Taking It To The Streets

Toledo Local Features  |  05/01/2013 9:00 am

There’s something different about the newspaper vendors of Toledo Streets. If you take the time to read the paper, and actually talk to the person selling you your copy, you’ll start to understand that what you’re reading has a purpose?as does the person selling it.

Toledo Streets is our local, independently run street paper, and it’s part of a global network of similar publications, consisting of about 120 street papers world-wide. Its content is focused primarily on the issues of homelessness and poverty.

As for the vendors, many of them are currently un-housed or have previously been without a home. Selling each paper for $1, the vendor makes a 75% profit or more, depending on additional donations.  Today, Toledo Streets has 12 active vendors.

Amanda Moore is the managing editor of Toledo Streets, and assists Ken Leslie at 1Matters (Toledo Streets' parent nonprofit) with admin support?at least until May 25th. In addition to editing the paper, Amanda is responsible for the marketing and communications efforts on behalf of the paper. She’ll be leaving Toledo at the end of the month as she gets settled into married life.

“For me, it’s the vendors that made this job so rewarding,” Amanda said. “I’ve developed a relationship with many of our vendors, becoming their friend, helping them feel empowered, and watching them take control of their situations. It’s the greatest feeling to see them reaching their goals.”

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 2nd is the first time Toledo Streets will host its own fundraiser. Press On: A Party To Benefit Toledo Streets is set to run from 6-10 p.m. at Mansion View Inn, 2035 Collingwood Avenue. Tickets to the fundraiser are $25 a piece, and can be purchased online or at the door. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Guests can enjoy live music by Candice Coleman and Mic Fisher, and the work of several local artists including Dani Herrera and Gathered Art Gallery & Studios artists will be on display. Zero In Photography has donated portraits of Toledo Streets vendors.

“With the warmer weather here, it’s the perfect time to jumpstart awareness, introduce people to the new 1Matters/Toledo Streets team, and kickoff a new sales season.”

For more information, please visit www.toledostreets.org.

Editor’s Note: Though Amanda Moore will be leaving Toledo in the next few weeks, her work at Toledo Streets will live on. Amanda would like to extend a big “Thank you” to Toledo for being a great city to live, work and play.