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The Denver Voice

The Denver Voice is a very well designed, community-committed, street newspaper based out of Denver, Colorado. It originated as a grassroots paper for the homeless – by the homeless. After undergoing numerous transformations publishing was temporarily ceased in 2006. But, in 2007, Rick Barnes, a Denver businessman and philanthropist breathed new life in to the Voice.

Today, the Denver Voice is designed to be of interest to anyone and everyone who lives and works in Denver. The paper is not particularly political nor is it used to further particular positions on specific issues or policies. The paper is a true journalistic effort that presents well-researched coverage on issues related to homelessness and poverty. Additionally, the VOICE publishes editorials, personal essays, poetry and original art by people who have lived or currently are living on the streets.

Through the paper’s vendor program they offer employment to the homeless. Papers are sold to the homeless for $0.25 and then they are sold by the homeless for a $1.00 donation to the public. 2010 numbers have not yet been released, but in 2009 the number of vendors selling the Denver Voice nearly doubled. As did paper sales. In 2009 the Denver Voice created employment opportunities for more than 15% of Denver’s homeless population. 989 people worked for the Voice distributing over 177, 564 papers, totaling $355,128 raised from within the community. This money did not come back to the Voice but, rather went into the hands of those who need it most.

Check out the 2009 Annual Report. It’s nice to look at that and is home to some very impressive data.

The Denver Voice is committed to be an agent of social change by empowering homeless, impoverished and transient individuals through our Vendor Program.

The paper’s mission is to facilitate a dialogue addressing the roots of homelessness by telling stories of people whose lives are impacted by poverty and homelessness and to offer economic, educational and empowerment opportunities for the impoverished community.

It’s hard to argue with that. If you live in Denver or Boulder, and can afford to make the minimum $1.00 donation – pick up a copy of the Voice the next time you have a chance.