Coffee for Colleagues September 2021 Update: A Moment of Transition

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 to this change at GoFundMe, the fund’s pilot period expires at the end of this year. The AWE Fund Organizers are actively discussing how best to continue supporting our colleagues through current and future crises. The circumstances that prompted the creation of the AWE Fund are far from resolved, as we all know.

We will be reluctantly ending the Coffee for Colleagues Campaign on September 30th, but we are doing so on a high note. Thanks to both recurring and one-time gifts, we’ve come together as a community to ensure that our funds have stayed ahead of our needs. The AWE Fund has come to the aid of over 180 archival workers, proving that we can be there for one another and see each other through the most difficult of moments, even while highlighting and working to change the ongoing labor issues in our profession.

We want to stay in touch with you about the future of the AWE Fund, and we are offering a few options for doing so:

  • Sign up for our mailing list. We will only use your email to send the occasional message about the next steps for the AWE Fund as we know what they are, including updates on our fundraising platform.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @awefund2020.
  • Join the Organizing Committee and help us shape our path forward.

We also ask that you consider continuing your financial support of the AWE Fund by making either a lump sum or manual recurring gift through the SAA Foundation site.

All money raised through Coffee for Colleagues will remain with the SAA Foundation and be provided to eligible AWE Fund applicants as applications come in.

This is not the end of our work together, and we’re eager to see what comes next.

In solidarity,

The AWE Fund Organizing Committee

A Moment of Transition

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 to this change at GoFundMe, the fund’s pilot period expires at the end of this year. The AWE Fund Organizers are actively discussing how best to continue supporting our colleagues through current and future crises. The circumstances that prompted the creation of the AWE Fund are far from resolved, as we all know.

We will be reluctantly ending the Coffee for Colleagues Campaign on September 30th, but we are doing so on a high note. Thanks to both recurring and one-time gifts, we’ve come together as a community to ensure that our funds have stayed ahead of our needs. The AWE Fund has come to the aid of over 180 archival workers, proving that we can be there for one another and see each other through the most difficult of moments, even while highlighting and working to change the ongoing labor issues in our profession.

We want to stay in touch with you about the future of the AWE Fund, and we are offering a few options for doing so:

  • Click here to sign up for our mailing list. We will only use your email to send the occasional message about the next steps for the AWE Fund as we know what they are, including updates on our fundraising platform.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @awefund2020.
  • Join the Organizing Committee and help us shape our path forward.

We also ask that you consider continuing your financial support of the AWE Fund by making either a lump sum or manual recurring gift through the SAA Foundation site.

All money raised through Coffee for Colleagues will remain with the SAA Foundation and be provided to eligible AWE Fund applicants as applications come in.

This is not the end of our work together, and we’re eager to see what comes next.

In solidarity,

The AWE Fund Organizing Committee

A Belated Thank You for Celebrating the AWE Fund’s Birthday with Us

It’s not always easy to enjoy birthdays in these pandemic times, but this community of archival workers and archives fans came together to make the AWE Fund’s birthday week truly celebratory.

Thank you to the 40+ new individuals who gave through the Coffee for Colleagues GoFundMe. Recurring small gifts through this platform ensure the AWE Fund’s long term sustainability. You have brought us within sight of our goal to have 100 recurring donors giving a total of $1,000 a month.

Thank you to the eight regional organizations who answered our call to spread the word about the birthday party to their members: Archivists of the Houston Area, Chicago Area Archivists, Chicago Area Medical Archivists, the Consortium of Iowa Archivists, Maine Archives and Museums, Society of California Archivists, Society of North Carolina Archivists, and the Three Rivers Archivists. Your efforts helped us amplify our message. An extra thank you to Society of California Archivists for donating $1,200 to the AWE Fund, allowing us to easily surpass our April fundraising goal.

Missed the celebration? It’s never too late for a birthday present. Please consider a small recurring gift through the Coffee for Colleagues campaign. We still need more “caffeinators” to reach our goal of 100 recurring donors and $1,000 a month. Your gift could be the one that puts us over the top.

As we work together to survive the pandemic and work against the labor conditions that create persistent financial precarity for our neighbors and colleagues, the ongoing support of the AWE Fund continues to be a source of hope for survival and change.

#Auction4AWEfund … Take 2!

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Calling all snowbound and stir-crazy archivists and crafters who support archival workers!

As we head into what is projected to be a difficult and hearbreaking season, in the midst of the raging COVID-19 pandemic here in the United States, the AWE Fund Organizing Committee has, once again, teamed up with the crafting collaborative Persistent Stitches to host a reprise #Auction4AWEfund online auction to benefit the Archival Workers Emergency Fund.

Our July 2020 auction raised $2,165.50 for the fund, with 24 crafters donating 62 items to the auction … we’d love to this amazing group of craftivists back for round two, and hope to see new crafters and their work as well! The auction coordinators are accepting submissions to the auction between now and Monday, February 1st at 11:59pm ET (UTC -5). The auction will take place February 5-10, 2021.

