Call for new Board Members! More info and application link HERE!

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The New York Abortion Access Fund is proud to fund abortions as part of the fight for reproductive justice for New Yorkers and for all–and we want you to join us!  NYAAF is seeking new additions to its all-volunteer Board of Directors.

We are soliciting applications for specific Board roles as well as “at-large” Board Members. No prior board experience is necessary; the main requirements are a commitment to our mission and values, leadership skills or potential, excellent interpersonal skills, and enthusiasm for working as a team. We expect applicants to be able to attend monthly board meetings (virtually or in person), and encourage a commitment of 2+ years of service on the Board.

We seek diversity in identity, perspective, and experience, including diversity in race, ethnicity, age, economic status, educational experience, status as a parent, ability, sexuality, gender identity, national origin, religious perspective, professional and career experience, and in accessing healthcare. We also hope to create leadership opportunities for those who have historically been excluded from the reproductive rights movement, including people of color, trans and gender-nonconforming people, young people (18-25), and those who have experienced difficulty in accessing necessary healthcare.

For more detailed information, please read our Call for Board Members. The Application can be emailed to us along with a resumé or list of relevant experience. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2016. Email us at applications@nyaaf.org with any questions!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 7th Annual Bowl-aThon was a huge success!

WE DID IT! Over the last few months, 310 stupendous bowlers surpassed all our expectations and raised more than $137,000 — which sets a new record for NYAAF and the National Network of Abortion Funds! We’d like to extend our most heartfelt THANKS to all of you who fundraised your hearts out these past weeks and brought all that awesome reproductive justice spirit to the NYAAF Bowl-a-thon on Sunday. We had a great time, and hope you did too!

In particular, we’d like to honor the RU 4-86ing Abortion Restrictions or What? for bringing the most impressive costume flair – what’s not to love about those Ruth Bader Ginsburg likenesses?

We’d also like to congratulate The Pills for being the top fundraising team, having brought in more than $17,000 in donations! Some lovely NYAAF canvas tote bags await them. Finally, we want to extend our warmest thanks to bowler and longtime NYAAF supporter Barbara Kass, who was the top individual fundraiser and who had the most unique donations for the 2016 Bowl-a-thon. We’re thrilled to award Barbara with 4 Super Vouchers to the American Museum of Natural History here in NYC.

We look amazing! Despite lighting challenges!

We look amazing! Despite lighting challenges!

Final Notes for Bowlers: 

  • Don’t forget to thank your donors!  We’d love their support in years to come, so send those thank you notes and emails!
  • The Bowl-a-thon site stays live through the end of April, so follow up with those stragglers who promised donations but didn’t get to it yet!
  • Treat yourself to something amazing for doing such great work for abortion access!
  • PIX! Do you have awesome photos of you and your team? We’d love to see your best Bowl-a-thon pictures — feel free to tag us on Instagram (@nyaafund),Twitter (@NYAAF), or Facebook (New York Abortion Access Fund), and use the hashtags #NYAAFbowl16 and #bowl16.
  • If you won a raffle prize but did not claim it on Sunday, please email nyaafbowlathon@gmail.com so we can get your prize to you!

We can’t thank you enough for being such FIERCE, FUN, and PHENOMENAL advocates for safe abortion access. We’re already looking forward to bowling with you again next year!

SPECIAL THANKS go to the volunteers on our Planning Committee: DoryJessicaJuliaMaureenSoniaNicoleMichelle, and Sara. Your hard work on this event was INDISPENSABLE. Thank you so much. 

Madly-Truly-Deeply Yours,

The NYAAF Board Of Directors

Update on Cyber Attack: We Remain Resilient!

Dear NYAAF Community,

As some of you may be aware, the National Network of Abortion Funds experienced a cyber attack last week. As a result, the Bowl-a-thon website is temporarily down. Additionally, you may have received an email yesterday that appeared to come from the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) that contained anti-choice propaganda. We believe this harassment is part of a targeted effort by anti-choice bullies.

NNAF is working tirelessly to resolve the issue.They’ve let us know that they believe that beyond email addresses, no personal information has been compromised. We will keep you updated as we receive more information.

It is obviously upsetting to be the target of this kind of attack. Yet it is a reminder of why we must work so hard to make sure that abortion care is accessible to everyone. We won’t be stopped by cyber attacks, or by those who seek to restrict abortion access. NYAAF remains resilient. The Bowl-a-thon website is still down, but until it goes back up, you can show your support by donating at the NYAAF website. Will you stand with NYAAF and donate today?

Thank you all for your ongoing support of NYAAF and our work — as bowlers, donors, volunteers, and more. We wouldn’t be able to do this work, and remain strong in the face of challenges like these, without you.

In solidarity,

The NYAAF Board of Directors

OMG, the Bowl-a-Thon is tomorrow! Here are the logistics for BOWLERS:

Hey hey, bowlers!! You might have noticed that we’re just $5,518 shy of our new fundraising goal of $130,000. We are floored at what you and your communities have been able to do to help NYAAF continue to serve those needing abortion services in New York. If each bowler raises just $20 more before tomorrow, we will reach our goal! Let’s do it, and then celebrate BIG on Sunday!

