About This Issue & Give-a-Thon

With the holiday season shifting our focus on consumer goods into hyperdrive, The Corvallis Advocate sees this as the perfect time to level the pendulum and focus back on what giving is all about: uplifting those who have very little. Such is our intention for this special Give Guide edition — spotlighting local charities and nonprofits — as well as our upcoming Give-a-Thon event at Old World Deli on Dec. 4 which will also benefit nonprofit organizations, direct care staff, underprivileged individuals, and admittedly, us too.

The Give-a-Thon will feature booths, a live auction, free raffle, and letter writing station where guests can write letters to local caregivers, as well as those jailed, institutionalized, or homeless this holiday season. The event will be emceed by School Board President Vince Adams and will include a sprinkling of other keynote speakers such as Mayor Biff Traber and 2018 Mayoral Candidate and homeless advocate Riley Doraine.

Nonprofits range from homeless service agencies, to the Public Schools Foundation, to the Heartland Humane Society and Environmental Center. Keep posted on our Facebook event page as more nonprofits are announced, or contact admin@corvallisadvocate.com to get involved. 

Here’s the tentative schedule:

6:30  Opening Remarks: School Board President Vince Adams & Editor-in-Chief Stevie Beisswanger 

6:40  Open Mic for Local Charity Groups 

7:00  Guests Visit Charities, Collect Free Raffle Tickets

7:20  Speaker: Mayor Biff Traber

7:30  Auction Part One 

7:40  Table Time 

7:50  Speaker: Riley Doraine

8:00  Auction Part Two

8:10  Speaker: EIC Stevie B.

8:20  Speaker: Paige Shumway

8:30  Free Raffle

8:45  Last Call for Donations! 

Can’t wait to see you there! The falcon can’t wait either — at least, we heard there might be a falcon there.


Can We Stay Free?

Since the paper came under new editorial leadership a little over a year ago, there have been some significant changes made throughout these pages. We’ve improved every aspect of our operation from our website to our events calendar, while at the same time offering interactive events in line with the core values stated on our website, such as our Storytelling Nights, CitySpeak Events, and Candidate Debates. These, as well as our upcoming Give-a-Thon, extend our platform beyond our pages, offering space for Corvallis folk to exchange ideas, life experiences, and concerns for their community. Our intention is to build bridges and create unity in our increasingly fragmented and divisive world.

Our writers have consistently contributed thoughtful coverage, some of which has received national attention regarding such topics as our resident orcas facing extinction and an expose on Oregon hate groups. Locally, we’ve offered our platform to many groups and individuals making positive impacts, whether it be through activism and political roots such as with Mika Goodwin, or by native land restoration efforts as with Kings Valley resident Cliff Hall. Each of our writers bring a unique focus and perspective to the Corvallis community, which we believe should be celebrated and supported beyond the confines of our office space and meager means. 

Currently, we are only able to pay our reporters 5 cents a word. To put that into perspective, Jay Sharpe’s aforementioned coverage of Oregon hate groups, for which he put in over a hundred hours of work, only paid him about $200. And let’s not forget our editors; they currently make even less than reporters, putting in 40+ hour work weeks for The Advocate while holding down other jobs, and even attending graduate school. While we want nothing more than to fairly compensate our writers, we face a rapid decline in advertisements, like most news media, and have reached a point where our publisher can no longer keep subsidizing the paper. We find ourselves at a crossroads, pushing the paper to a higher quality and increasing community outreach, while being buried and exhausted by our lack of funds to sustain such efforts.  

Many in the alt weekly biz have shuttered the doors, and continue to do so on a daily basis. Those of us that are left are turning to you, the reader, the community advocate, to help us preserve the culture of local journalism that has become a critically endangered species. Some surviving alts have taken to charging for print or online versions of their publications in order to stay afloat. We are doing everything we can to avoid that same fate and believe that information made to serve the public should be free to the public. Which is why we are asking you now to please consider pledging or donating to our cause this season — every little bit helps to keep our platform alive. 

To donate to The Advocate, please visit the support page on our site, or see us at the Give-a-Thon.