library closures.

The Plain Press’ ability to continue to serve the west side neighborhoods of Cleveland is due in large part to the contributions of readers and supporters in the annual Friends of the Plain Press Campaign. The Friends of the Plain Press Campaign was established following the successful 2011 40th anniversary fundraiser. The Plain Press reached out to readers and supporters and you came through to help sustain the newspaper.

This year, we are again asking you to donate to the Plain Press to ensure the newspaper moves forward.  To mark its 49th anniversary we are asking you for a donation of $49 or a reflection of its 49 years of operation (e.g. $98, $149, $490). It will help subsidize the newspaper, but will be specifically used to support the Plain Press’ Community Board’s listings of free events and resources.

A separate Plain Press fund has been established for the newspaper by Organize! Ohio (a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization).  Checks should be made out to Organize Ohio and sent to 3500 Lorain Avenue, Suite 501 A, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.  Your contribution is tax deductible. To make online donations you can link to the Organize! Ohio Pay Pal through the Plain Press website:

 When making a donation, either by mail or online, please indicate that the donation is for the Plain Press.

The Plain Press has served as your community newspaper for 49 years.  We call upon you to contribute towards another year of publishing the Plain Press. We appreciate your support.


Gail Long (Fundraising Committee) Larry Bresler (Fundraising Committee & Co-Coordinator 1970’s) Chuck Hoven (Managing Editor – 1988-present) Deborah Rose Sadlon (Editor – 1990-present) Leo Jeffres (Secretary, on behalf of the Board of Trustees) 

* Including Neighborhood Community Press Association of Greater Cleveland’s awards for Best Overall Community Coverage

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Friends of the Plain Press — Donation Form

Here is my contribution of:

 _____ $49   _____$98   _____ $149 _____ $490   _____ Other $___________

Name: ________________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________

City ______________________ State: _______________ Zip: ______________

Telephone: _________________________               email: ____________________________________

Checks should be made out to Organize Ohio and sent to: Organize Ohio, 3500 Lorain Avenue, Suite 501 A, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.  Your contribution will be tax deductible. To make online donations link to Organize! Ohio’s Pay Pal via  Please indicate the donation is for the Plain Press.

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