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On Saturday, July 31, I am doing a Blogathon to raise money for BARCC!

This will be my eighth Blogathon, and the fourth year I’d raising money for BARCC. Blogathon is completely exhausting, yet totally worth it, as you’ll see below. Yes, I’m taking the lazy way out and just reposting the announcement from my personal blog; I’m saving my writerly energy for Saturday!

I’ll be posting short fiction and poetry, composed spontaneously, every half hour for 24 hours. That’s 49 pieces of story, automatic for the people. I’m also running an auction of wonderful stuff donated by wonderful people; each post will have a link to an auction item, and the story therein will be inspired by said auction item. (Auction will run July 26-August 2.) Yeah. Other people just post “I am so tired” for hours. I do Blogathon backwards and in heels. Because it wasn’t hard enough?

Once again, my chosen charity is BARCC. BARCC is the second oldest rape crisis center in the country, and one of the biggest, with a staff of 20 and a volunteer corps of 120+ who put in hours equivalent to 19 additional staff members. We have a 24-hour hotline and medical advocacy program (medical advocates go to the hospital with survivors for evidence collection), a community awareness/public education/outreach program (which is really unique and ever-expanding), legal advocacy, legislative advocacy (we helped change the law on restraining orders recently so you can get one if you’re not in an intimate relationship with your stalker, go us!), case management, and counseling (up to twelve sessions).

BARCC provides all of this and more completely free of charge.

And we are able to do so partly because of you.

This will be my fourth year doing Blogathon for BARCC. Over the past three Blogathons, we raised over $11,000 for BARCC.

You have paid for 880 hotline calls, or 147 emergency room accompaniments, or 165 counseling sessions, or the complete training of 11 volunteers.

You did that.

Let’s do it again.

My goal this year is $5,000. That’s 400 hotline calls, 67 ER accompaniments, 75 counseling sessions. That’s hundreds of people you can help.

Click here to sponsor me; e-mail me your receipt so I can keep a running total. Go bid on nifty stuff. And spread the word.

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Posted by Shira

Shira formerly served as a volunteer with BARCC's Survivor Speakers Bureau and Prevention Services. She also formerly worked as BARCC's volunteer and program assistant. Shira also writes science fiction and fantasy short stories and poetry, and much of her outreach was done within the community of science-fiction fandom and the closely-allied local polyamory community.

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