Archival Workers Emergency Fund Celebrates First Birthday

18 Mar 2021 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Maine Archives and Museums colleagues are welcome to join the AWE Fund birthday celebration and fundraising campaign. Over the next month or two, AWE Fund is focusing its fundraising efforts on boosting small recurring donations through their Coffee for Colleagues (Tea on Me) GoFundMe. This fundraising campaign allows archival workers to support their colleagues for the price of a seasonal latte or pot of pu’ehr. Each gift helps AWE Fund 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. 

The AWE Fund Organizing Committee has set the goal of reaching $1,000 a month in recurring donations and 100 recurring donors by the end of the AWE Fund’s birthday week, April 8th-15th. Making a single or recurring donation to Coffee for Colleagues (Tea on Me) is easy to do, and the minimum single or recurring amount is $5. Recurring donations can be cancelled at any time, especially given that those who are financially secure today may find themselves in a different situation tomorrow. 

If folks choose not to participate, anyone is welcome to help spread the word about AWE Fund’s one year birthday by following the birthday celebration on Twitter @AWEfund2020. The AWE Fund Organizing Committee also invites self-nominations for its speaker series; more information is here: AWE Fund Speaker Self-Nomination form. Questions or requests for more information may be directed to Alison Clemens (, AWE Fund Organizing Committee member.

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