A few details for the event:

 

WHEN AND WHERE TO FIND US. As a reminder, the event is from 11 AM – 1:30 PM this SUNDAY, APRIL 10 at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, at Pier 60/23rd & W.Side Hwy, New York, NY 10011. This PDF map can help orient you to parking/pickup/dropoff areas nearby. The venue opens right at 11 AM, and we’ll be ready to check you in as soon as you arrive!

 

CANCELLATIONS OR NON-BOWLERS ON YOUR TEAM? So we can optimize your team’s lane assignment, please email us *ASAP*at nyaafbowlathon@gmail.com if you know that you or one of your registered teammates will not be attending the bowl-a-thon, or will not actually be bowling.

 

OFFLINE DONATIONS? WE’LL TAKE ’EM! Please bring any cash and checks you’ve received as part of your fundraising and we’ll get them processed — we’ll happily accept credit card donations onsite as well!

 

BRING BOWLING-READY SHOES. Since we are close to hitting capacity at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (way to go!), there’s a chance they may run a little short on bowling shoes. Just in case, we’d love it if you’re able to bring or wear shoes with light-colored rubber soles — especially if you know you’ll be arriving on the later side.

 

PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES!!! We’ve got lots of great raffle prizes waiting for you! You’ll get your raffle tickets when you check in, and you’ll then have until 12:30 PM to put your tickets in for drawing. The winner of each prize will be drawn separately, so you can allocate your tickets however you like for the items you really want. Be sure to check back at the raffle table after 1 PM to find out if you won!

 

NEED SOME MORE PRO-CHOICE SWAG IN YOUR LIFE? We’ll have some snazzy tees and tanks made especially for the 2016 Bowl-a-thon up for sale!

 

HASHTAG LIKE IT’S GOING OUT OF STYLE. Your amazing team names are serious indication that there’s going to be some incredible spirit coming at us on Sunday — we even have prizes for the team with the best costumes. We’ll be posting photos of all your awesome bowling flair, but we’d love to see your great shots, too! Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and feel free to use that #NYAAFbowl16 hashtag liberally.

 

QUESTIONS? As ever, feel free to email us at nyaafbowlathon@gmail.com, and check our Facebook event page for any essential day-of updates. Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

 

Yours,

The NYAAF 2016 Bowl-a-thon Committee

 

Get ready to BOWL!!!

Join us for NYAAF’s 7th Annual Bowl-a-thon!

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
11AM – 1:30 PM
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60)
23rd Street & West Side Highway, NY, NY

It’s time for the New York Abortion Access Fund’s annual Bowl-a-thon! Every April, abortion funds all over the country host bowling extravaganzas to raise money to protect abortion access for all who need it. Can we count on you to put on some bowling shoes and come out for abortion access?

Last year, NYAAF broke the state and national record and raised more than $125,000! That’s right — thanks to the stellar energy and fundraising efforts of our bowlers, and the generous support from donors near and far, we were once again the #1 abortion access Bowl-a-thon in the country!

We need your help to make the 2016 Bowl-a-thon even better!! This year’s Bowl-a-thon is on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60 // 234d Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY). In addition to bowling, there will be a raffle, prizes, food and drinks, and a spirit of collective action as we gather as a community committed to reproductive justice.

Get your friends, families, colleagues, or community groups together, form a team, and register to bowl with us! Got some extra team spirit? Register as a team captain! No team? No problem! Register as an individual and we’ll match you up with other awesome bowlers.

–> REGISTER HERE! <–

We can’t wait to fundraise and bowl with you! Support NYAAF and meet other reproductive rights and bowling enthusiasts as we strike down barriers to abortion access!

Many thanks,
The NYAAF Bowl-a-thon Planning Committee

Get Ready to BOWL!

Join us for NYAAF’s 7th Annual Bowl-a-thon!

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
11AM – 1:30 PM
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60)
23rd Street & West Side Highway, NY, NY

It’s time for the New York Abortion Access Fund’s annual Bowl-a-thon! Every April, abortion funds all over the country host bowling extravaganzas to raise money to protect abortion access for all who need it. Can we count on you to put on some bowling shoes and come out for abortion access?

Last year, NYAAF broke the state and national record and raised more than $125,000! That’s right — thanks to the stellar energy and fundraising efforts of our bowlers, and the generous support from donors near and far, we were once again the #1 abortion access Bowl-a-thon in the country!

We need your help to make the 2016 Bowl-a-thon even better!! This year’s Bowl-a-thon is on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60 // 234d Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY). In addition to bowling, there will be a raffle, prizes, food and drinks, and a spirit of collective action as we gather as a community committed to reproductive justice.

Get your friends, families, colleagues, or community groups together, form a team, and register to bowl with us! Got some extra team spirit? Register as a team captain! No team? No problem! Register as an individual and we’ll match you up with other awesome bowlers.

–> REGISTER HERE! <–

We can’t wait to fundraise and bowl with you! Support NYAAF and meet other reproductive rights and bowling enthusiasts as we strike down barriers to abortion access!

