WGA West Doubles Interest-Free Loans Available to Members in Need – Deadline

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The WGA West doubled the amount of interest-free loans available to members in need through its Emergency Welfare and Welfare Fund from $ 3,500 to $ 7,000. Members in good standing can now apply for and receive up to two of these loans for a total lifetime amount of $ 14,000. The increase was unanimously approved by the Guild Board of Directors.

“This increase will hopefully create a meaningful financial safety net for more of our members,” the guild said in a message to its members on Wednesday. “The past year has been particularly difficult and the challenges we face are not over. The effects of Covid-19 on our lives and our industry, the ongoing social and political upheavals and growing threats from climate change have placed considerable stress on our members. More than ever, we must rely on the greatest resource our Guild can provide: our sense of community.

Established in 1992, the Good and Welfare Fund, which the guild administers in partnership with the Motion Picture & Television Fund, helps members of WGA West who experience severe financial hardship in emergency situations.

In its post, the guild also encouraged members unable to afford basic living expenses to contact The Actors Fund, which offers a wide range of social, financial and educational services to workers in the industry. Guidance and counseling services from the Actors Fund are free and confidential, and special initiatives are offered to women, people with HIV / AIDS, people with mental health issues, people with short- and long-term disabilities. term and those recovering from drug addiction.

“Financial distress rarely exists in a vacuum,” the guild said. “Health issues, personal and emotional issues, legal issues and housing, disability and addiction issues are common and are expected to increase. None of us are immune to the challenges of today’s world. But as isolated as many of us have felt over the past year, it’s important to remember that we are not alone. If you, or someone you know, is struggling or in crisis, don’t wait to reach out.

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