Posted by Meagan Kate
Nearly 2,000 calls come to The Portland Women's Crisis Line each month, and volunteers are there to offer resources, emergency shelter and comfort; services that women of our state and city desperately need.Ãƒâ€š According to The PWCL, one in ten Oregon women reports being sexually or physically abused by their current or last partner.
For the last seven years, The PWCL has obtainedÃƒâ€š the majority of their yearly donations through a gala and auction. This year's event, titled “Safety in Numbers” will be Friday, August 28th at The Armory.
I spoke with Molly Gray, Co-Chair of PWCL's Board of Directors who said that the goal is to reach $64,000 in donations from the event. However, the most important piece of the event, Gray emphasized, was to ensure people learned about The PWCL and the resources they offer.
“We want to get as many people as possible into a room and for them to leave knowing our phone number,” she said.
With nearly one in seven Oregon eighth graders reporting being forced to engage in sexual activity*, The PWCL is being utilized more often and in need of donations from Portlanders who understand how crucial it is to help survivors of sexual and physical violence get back on their feet.
It is estimated that each phone call to The PWCL costs $7, with tickets to the event costing $40 in advance/$50 at the door. Each ticket helps at least five Portland women in immediate need of assistance. This could be your favorite barista, your co-worker, your neighbor.
With a ticket to the gala comes free food and drinks as well as live and silent auctions with some amazing items (wine baskets abound!) to bid on. All proceeds, of course, will be going to The PWCL. Emcee of the evening will be Kate O'Grady and (N/NE) Representative Chip Shields will be the guest speaker.
The Portland Women's Crisis Line provides more than money; they provide a hand, a shoulder and a voice to those who are unable to speak for themselves. Providing survivors of violence with the chance to empower themselves is absolutely priceless. Help them make it a possibility for hundreds, if not thousands more.
WHAT: Portland Women's Crisis Line Gala
WHEN: Friday, August 28th @ 6pm
HOW MUCH?: $40 advance tickets/$50 at the door
*Statistics provided by The Portland Women's Crisis Line