Between April 15 – December 15, 2020 the Archival Workers Emergency Fund approved 161 applications for assistance and disbursed $140,875 in cash grants to archival workers across the country who had been plunged into financial distress due to COVID-19. Initially approved by the Society of American Archivists for a pilot period ending on December 31, 2020 the fund has proven viable and clearly met a need in our community. Therefore, the AWE Fund has been approved for an extension until June 30, 2021 … and we want to ensure the fund will continue to be able to meet the needs of all qualifying applicants with cash assistance as swiftly as possible. You can help!

Submit your hand-crafted items to the auction today!

The auction will accept all items made by donors (excluding food or bath/body products for health and safety reasons). Examples of the type of items you might think of crafting:

  • Greeting cards, bookmarks …
  • Knitted scarves, hats, shawls, socks …
  • Crocheted baby blankets, washcloths, pocketbooks …
  • Jewelry
  • Original artwork in any medium
  • Quilted wall hangings, table runners, pot holders …
  • Cloth napkins, pillow cases, aprons, tote bags …
  • Toys
  • Pottery
  • Woodwork
  • Poetry chapbook, graphic novel, short story collection …

You also can check out the items we featured in our first auction for inspiration. Please let your creativity shine! 

Crafters should submit their items using this online form and will receive an email follow-up to confirm their donation details. Items will be posted to the auction site with a minimum bid. We will contact crafters after the auction closes and the donation is verified, so that they may send their item(s) to the donor(s). Crafters will be responsible for shipping within the United States.

Please direct any questions to auction coordinator Anna Clutterbuck-Cook at persistentstitches@gmail.com

Thank you for considering a donation to the auction, and please share the call widely!

Artwork CC-BY-SA 2020 C. DeSimone.

Bye, 2020

As we prepare to bid good riddance to 2020, now is a good time to give to the AWE Fund. If supporting archival workers through this time of crisis is not enough inspiration – which for hundreds of you (over 800!!) it has been – now there is also a tax incentive. To encourage giving in 2020, the IRS is allowing people who don’t usually itemize their taxes to take up to a $300 deduction for donations to qualifying organizations. This includes gifts to the AWE Fund through the SAA Foundation, as long as you make them before December 31, 2020.

Since its inception, the AWE Fund has distributed funds to over 160 archival workers, serving as both a buffer against financial precarity and a statement that our community has each other’s backs. With the extension of the AWE Fund’s pilot period to June 30, 2021, and the continuation of the crisis that makes it necessary, we continue to be grateful for the individuals and organizations that have contributed time, money, and energy to making the fund sustainable.

Are small monthly gifts more your style? Please consider setting up a recurring donation through our Coffee for Colleagues campaign.

You can find useful information about the AWE Fund, including how to apply for funds, at our linktree.

Coffee for Colleagues (Tea on Me)!

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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)!

Make a one-time or recurring monthly donation of $10 today!*

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 September is to reach $1,000 in recurring donations — just 200 cups of coffee or tea! 

One 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)?

Make a one-time or recurring monthly donation of $10 today!*

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.

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*If your budget currently cannot support a $10 donation your dollars still matter to us! We are working with Go Fund Me Charity to lower the minimum donation amount on our campaign page. So hang on to your wallets and watch for a campaign update. Thank you from the campaign team!

#Auction4AWEfund in 3, 2, 1, …

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The Persistent Stitches #Auction4AWEfund begins today, July 1, 2020 at 6pm ET (5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT)! We have a total of 22 crafters participating who have donated over 60 hand-crafted items for the auction block! With a goal of $3,000 we hope you will think ahead to your end-of-year gift giving, any special birthdays or other anniversaries coming up, and bid on an item or two (or more!). 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Archival Workers Emergency Fund, and 100% of the dollars donated to the Fund go directly into the hands of our colleagues in financial crisis. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the many items available!PinkDrops3 - Carli LowePink Drop Earrings by Carli Lowe. These earrings hang off of copper ear wires (can be replaced with silver upon request) with one section of pink and amber beads followed by a larger pink bead with a dark brown edging that mimics the look of a cross-section of log. Top beads are glass and plastic with brass spacers. Larger bead is a plastic piece derived from a vintage necklace. Earrings hang three inches from top of ear wire. Bidding begins at $40.00. IMG_4755 - Becky Briggs BeckerCrochet Llama Amish Puzzle Ball by Becky Briggs BeckerThe Crochet Llama Amish Puzzle Ball, or Amamani Puzzle Ball, is a plush toy llama that measures 12 inches tall from ears to feet and 8 inches wide from front to tail. This customized plush is adapted from a pattern by crochet Amish puzzle ball designer Dedri Uys. Amish or Amamani puzzle balls are made with wedges sewn together into rings, then fitted together to construct the plush. It is made with Red Heart Super Saver Fair Isle Derby yarn, a 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn with white, navy, magenta, spring green, and tan stripes and flecks. Plush contains 3 segments. Plush contains small parts that when broken are not suitable for children under 3 years. Machine washable. Bidding starts at $35.00.IMG_3072 - Diana SandersonHand-Stitched Blank Journal by The Crafty Tiger. This hand-stitched, leather cover black journal has 5 signatures with fountain pen & ink-friendly paper. Each signature is wrapped with colorful, textured cardstock. A decorative beaded accent on the spine and closes with a braided string and button. Bidding starts at $25.00.20190518_073636-e1558184962241Curious Crows Embroidery by Anna Clutterbuck-Cook. Cotton print in green with white vines and black birds embellished with pink embroidery floss down the center. Ready to hang in a 6″ bamboo embroidery hoop, backed with wool felt. Bidding starts at $10.00.F887E4FF-E2FD-4244-B8E0-8AFED790F6BD - Jessica JohnsonNotorious Dissent Cowl by JessicaA cowl reminiscent of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent collar, worked in Ancient Arts Nettle DK “Fog Warning“ (blue) and Manos Del Rio Feliz “Autumn” (multicolor), both wool blends. Pattern is by Carissa Browning. Bidding starts at $30.00. IMG_6269 - Sarah McLuskyAssorted Bookmarks by Sarah McLusky (5 packs available). Set of 6-7 bookmarks made from postcards and decorative greeting cards. Size varies; most are 1″-1.5″ wide and 5.5″-7″ long. All bundles are different but contain bookmarks with a variety of patterns. Bidding starts at $3.00. baby - Michelle SweetserBaby Quilt by Michelle Sweetser. 37″x41″ baby quilt featuring alternating 9-patch and square in a square blocks in magenta, pink, teal, and gray. 100% cotton, made in a smoke-free, pet-free home. Bidding starts at $35.00. 

