The Good and The Bad
On the bright side, we are fortunate enough that so far (knock on wood and every other ritual we can come up with) no one from the ASEPCC team has tested positive for COVID-19. YAY!! Other great news:
-Aropedeevils Corner has set up a code for you members to get a great discount on all of their candles, rope, sex toys and edible goodies (not the thc kind sorry).
-One of our volunteers has provided over 300 masks to the public, some at no cost, some for a small donation made to our centre. She is also making headbands with buttons for the ear elastic.
-Many of our supports moved online, and our volunteer team did an upstanding job providing these supports quickly.
The bad news is that we are fucked, not in that sexy, mindblowing, adventure sort of way, but in the OMG WE ARE BROKE sort of way. I am sure that does not come as a suprise to most of you.
Due to COVID19 we are still closed, and looking at what our future options may hold. At this time we have had to continue paying our utillities, insurances, equipment lease, internet and web costs. Which for one month was not a HUGE deal. But it has been a hell of a lot longer, with no fundraising income to help keep our centre viable.
As you may know, the volunteer run adult events are our largest fundraiser-and often we still are short in making the bills every month. With the closures, this has been a hard hit for an already financially stressed organization. This week we suffered another blow, as the provincial grants were abruptly closed, shutting the door on yet another potential financial boost.
Our landlord has been working with us (so far), but it has gotten to the point where without a significant (to us) amount of funding, we are going to have to close our doors for the foreseable future. Bluntly put, we need money, or we are done with operating a physical space.
Current Income and Expenses:
Aside from the lease, our monthly expenses are $1264/month.
For April and May that works out to $2528
Our income in the last three months is $35/month in re-occuring donations, $300 in memberships all together, $285 in donations (via MASKS), $100 in donations via paypal, $125 in donations via Aropedeevils Corner, $500 donation from a family member of the volunteers.
That works out to $1380
We are at -$1148 and counting. JUST FOR maintaining the empty space and web stuff. This is utilities, insurance, printer lease, web fees, subsriptions, the phone, internet etc.
On top of this, with Alberta making the motion to ‘re-open’ our landlord will be expecting the lease to also be paid. (roughly three grand/month) Yet, even with the reopening, we are not going to see the revenues we need to cover these costs. We will have to (rightfully so) follow the health canada and alberta health reccomendations, keeping events contact free with strict restrictions on attendee numbers and hygeine policies. Experts note this could be the situation for months.
If we cannot find folks willing to sponsor/pledge funds to bridge the gap, we are going to have to vacate the property. Unless we find a sponsor or grant to cover a full time, or a couple part time positions, we won’t be able to maintain the programming in the same manner we had before. The loss of grants combined with the loss of fundraising income has been a huge blow.
What we need from you:
Money, of course. Or help us find money. Make masks and sell them by donation to ASPECC. Anything reallly. Want to buy vagina paintings? Hit us up.
We also WANT YOUR FEEDBACK. We have two surveys:
1. Community Weigh in on ASPECC services and Covid
2. Pledge and Fundraising Survey
Please do check these out, and if you want more information, have leads etc, hit me up. Admin@aspecc.ca