Sometimes the principle of getting paid for your work matters more than the sum of the money at stake. Call For Action volunteers with our Phoenix affiliate at the Arizona Republic newspaper helped secure fair payment to a local woman who contributed a story to a magazine, only to be denied the payment she’d been promised after it was published. After one of her favorite magazines advertised an offer to pay $100 to any reader who contributed a story they ended up publishing, she decided to send in a contribution. More than a year later, she got a response, asking her to provide some proof that her story was true and that it would likely be published in a winter issue. The story ran, but the payment never came. She was denied repeatedly, always getting a different excuse, and even being sent gifts like cookbooks and a hat, but no check. Finally, after discussing her case with Call For Action volunteers with the Arizona Republic, her check arrived in the mail for $100. The woman said it wasn’t even the small amount of money that mattered to her. She just refused to be taken advantage of.

Magazine promised $100 for published work, but they sent cookbooks and a cap instead. Call for Action stepped in to help

Gloria Arroyo started reading Reader’s Digest after she graduated from high school in 1948. She would read the magazine on her morning subway ride to her first job with a pharmaceutical sales company in New York City. About 70 years later, 89-year-old Arroyo was published in the magazine.

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