Our group formed in March 2020 to organize aid for archival workers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Working with the SAA Foundation, we established the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (or AWE Fund, for short), which distributed more than $160,000 to archival workers in need from April 2020 to December 2021. Learn more about our activities through this site.
For more information about the AWE Fund Organizing Committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWE Fund Updates
It’s hard to imagine that the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWE Fund) was established two years ago this month! In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was ripping throughout the world and archival repositories were quickly shuttering. While some workplaces transitioned their employees to work remotely, archival workers on social media were reporting furloughs and layoffs … Continue reading Announcing the Archival Workers’ Collective
The sunsetting of the AWE Fund on December 31, 2021, was a moment of transition. To discuss questions and ideas, we’ll organize an online community forum on January 28, 2022. Do we have the capacity and know-how to carry the AWE Fund forward as a mutual aid organization independent of SAA? Does solely focusing on … Continue reading Future of the AWE FUND Community Forum January 28, 2022
You may have seen the recent message from SAA (Society of American Archivists) announcing the decision to sunset the SAA Foundation’s facilitation of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWE Fund) on December 31, 2021, the end of the current pilot period. Responding to immediate needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the AWE Fund has provided … Continue reading Envisioning the Next Steps
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. You may have seen an email through our “Coffee for Colleagues” GoFundMe informing you that GoFundMe will no longer be able to process recurring donations after September 30, 2021. This change comes at a moment of transition for the AWE Fund. In addition … Continue reading Coffee for Colleagues September 2021 Update: A Moment of Transition
A summary report of the Winter 2020 AWE Fund Organizers Survey on the impact of COVID-19 on archival workers.