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AALA Samaritan Outreach Pledge

Friends, we are experiencing unprecedented times amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many of our members have experienced a complete upheaval in our work and home lives.  As always, AALA is concerned about its members and recently received an excellent suggestion that we are going to implement through Community Engagement:  Samaritan Outreach.  The purpose of Samaritan Outreach is to assist AALA members who are experiencing acute financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.  Financial gifts toward this initiative will be made directly by members.  The AALA Samaritan Outreach program will follow these guidelines:

  • This program will be confidential but for the necessary involvement of the team administering it.Those requesting help or making pledges will be contacted in person by Jennifer Cochran, AALA Board member, or Jose Romera, Committee member.
  • The initial time frame to request assistance will be through June 30th.  At that point, pledges and requests for help will be evaluated to see if there is an ongoing need as well as funding to support the requests.
  • As this is strictly peer to peer giving, financial gifts are not considered tax-deductible.
  • As needed, pledges will be converted to financial gifts by making a payment to a specified AALA account.  The funds will be used to purchase Walmart e-gift cards to be delivered via e-mail.
  • Though this process will be confidential, we will report to the Board and AALA community regarding the number of individuals helped through this initiative so you can see your efforts at work!

Thank you in advance for your support of this initiative and your fellow AALA members. To make a Samaritan Outreach PLEDGE to help a fellow AALA member, please complete the form below. At this stage we are asking for pledges only from our members.  We do not know what needs will surface, but we hope to have a network of potential gift-giving in place when the first request for help arrives. 


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