Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
We are a registered 501(c)(3) that launched in October of 2009. Toledo Streets was founded as a part of 1Matters.org (a non profit that organizes Tent City and much more). The street paper was established to build a safe community that works to break the cycle of poverty and empower entrepreneurs.
After 5 years as a branch of 1Matters.org, Toledo Streets grew to become it's own organization. We are part of a global street paper movement of over 110 papers in 35 countries, all with the same goal of giving our communities a program to lift individuals out of poverty through work. Our Vendors are self-contracted business owners who set their goals and schedules while adhering to the code of conduct.
Each Vendor starts with 10 free papers, then invest $0.25 per paper after that with a suggested donation of $1. Vendors keep all profits. The paper is our backbone, but we are so much more than a paper. We are a community, a resource, a training center, and a voice for those who don't have one.