Remember when you used to spend your hard earned cash at your local café? Maybe those unspent dollars are starting to add up.
If so, we invite you to pitch in and help make the Archival Workers Emergency Fund more awesome and sustainable for the years ahead by treating a colleague to a virtual cup of coffee (or tea)!
The sobering reality is that COVID-19, and the economic consequences of this pandemic, will be with us for months -- likely years -- to come. Regular, monthly donations will make it possible for the AWE Fund to be a reliable source of assistance for our colleagues in crisis for as long as it is needed. For the price of a steaming-hot seasonal latte or a pot of pu’erh you can help us ensure that our colleagues on furlough can afford groceries, our colleagues between jobs make rent, and our colleagues whose hours and benefits were cut can stay on their health insurance plans.
Our goal for October is to reach $2,000 total and 100+ individual donors.
Each thousand dollars represents one additional fully-funded grant the AWE Fund can distribute each month to a colleague in crisis.
Can you help us reach our goal by donating a cup or two (or more)?
SHARE A SELFIE AT #COFFEE4COLLEAGUES!
After you donate, consider taking a selfie with a hot or iced beverage of your choice (self optional) and posting it to social media with the hashtag #Coffee4Colleagues and a link to this campaign! We are on Twitter (@awefund2020) but welcome the signal boost on Instagram and Facebook (and wherever else your archives and archives-supporting friends gather) too! Sharing with your networks really does help spread the word.
ABOUT THE ARCHIVAL WORKERS EMERGENCY FUND (AWE FUND)
Created in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWE Fund) was established to provide financial assistance for archival workers experiencing acute, unanticipated financial hardship due to the crisis.
All U.S.-based archival workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply to the fund. Recipients receive grants of up to $1,000 as well as a complimentary year-long membership in SAA. In the first four months of its existence the AWE Fund has disbursed $123,050 from over 750 donors to 143 archival workers in need of mutual aid.
ABOUT THE AWE FUND ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
The AWE Fund Organizing Committee formed in March 2020 to organize aid for archival workers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Since then, we have worked with the SAA Foundation to administer and fundraise for the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. You can find us on Twitter at @awefund2020.