WARP Has No Borders: 2019 Giving Tuesday Fundraiser

Giving Tuesday is a global movement initiated in 2012 which encourages collective action to celebrate the generosity of individuals, organizations and communities. Thank you to those who have already donated toward our goal of raising $2,500 for Assistantships! Please help us keep the momentum going by making a donation today!

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WARP’s Assistantships help defray the cost of attending the annual meeting for “simple living” members (the meeting registration fee is waived and room and board covered). In return, recipients provide reliable and invaluable help at the meeting, which making it run smoother thereby benefitting organizers and attendees alike. Assistantships may also be awarded to artisans residing in countries where WARP holds an international meeting in exchange for participation in the program, enriching the experience for attendees. Finally, Assistantships may also involve working on longer term projects for WARP.

There are three ways to donate to WARP’s #GivingTuesday Assistantship fundraiser:

  1. You can donate via our Facebook Fundraiser, now through December 9! If you are a Facebook user, you can access the fundraiser here.
  2. You can make a contribution via Paypal on the donations page of our website. Please specify that you are making a “Giving Tuesday” Donation in your donation comments.
  3. Donate by mailing a check to WARP at 5753 Hwy 85 North #3044, Crestview, FL 32536 (please indicate that your donation is for GivingTuesday).

Lola Faturoti, 2019 Assistantship Recipient: “It was an honor to be one of the recipients of the 2019 Warp assistantship. I had an amazing experience meeting scholars representing different aspects of traditional textiles including weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and knitting. Most have traveled the globe working with traditional textiles artisans—everything I aspire to in my new creative endeavor. What I took with me from the conference, apart from the knowledge of textiles that I acquired and connections made, was a great sense of love and togetherness.”


Kelsey Wiskirchen, 2018 Assistantship Recipient: “The WARP Annual Meeting is always one of the most important weeks of the year for me. The Assistantship I received from WARP allowed me to attend the annual meeting during a year when I otherwise would not have been able to afford the cost. In exchange, I helped manage meeting logistics, and learned much about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into organizing a large-scale program. The Assistantship is a fantastic way to assist members in attending the meeting.”


Sheila Meyer, 2019 Assistantship Recipient: “The conference was a much welcomed opportunity to meet so many others who are on a similar path working with indigenous artisans. It was a venue where we could honestly and openly share our successes and disappointments, our ideas and everyday efforts. For anyone interested in pursuing a commitment to handcrafts, particularly weaving, the conference is the place to be for inspiration and to learn firsthand experiences.”


Nicole Giacomantonio, 2018 Assistantship Recipient: “WARP provided me with numerous opportunities to connect with a community that shares my passion for textiles and who are champions of global textile traditions. I am inspired by the WARP community and am so appreciative of all the organization does for students (like me) who require support to participate. I am very proud to be a member of WARP and look so forward to the next time I am able to reconnect with the WARP community.”


Dakota Mace helped lead a tour of the National Museum of the American Indian at WARP’s 2019 annual meeting in DC. She had this to say about her Assistantship experience: “The Weave a Real Peace conference was an amazing opportunity! As an Assistantship recipient, I was able to meet other amazing individuals. It is great to participate in a program that fosters the growth of young professionals and supports many weaving communities. Overall, I had a great experience!”