Greetings from The Light!

Our first birthday is coming up in early June, and so is the deadline for meeting a $100,000 challenge grant from our generous anonymous donor. Give now and you can double, triple, even quadruple your donation. Please help us unlock the match!


Your contribution is appreciated.

Every dollar you donate goes directly to supporting our newsroom and the community we serve. In just the last several months, we have launched a series of community features that reflect the rich diversity of our city — from “Street Style,” a local fashion-as-it-happens photo column, to InPerson, a series of podcast interviews with interesting local folks.

And this week, we debuted NoticiasNB, a weekly news update for Spanish-speakers. In late April, we’ll hold the first meeting of The New Bedford Light Fine Arts Club, a monthly gathering where local artists will show and sell their work.

All this complements our fundamental mission: in-depth, high-quality journalism that digs into complex issues like fishing industry regulations, wind industry job creation, immigration laws and shifting trends in enrollment and curricula at the region’s colleges and universities.

We’ll soon be adding two new reporters to our staff as we expand our coverage of housing, schools, environment, health, city government and more. That wouldn’t be happening without your generosity, and your commitment to journalism that makes a real difference in our city and beyond.

Please continue to support our growing newsroom. And help keep our community coverage FREE to all!

Remember that our anonymous donor is offering to match gifts up to $100 by three-to-one; gifts up to $1,000 by two-to-one; and gifts over $1,000 by one-to-one. The deadline is June 7. We appreciate the donations we’ve received so far. But we have a long way to go to hit the $100,000 match. We need your support today!

With deep appreciation,

The New Bedford Light

Thank you to our sponsors

Founding benefactors: Joan and Irwin Jacobs fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Mary and Jim Ottaway