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#GivingTuesday: Donating to Words After War


Today is #GivingTuesday. Originally organized by the 92nd Street Y in New York City in the spirit of tikkun olam (repairing the world), #GivingTuesday has since grown into a national campaign that celebrates and encourages charitable giving to support the work of nonprofit organizations.

Words After War relies on the generous donations of our supporters in order for us to continue to provide the highest quality of literary programming for which we are now known. Many people have recognized the great work we’re doing, and some of these folks have even donated to our organization. For that we are incredibly appreciative, but we’ll be honest: we need more.

In a time of necessary transparency in the nonprofit sector, we make you this promise: your hard earned dollars will always go directly to funding our literary programming. Your donations will help us to provide competitive compensation to our writing instructors. Your donations provide us with the ability to market and organize our successful reading series “Danger Close.” Finally, your donations will help us to design a studio retreat in Maine, launching in the summer of 2014.

Over the weekend I found myself taken by the story of President Obama visiting an independent bookstore in Washington DC and buying a few bags of books. After the White House released the list, I scanned it for the books I had already read. I saw a couple I love and a few I have yet to read. But then I came across a single title, All That Is, and immediately I felt a particular kinship with our President.

But this has less to do with the President and more to do with the power of the written word. Truthfully, I have always been reassured to discover that someone else loves a book just as much as I do. I got that feeling recently when I found out a former manager had read and loved The Art of Fielding. Often, I get a similar feeling whenever I am in a bookstore and I notice a stranger leafing through a copy of Housekeeping, or I see someone loitering in the aisle with Stoner, or even waiting on line with a copy of Go Down, Moses.

These brief literary connections are all evidence to my belief that I’ll never be totally alone as long as I continue to read. Words After War was formed out of a desire to build a community of these individuals. But we cannot do this alone. We need your help to continue our mission of bridging the military-civilian divide through high-quality literary programming. We do this for both the veterans and the civilians. We’re building a community of readers and writers who are working tirelessly to make sure we all feel less alone.

Help fund our mission and donate HERE.

Thank you.