COVID-19 is hitting our hourly workers, instructors, staff and cleaning crew

About the Project

As we all are, The Writer's Center is acutely aware of the emotional and financial suffering blanketing the planet.  Staff have been working hard to keep serving you, our literary community. We've moved our workshops online, and we're creating new pop-up classes and streaming live literary events. When the dust settles, we will pick up where we left off. 

But shuttering our building is hitting our hourly staff, our instructors, salaried staff and our cleaning crew, hard. Our facilities rentals, although low-cost, are an important part of our earned income. Because our theater troupes can't rehearse or perform, we've lost thousands of dollars of monthly rental income from that space. Because literary events are cancelled, we're losing hundreds of dollars each week. And our hardware and software expenses, ensuring staff can work remotely, have risen.

We write today to ask--if you're in a position to do so--that you donate through the link below to help us support our team. The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County will match your gift, dollar for dollar, up to our $10,000 goal! Your gift will let us keep our community moving forward, by helping us make payroll, keep offering classes that provide income to our 170 instructors, and to avoid laying off our beloved hourly staff. 

We cannot thank you enough for your generosity. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Writer's Center in person. In the meantime, we'll see you online.


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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$10,109.40 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 56 days ago
  • Donate $15 or more

    Our part-time staff are essential and beloved parts of the TWC family. Even working remotely, we count on them to help us keep TWC moving forward; please help us continue to support them!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    We know that not everyone can afford extra expenses due to life changes caused by the pandemic. Yet especially with so many of us home, creative outlets are more important than ever. Help us provide scholarships for writers to take our workshops!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    TWC is home to an active theater community, with a half-dozen troupes offering low-cost, high-level performances to the public. Help us keep the theater ready and waiting for Maryland and DC area productions!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    We've moved our workshops and events online! That has meant new software and hardware to keep us all connected. Help us defray the costs of the tech we need to keep our services coming!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$109.40 to go. Every dollar helps.
$10,109.40 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 56 days ago

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