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Thursday, January 5, 2012

WRITERS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND

Was I surprised to see that my last entry in these pages was almost two months ago, when I was volunteering for the NYC Marathon! Well, let’s see – soon afterwards there was Thanksgiving, when I volunteered for the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF), a program administered by the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the wonderful organization for nonfiction freelance writers which I have been a member of for almost all my writing life.

This volunteer stint was also fun – since for the first time WEAF held a fund-raiser in the Broadway offices of the ASJA, which meant that all of us who were there on Thanksgiving morning (including grandchildren) had a perfect view of the incredible Macy’s parade. And we knew we were helping a good cause. Tax-deductible contributions to WEAF help established freelance writers who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work, and a writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. To contribute, to request help, and to find more information about the program, go to www.asja.org.

And have a happy new year!

3 comments:

Lisa said...

Great post and good for you for helping support this extremely worthy cause! Readers who would like to donate to the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund, a registered 501c3 charity, can conveniently do so online, either with a one-time tax-deductible gift or by making a monthly pledge of $5 or more, to be billed to their credit card. http://www.asja.org/weaf/donate.php Thanks to you, Sally, and the other volunteers, the Thanksgiving fundraiser was quite successful. Thanks!

Sally Wendkos Olds said...

Lisa, I have to thank you and the other members of the board for having done so much for all the people for whom WEAF has been a lifeline!

Katie Fishman said...

Thanks, Sally, for both your lively blog and your work for WEAF. A great way to spread the word.
Katie Fishman