Coffee for Colleagues (Tea on Me): October 2020 Campaign Update

Cross-posted from our GoFundMe page.

The Coffee for Colleagues (Tea on Me) campaign is one month old today and we wanted to share some updates and a couple of reminders.

First, the important news:

Coffee for Colleagues (Tea on Me) raised $1,095 in our first month!

This surpassed our goal of $1,000 and as of this morning we are nearly 20% of the way toward our second $1,000 raised for October. Thank you all! The median donation amount given in September was $15 … the price of just three lattes! We truly mean it when we say every $5 donation matters and one by one will add up to ensuring our collective ability to meet our colleagues in financial crisis with funding to help them stay fed, remain in their homes, or access the healthcare they need to survive.

$132,550 and Counting!

As of September 15, 2020 the Archival Workers Emergency Fund has disbursed $132,550 in cash grants to 153 applicants. We continue to review applications and disburse funds to qualifying applicants on a weekly basis. These grants were made possible through donations from more than 750 individuals and organizations — including each and every one you!

Become a Monthly “Caffeinator”!

We all know caffeine is a powerful (often necessary!) fuel for social justice organizing. If you have a stable income right now and can afford to set up a recurring donation through the Coffee for Colleagues (Tea on Me) campaign, we would welcome a monthly donation at $5 or more. This steady income from our dedicated Caffeinators will help us act out of abundance when distributing funds to our colleagues in need.

How to Change or Cancel Recurring Donations

If you elected to set up a recurring donation when you made your pledge in September, your next donation will be automatically debited on the date you made the first donation (example: if you donated on 9/15 your next charge will be on 10/15).

We understand that peoples’ financial circumstances change. If you need to adjust or cancel your recurring donation, login to your Charity GoFundMe profile and go to Account Settings > Recurring Gift Plans to make any necessary changes. Here is the FAQ for donor if you need more information. 

Need (or Know Someone Who Needs?) the AWE Fund?

Remember that the Archival Workers Emergency Fund is open to all U.S.-based archival workers. As long as you have not already received funding through the AWE Fund since it launched in April 2020 you are eligible to apply. Information on how to apply and the online application form may be found on the SAA Foundation website.

And Finally … Check Out Our Online Programs!

Did you know that the AWE Fund Organizing Committee has partnered with other library, Archives, and museum folks to host  conversations about work in the cultural heritage field? Our July panel, Community at Work: LAM Mutual Aid and Solidarity, and our September panel, Making and Talking Money: LAM Salary Transparency are both available for watching/listening at our YouTube channel. 

In gratitude and solidarity,

Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook
On behalf of the AWE Fund Organizing Committee
Web: | Twitter: @awefund2020

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Anna Clutterbuck-Cook

Queer feminist, #fanfic author, historian, ref. librarian, reader of #romance, founder of #PersistentStitches. Possessed of 1 wife, 2 cats. She/her, white, cis.