Help Nicole Cover Emergency Expenses

Hello everyone!

It’s been an absolutely exhausting trial of a year-plus for everyone I know. My households shared a bubble for 14 months of lockdown, which we are cautiously emerging from one step at a time. Everyone I know is facing some kind of personal trial or other, myself absolutely included.

I want to ask your help with one of them, today, please – if you can’t contribute directly, at least share the link along:

My friend Nicole and I, along with others in Treebridge coven, helped a mutual friend out of an abusive situation. It was handled on very short notice. I handled much of the logistical wrangling, while Nicole dove directly into the fray, hopping on a plane to collect our friend and drive her and her two cats across several states to live in the safer place we found for her.

Nicole floated the cost of that sudden, expensive move. We’d originally planned to do some crowdfunding to help our friend, but things changed and we had to move our timetable up abruptly.

Now Nicole is facing potential financial crises of their own, because of those expenses they so generously floated! It’s time for us as a community to step back up to share that burden around – what is carried by many burdens few!

If you have even a few dollars you can pass Nicole’s way, we’d be very grateful. We’d rather see dozens of people contribute a few dollars each than have any one person expect to carry the whole expense. If you can’t, we entirely understand, but please do pass the link along to others who maybe can. We’re a big community, and we can and do take care of each other when the need arises!

Thank you, all!


About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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4 Responses to Help Nicole Cover Emergency Expenses

  1. Reblogged this on Travelling a path between Church and Circle and commented:
    While I haven’t been writing posts here for far too long, for many reasons (most of which are actually bad excuses), I have been keeping up with my WordPress Reader. Hence this reblog and the one previously.

    When Freyja came abruptly into my life I relied heavily on Ember, both on her blog posts and on the lovely replies to the flailing emails I sent. And I’ve utilised her blog many times since then as a source of inspiration and guidance. For that alone I’d help boost this signal, but it’s not the main reason – not by a long shot.

    This is very much a personal thing for me, even though I don’t know the unnamed friend, or Nicole, and I’m only acquainted with Ember through blogging and emails. It’s not the people – it’s the situation. I was in an abusive relationship for a year and a half, and while I was lucky that it never got this bad, it has left me with a lot of issues and unhealthy coping mechanisms. It’s why I’ve donated to Ember’s appeal for help, and why I donate monthly to Refuge, a UK charity that helps women and children escape abusive relationships of all kinds. It’s a ‘there but for the grace of God go I’ situation twice over for me – what with the abusive relationship in my mid-twenties, and my father being an alcoholic until I started high school when he went into rehab. Because if Dad had been a violent drunk as opposed to an uncoordinated, incoherent, melancholy one…

    So yes, this appeal hit home. And while it is a request for funds to repay money already spent, had circumsatnces not been rushed this would have been to raise money to help someone escape an incredibly abusive situation, which is what I still see it as.

    Here’s the direct link to the GoFundMe page:
    And as Ember said, if you can spare even a couple of dollars (or equivalent local currency) that would be awesome, if you can’t but can signal-boost that would also be awesome, and if you can do both that would be awesome too. Awesomeness all round!

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  2. Reblogged this on Blind Robert Brown and commented:
    I’m reblogging this post so I can share the link in the hopes that more people can see this and help out! I wish I could donate a bit myself, but right now I am unable to. Either way, I’m boosting the signal for sure!

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    • EmberVoices says:

      I totally understand. It’s been a really hard year on a lot of people, and that’s not even accounting for how hard things may already have been going in!

      Even just boosting the signal IS super helpful right now, because I don’t have the spoons to do a huge amount of promotion for this myself right now! ❤



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