Visit the auction site to view all available items.
The auction will close at 9pm ET on July 4, 2020.

Be a #Craftivist: Join the #Auction4AWEfund!

Do you make things with your mind, heart, and hands? Do you have a stash of crafting supplies? Whatever your medium, we are calling on you to put your creativity to work on behalf of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund! In less than two months, the AWE Fund has raised nearly $100,000 and disbursed cash grants to over 100 archival workers in crisis due to covid-19. As the end of the fiscal year approaches and many organizations are preparing to implement austerity budgets amidst the pandemic, the AWE Fund Orgaanizing Committee anticipates another wave of need in our community.

The Persistent Stitches #Auction4AWEfund online silent auction will be held July 1-4, 2020 to help us raise the funds to address this need. We are currently recruiting crafters! The deadline to submit items for auction is Monday, June 15th.

Submit your auction items here

We currently have eight crafters with a total of eighteen items ready to list for auction. Our goal is to have no fewer than 30 crafters with a total of at least 50 items on offer, raising no less than $3,000 during the four-day auction. Can you help us? 

  • Create items to donate for auction!
  • Spread the word far and wide through your networks!
  • Save those auction dates and prepare to signal boost our craftivists‘ offerings!

Questions? Reach out to the auction coordinator Anna Clutterbuck-Cook at persistentstitches@gmail.com.

Call for Crafters: Persistent Stitches’ #Auction4AWEfund!

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Calling all crafty archivists and crafters who support archival workers! The crafting collaborative Persistent Stitches and the AWE Fund Organizers have teamed up to host an online silent auction July 1-4, 2020.

As the covid-19 pandemic unfolds across the United States, many cultural heritage institutions and other organizations that employ archival workers have reduced staffing, pay, and hours, throwing many households into financial chaos. Administered through the Society of American Archivists Foundation, the Archival Workers Emergency Fund was created to provide mutual aid grants of up to $1,000 to U.S. archival workers in acute financial crisis. Since it was launched on April 15th, the fund has provided cash assistance to 88 individuals. We anticipate that, as the economic impact of this crisis continues, many more colleagues will be in need of aid. If you are a crafty archivist or a crafter who would like to support archival workers with your creativity and labor, please consider donating your work to our silent auction!

The deadline for submission of items for auction is Monday, June 15th at 11:59pm ET (UTC -5). 

The auction will accept all handcrafted items (excluding food or bath/body products for health and safety reasons). Examples of the type of items you might think of crafting:

  • Greeting cards
  • Knitted scarves, hats, shawls, socks …
  • Crocheted baby blankets, washcloths, pocketbooks …
  • Jewelry
  • Original artwork in any medium
  • Quilted wall hangings, table runners, pot holders …
  • Cloth napkins, pillow cases, aprons, tote bags …
  • Toys
  • Pottery
  • Woodwork
  • Poetry chapbook, graphic novel, short story collection …

… please let your creativity shine! 

We ask that the item(s) be completed at the time of submission to ensure prompt delivery following confirmation of the winning bidder’s donation to the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. 

Crafters should submit their items using this online form and will receive an email follow-up to confirm their donation details. Items will be posted to the auction site with a minimum bid. We will contact crafters after the auction closes and the donation is verified, so that they may send their item(s) to the donor(s).

Please direct questions to auction coordinator Anna Clutterbuck-Cook at persistentstitches@gmail.com

Thank you for considering a donation to the auction,
and please share the call widely!

Artwork CC-BY-SA 2020 C. DeSimone.