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Monday: 10 am – 2 pm
CLOSED TUESDAY
Wednesday: 10 am – 2 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm
Friday: 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday: 1 pm – 2 pm (newspaper sales only)

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Mission Statement

Groundcover News exists to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty.

Groundcover News Service Model

Groundcover News, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in April, 2010 as a means to empower low-income persons to make the transitions from homeless to housed, and from jobless to employed. Street newspapers like Groundcover News exist in cities all over the United States, as well as in more than 40 other countries,  in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of homeless and combat the increase in poverty. For more information, visit https://insp.ngo/

Groundcover News approaches all of our activities with the following principles. We believe:

  • All people have the right to dignity.
  • Diversity has intrinsic value.
  • Poverty is political—systemic change is necessary.
  • Building community is essential to social change.
  • Political effectiveness requires staying power.
  • Solutions to poverty must involve people who are directly affected.
  • Risks are necessary to create positive change.
  • Meeting people where they are honors their skills and potential.
  • We are committed to quality, professionalism, and accountability in everything we do.

For even more information, listen to publisher Susan Beckett’s radio interview with Body Mind Spirit Radio.

  • Job Responsibilities
    • Oversee and manage the Groundcover Office and auxiliary paper distribution locations, including volunteer coordination and scheduling, database management, and verification of accurate financial transactions and budgetary operations.
    • Conduct ongoing monitoring of vendor activities and sales practices to ensure that the vendor code of conduct is upheld, and that office policies and procedures are reflective of these values.
    • Oversee the execution of bi-weekly Thursday night vendor social hours, which includes meal coordination or preparation, and design or coordinate monthly educational workshops that are applicable to the needs of Groundcover News vendors.
    • Monitor sales to ensure consistent frequency and implement goals and strategies aimed at increasing newspaper sales and expanding vendor recruitment.
    • Maintain regular contact with advertising partners to ensure that financial transactions are completed within their contract time frame and strategize to continually recruit new advertising partners.
  • Qualifications
    • MSW/BSW or 2+ years of relevant experience in a related field preferred.
  • Preferred Skills
    • A history of management or supervisory experience.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite and Microsoft Access experience.
    • Ability to remain task-oriented and self-motivated in a fast-paced environment.
    • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Compensation: $15-$20/hr depending on experience
    • This is an independent contractor position.
    • Excellent opportunity for advancement in near future.

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Questions, comments, interested in advertising or sponsoring the paper or volunteering, email us at contact@groundcovernews.com.

Interested in submitting a piece to the paper? Email submissions@groundcovernews.com.

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