Many thanks,
The NYAAF Bowl-a-thon Planning Committee

URGENT funding needed TODAY for 15 year old patient!

Anna* is a 15-year-old high school student who is passionate about tap dancing and plans to attend college to study fashion. She* recently learned that she is 28 weeks pregnant. Anna is scheduled to have an abortion TODAY (Sunday Feb. 14, 2016), and due to the advanced stage of her pregnancy, it will cost $15,500. Anna and her mother are able to contribute $1500.

We first heard from Anna on Tuesday. Since then, we have been inspired by the collaborative support offered by other regional abortion funds, who have collectively pledged $2,300.

We need your help to raise the remaining $11,200. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION FOR ANNA’S APPOINTMENT TODAY!

While NYAAF does not typically ask our supporters to fund specific clients, we are making an exception in this case for two reasons: First, Anna’s need is URGENT—if she is unable to keep her appointment this Sunday, she will not be permitted to terminate her pregnancy at all under current laws and clinic restrictions. Second, we want to support Anna without compromising our ability to help the hundreds of other clients who will call us this year.

Your pledge of $20, $50, or $100 today will allow Anna to safely end her pregnancy and have the opportunity to fully pursue her dreams. It will also ensure that NYAAF can continue to fund the many other clients who rely on our support.
Thank you for standing with us in protecting access for all who need it. We are so grateful for you! Please consider sharing this message with your friends and family via email or social media.

Warmly,
NYAAF Board of Directors

*Client’s name changed to protect privacy. She/her are the client’s preferred pronouns.

Thank you, Alison! WELCOME, new board members!

Dear NYAAF Supporters and Friends,

After five incredible years of serving on the New York Abortion Access Fund’s Board of Directors, I am stepping down as Co-Chair. We have grown tremendously over the years, serving over 1,655 clients and pledging over $500,000 for abortion services since 2011. That’s all possible because of great supporters like you, and we’re committed to developing new approaches as we continue our mission to ensure abortion access, regardless of circumstance, across New York.

I’m constantly amazed by what our community has achieved together, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of it. Serving as NYAAF‘s Co-Chair has shaped me both personally and professionally, and I’m glad to have made many friends and learned so much on this remarkable journey. I look forward to our paths continuing to cross as we work toward our collective mission of access without obstruction.

NYAAF‘s work in providing funding and encouraging public engagement is poised to grow even stronger. In October of last year, we welcomed a cohort of phenomenal new board members. I can’t WAIT for you to meet them in person, but for now you can e-meet them HERE! It has been an honor and a pleasure to transition them in to NYAAF‘s leadership over these past few months, and I am positive NYAAF will flourish with them at the helm.

Join me in welcoming our new Board Members! CLICK HERE to meet the amazing faces who will be taking the NYAAF reigns.

Thanks and Cheers to the Future,

Alison Turkos

Alison

You Make Our Work Possible!

thankful for you EOY

We hear “thank you” a lot.

We hear “thank you” from people whose abortions we fund, from our collaborators at clinics, from fellow abortion funds, from family, friends, and from our supporters – people like you.

Today, we want to give it back; we want to thank YOU.

With your support, this was a landmark year for us.  We served more people than ever before, pledging more than $130,000 on behalf of 370 clients living in or traveling to New York State, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you for all you have done to support NYAAF.

You make our work possible!

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday!

URGENT Funding Need for NYAAF Client

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Jess McCabe - Caroline

Over the last month, we’ve been working with a client in a difficult situation. And now we need your help.

Caroline* first got in touch with NYAAF back in August after being unemployed for several months. She did her best to come up with money for the procedure, but was forced to keep rescheduling her appointments when she couldn’t raise enough funds. The procedure continued to become more expensive with each passing week.

Caroline eventually found a new job and was relieved to hear that she would finally have access to health insurance. However, no sooner had her insurance kicked in than she discovered that her new coverage only covered abortion care up to 12 weeks.

Caroline is now right at the New York State legal gestational limit, and has an appointment for an abortion today, Wednesday, September 16. The total cost of the procedure is $6,000. Caroline has managed to pull together $120 and is now earning too much in her new job to receive other funding assistance.

Caroline needs $5,680 in order to keep her appointment today. This is fifteen times our average grant amount, and so we are emailing to ask if you can make an urgent contribution so that Caroline can terminate her pregnancy.

than twenty times our average grant amount, we are emailing to ask if you can make an urgent contribution so that Caroline can terminate her pregnancy.

Can we count on you to help our clients today with a donation of $20, $50, or $100?

You can make an immediate contribution towards Caroline’s case when you click here.

Thank you so much for your consideration and continued support of NYAAF.

Best,
Monika Grzeniewski                             Jessica McCabe
NYAAF Board Member                          NYAAF Intake Case Manager

PS: Anything you can give, even $5, will make a huge impact for Caroline. Can’t donate today – no problem help us spread the word. Forward this message to your friends and family. Post your support on Twitter, Facebook, and across your social networks.
*Not the client’s real name. We shared her experience with her permission. We are using “she/her” pronouns at the client’s request.