Charles and Sally

Charles and Sally
en route to Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc New York

Le Diner en Blanc New York
Lincoln Center 2012

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