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You are invited to join us at Celebrating One Another: A Storytelling Event. Join us to uplift the voices of community storytellers and support The Rapidian.
Your support helps provide resources to community journalists.

Your support helps provide resources to community journalists. /Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard

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Visit this link to purchase tickets to "Celebrating One Another: A Storytelling Event for The Rapidian."

Clockwise from top Nardos Osterhart, Vanessa Jimenez, Ace Marasigan and Brittany Devon will tell stories at our upcoming event.

Clockwise from top Nardos Osterhart, Vanessa Jimenez, Ace Marasigan and Brittany Devon will tell stories at our upcoming event.

In a world where there is less and less mainstream media to cover local news, where can we turn? Information is power. Knowledge is power. It is vital that we know what is happening in our community. We have to have accurate, trustworthy and reliable information about the communities and neighborhoods we call home. This is the only way that we, the residents of our communities can make better informed decisions about issues that impact our families and our lives.

In today’s splintered environment, reliable information is harder to come by than ever before. More importantly, there is a shortage of information about what is happening in our own neighborhoods and communities. The lack of information telling us now what’s happening in our community means people are looking for ways to become engaged with our communities. The Rapidian is a place where readers and community members find coverage that often isn’t available elsewhere.

At The Rapidian, you, the reader will, find information about what’s happening in Grand Rapids and its surrounding towns. Readers will discover stories and opinion pieces written by the people who know the story best – those who are directly impacted by a particular issue. The Rapidian hosts educational workshops designed to provide aspiring community journalists with the tools and training to succeed as they tell their stories. At these sessions, we cover the importance of interviewing a variety of sources, forming questions, researching a topic and how to construct a story. These sessions are designed to help community journalists seek and obtain information about topics that matter to them.

We are also available along the way. If a writer is looking for input on a particular story, we are happy to help.

The Rapidian relies on the support of individual donors to help operate the platform and provide training, educational opportunities and resources to community journalists. Each one of you is invited to our upcoming fundraiser, “Celebrating One Another: A Storytelling Event for The Rapidian.”

The event will be held on Monday, May 7 at Wealthy Theatre. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. During the event, a group of community storytellers will deliver a short story about identity on stage. Each storyteller represents a unique voice in Grand Rapids with an important story to tell. Come support fellow community voices and listen to these stories.

There will be interactive opportunities to tell stories. Our fabulous silent auction will feature prizes from restaurants, coffee shops and local establishments across Grand Rapids.

We are asking each one of you to support the platform that provides access to information and knowledge to help our communities thrive and grow for years to come.

By coming and celebrating with us, you will be helping all the wonderful work we do.

We know what is important in our community. We have the knowledge of how our community works. We at The Rapidian, can help you tell the story of the community that impacts your family and your lives. You plus The Rapidian equals local independent news.

The Rapidian, a program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Community Media Center, relies on the community’s support to help cover the cost of training reporters and publishing content.

We need your help.

If each of our readers and content creators who values this community platform help support its creation and maintenance, The Rapidian can continue to educate and facilitate a conversation around issues for years to come.

Please support The Rapidian and make a contribution today.

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