Since the newspaper’s origination in 1932, The Waynedale News has continually been a proud supporter and a voice in the promotion of the community. In the tradition of its 87-year history, The Waynedale News’ current publisher, Alex Cornwell, also continues the mission of improving the community through the newspaper’s resources.
*Update* As everyone has been impacted by COVID-19 closings, we have been hit especially hard since, as a free newspaper, we were dependent on the now closed businesses to advertise and fund the paper. We are currently hosting a fundraiser in support of our efforts, if you would like to donate, do so here: www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-waynedale-news
“More so than the projects that have been completed and the events that have been organized, I think the momentum of positivity and volunteerism comes from the newfound positive perception of the community. This has lead to a greater ‘need’ by many to get involved in becoming active and bettering the community. Which, in-turn has lead to many projects becoming completed and many more to come.” – Alex Cornwell
We’re more than just a newspaper.
At The Waynedale News, our staff works continuously to create a better quality of life for all residents in the area. We work within the community to not only produce a free, positive, unique and family friendly newspaper that contributes to positive promotion and branding of South/ Southwest Fort Wayne, but we are also founders of community organizations, event managers and project leaders for many initiatives in the area.
As you may have seen or heard about in the local news, most notably and recently, we have been actively involved in the following:
- Trails & Sidewalks on Bluffton Road.
Fundraising; voicing the need; working with the City to accomplish donation of $20,000 to the project.
- Added accessibility to Lwr Huntington Rd. / Tillman Bridge.
Added sidewalks; expanded bridge; connects to neighborhood sidewalks to trails; fundraising; working with city officials.
- Emergency Weather Siren.
Meetings with city, county and emergency officials; community fundraising; city/ county funding; addressing a need to protect residents, where there wasn’t a siren.
- Waynedale Corridor.
In progress; plan adopted by City Council; the plan addresses accessibility, community branding and unification of visual styles, signage, floral/ tree elements, etc.
- Free Community ‘Togetherness’ Events.
Waynedale Picnic; Easter In Waynedale; Christmas In Waynedale; Waynedale Fall Festival; some attracting thousands of guests; free to attend; funded/ sponsored by local businesses;
- Taste of Waynedale Sponsor.
Ticketed event; fundraising; promoting local restaurants and businesses through food samples
- Elmhurst Tour and Meet & Greet Organizers.
Last opportunity for pubic to tour school; fundraiser; guided tours; gathering space; food;
- Founding of the ‘Waynedale Business Chamber’.
Now 6 years old; a collective of 100+ business/ commercial property owners in the area; different than other chambers, as it acts as a service group with projects and initiatives. Through its meetings and projects, business owners network.
- Founding of ‘Waynedale Community Improvement Team’.
An organization which fundraises and holds events for various community initiatives; now about 8 years old; for residents to become involved in volunteering / service projects
- Positive Community Branding Via The Newspaper.
Featuring only positive, family friendly, local news; contributes to positive branding and idealization of the community; an outlet to promote community events, projects, initiatives.
- In-Kind Donations To Various Events, Initiatives & Projects.
Offering free adverting space in the newspaper to benefit the community. In addition to event, initiative and project advertising, we offer free space in the form of local community calendar events and local obituaries in an initiative to keep the community informed.
We would like to invite your organization to become involved in supporting the community as well!
We currently have three Community Sponsorship levels available, which have been designed to suit any level of involvement your business feels comfortable with. In thanks for your support, each Community Sponsorship level gives your business recognition and exposure to our 35,000+ readers, in the printed Waynedale Newspaper.
>> Download Community Sponsorship Info (.pdf) Please give us a call at (260) 747-5529 to find out more about how you or your business can get involved.
Or as an individual, you can donate to our efforts here: www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-waynedale-news