Word Up para siempre: #GivingTuesday@Indiegogo

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Two years ago, you helped bring back Word Up Community Bookshop by helping our all-volunteer collective raise over $60,000 to find a permanent space. Six months after exceeding our target, we signed a lease on a new home, renovated the space, moved everything out of storage, and began distributing books and programming events once again. We held our grand reopening at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue on July 26, 2013.

Help us embark on our next phase: to raise $25,000, in order to significantly increase Spanish-language, bilingual, and youth-oriented inventory and programming support. 

With the help of crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, the groundswell around #GivingTuesday, and a special opportunity at GivKwik, we hope to meet our goal. By making these resources more available to our neighbors and for each other, we can best allow for full participation from everyone in our neighborhood, in which a majority of residents are of Latino and/or Hispanic descent, including many who speak and read primarily in Spanish, and where there are more youth under 18 than in any other district in Manhattan.

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TWO WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE!

1. INDIEGOGO—OUR ONLINE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN. Please check out our Indiegogo page for WHY you should contribute now, and all the great perks you’ll get—books, hoodies, prints, T-shirts, tote bags, a cocktail fiesta, original art, the satisfaction of concretely building our infrastructure . . . and many surprise perks throughout the campaign! Many of these perks are by authors, artists, and artisans in our own neighborhood, and by supporting us, you’ll be supporting them. Because we are nonprofit, all Indiegogo contributions will be processed through First Giving, and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

ALSO: If you VOTE for us on GivKwik on #GivingTuesday—December 2—then we’ll have the chance to win a $5,000 grant!

2. CHECK/MONEY ORDER. If you’re too cool for the new school and want to pay with a check or money order, we take those too: payable to Seven Stories Institute and send to Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10032. As we are a program of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Seven Stories Institute, your donation will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at info@wordupbooks.com, or to call us at (347) 688-4456.

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OTHER WAYS TO HELP!

PROMOTE our Indiegogo! Consider posting news about our campaign to your blog or website, posting to Facebook and Twitter, writing about us for your publication, or co-hosting an event.

VOLUNTEER! We are, always have been, 100% volunteer-run. Join us in making Word Up happen. Email volunteer@wordupbooks.com to get involved.

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