In western Pennsylvania a creative idea generated $900 in one night to fuel rescue. They called it ‘Paint n’ Sip’. Earlier this month 48 people painted and sipped wine and other beverages as they learned about The Exodus Road. We asked Kathy, the volunteer who coordinated the evening, to share.
Tell us about this fun event, Kathy:
Last night was a fabulous evening! 48 people attended, all smiling faces claiming they had a great time. Many, many asked for more info on The Exodus Road. Lots of work from a lot of people. Tons of fun!
Why do you feel so strongly about anti-trafficking efforts?
Sometimes your eyes see a photograph or hear a story and your heart is moved to temporary action or funding. Then there are the issues that follow your heart and mind and take root in your life. I found myself researching the realities of human trafficking internationally, within the USA, and locally. The statistics are overwhelming. Women, children, young men bought and sold within a horribly tangled web that went from being invisible to visibly real. Awareness has fueled my heart. I am unable to be silent. I will be a part of the rescue and recovery of modern day slaves. One day at a time.
What would you say to someone who wants to be an abolitionist but doesn’t know where to start?
Read. Volunteer. Research. Volunteer. Speak with reputable organizations. Volunteer. Ask questions. Volunteer. Verify statistics. Volunteer. Utilize your gifts. Volunteer. Repeat.
Many thanks to all the people who attended this event and helped empower rescue. Contact information for Jeff, the Volunteer Relations Manager, can be found following the photos if you are interested in hosting a similar event. Enjoy these beautiful pictures!
If you have a passion, consider turning that passion into an event that fuels literal rescue. Whether it’s a sponsored run, a house party, or profits from a lemonade stand, never underestimate the power of fighting slavery, right where you are, with your people, doing something you already love.
For more info contact: Jeff Flacker, Volunteer Relations Manager, by email email@example.com or phone 719-645-4499. Or visit the Volunteer Center page: Volunteer Center