For those who haven't been keeping close tabs on our Facebook page, the details for our upcoming 5K race are above! Special thanks to Jason Getz for donating his time and talent to create the flyer!
Registration is fast and easy through RunSignUp: bit.ly/strides-save-lives.
If running isn't your thing (it sure isn't mine!), don't fret! You can still support the cause by volunteering on the day of the race, donating, or spreading the word about the event!
As always, thanks for all your love and support! We have the best community of supporters!
Who doesn’t love a savory sandwich from Isaac’s? Now, there is a perfect excuse to get your favorite bird-themed sandwich! On Sunday, July 9th, from 5pm to 8pm at the Strasburg Isaac’s, the restaurant will be hosting an event for Project Libertad! Enjoy an evening with your friends and family while supporting us in our efforts to establish a shelter for survivors of sex trafficking. When you go to Isaac’s, 25% of your meal goes directly to us, which slowly but surely helps us collect enough funding to open a shelter. During the fundraiser, Loyalty members of Isaac’s are asked to refrain from using your number for the duration of the fundraiser, as well as meal deals, coupons, discounts, and loyalty rewards, as these are not valid during the fundraiser. If you enjoy your meal so much that you absolutely must go back, (Isaac’s has delicious food, so the craving will come back!), you can purchase a gift card! When purchasing a gift card, we get 15% of the sale, additionally benefitting us.
This fundraiser is only valid at the Strasburg Isaac’s, located at The Shops at Traintown, 226 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579. Even if you do not have time for a sit-down dinner, take-out and online orders are always an option! For online orders, the website is www.isaacsdeli.com, and use the coupon code FUND. For dining in, be sure to print out the donation form and bring it with you to hand to your server. Happy eating!
Rachel & Maggie
During Project Libertad's journey toward the creation of our own shelter, we have been involved in a number of community outreach activities. One outreach project is at an existing shelter for survivors called Dawn's Place, where we help cook meals with current residents. Dawn's Place, located in Philadelphia, temporarily houses trafficking survivors and assists them with their recovery and dealing with the trauma of being trafficked. Project Libertad is premised on a very similar concept; however, PL will not require sobriety from its residents for admittance.
Unfortunately, many trafficking victims fall victim to drugs for a number of reasons. Project Libertad is looking to fill that gap and allow housing for residents with existing substance abuse issues in order to cast a wider net and aid more survivors. It is shelters like Dawn's Place, and soon Project Libertad, that give victims a chance to rebuild their lives, make their own decisions, and work towards a brighter future, free from victimization and the control of others.
At Dawn's Place, residents sometimes join in and cook with us, but dinner is always eaten together as a group. Each time we are scheduled to cook a meal, we suggest a dish to the residents and plan to cook it that week.
For example, here I am, preparing vegetable toppings for taco night! Another time, after the residents went on a vegetarian kick, we all enjoyed a delicious eggplant parmesan and pasta dinner. This past week was a special occasion, as it was a resident's birthday! We celebrated with cupcakes for dessert.
Preparing meals and eating together has been incredible for fostering relationships and making the residents feel safe. We thank Dawn's Place for having us and plan to continue volunteering our time at the shelter.
Project Libertad Volunteer
Remember all the way back in January, when we laid out our goals for the year? The most ambitious of those goals was to raise $5,000 by the end of 2017. Well, guess what - it's only mid-May, and we're already 60% of the way there! That's right, we've already raised $3,000 towards opening our shelter! Thanks to all the crazy generous friends and community members who have made this possible. At this rate, we'll surpass our goal by the end of the year!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the yard sale a couple of weeks ago and made it a huge success! In just a few hours, the sale raised $400 for the shelter!
We'd especially like to thank First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg for hosting the sale, as well as Sugar on Top donuts and Speckled Hen Coffee for donating delicious baked goods for the sale! Finally, we're so thankful to the whole Strasburg community, which has been hugely supportive of this cause. Between the yard sale and donut fundraiser, Strasburg alone has raised $1100 for the shelter. We could not be more grateful!
On Tuesday April 25th, Landmark Americana of West Chester was generous enough to host a fundraiser for Project Libertad. With coordination between Landmark and Alpha Phi Omega, this event raised nearly $100! As a fraternity that follows the principles of "LFS," or leadership, friendship, and service, this was another great way for Alpha Phi Omega to get involved with the community.
With over 70 members in the Omicron Upsilon chapter at West Chester University, the brothers strive to follow the principles of LFS in their daily lives. Every semester, the fraternity aims to help support several charities or non-profits by organizing fundraisers for them. This fundraiser in particular was put together by the new members of the Spring 2017 class, as they wanted to become apart of the APO family while simultaneously helping the community.
Chartered on May 16, 1965, on the West Chester campus, this fraternity has helped to produce hundreds of leaders while also forging many more friendships and bonds. APO’s mission is to “provide its members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they volunteer on their campus, in their community, to the nation, and to the organization." Fundraisers such as this are just one way for the brothers to fulfill their roles.
Thank you so much to all the APO brothers and WCU students and community members who came out and made this fundraiser a success!
Alpha Phi Omega Fundraising Chair
West Chester University
Project Libertad will be holding its first yard sale on Saturday, April 29th. This fundraiser to sell gently used items and baked goods donated from the community in order to raise money that will go towards our long-term goal of opening a safe house. The shelter will be a place where victims of sex trafficking will be able to seek asylum from their abusers and begin to heal from the trauma they have experienced. The yard sale will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, which is located at 101 South Decatur Street in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Stop in from 8 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon to browse the available items.
If you are interested in donating either gently used items or baked good items, please email Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on where to drop off the items.
Thank you so much for your support!
Maggie & Rachel
Project Libertad is excited to announce our first annual Strides Save Lives: 5K Walk/Run! All proceeds will go towards creating a shelter for survivors of sex trafficking and addiction issues in the Philadelphia area. The event will take place in November 2017. Stay tuned for more details!
If you are interested in supporting the event as a sponsor, click here.
If you'd like to volunteer to help with the event itself, contact us here.
We hope you'll come out to support this event and help us make it a success!
Rachel & Maggie
Now seems like the perfect time to share goals and resolutions for Project Libertad in the upcoming year. Not only is January a time for reflection, it is also Human Trafficking Awareness Month! What better time to share what we have accomplished in 2016 and plan for what we will achieve in 2017?
2016 was a year of great change and progress for all of us working on PL, both personally and as an organization. Personally, we've finished degrees, passed bar exams, started new career and educational ventures, traveled overseas, and entered into new seasons of our personal and professional lives.
As an organization, we achieved a long-awaited goal that we have been working on since our inception in August 2015: We finally received our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS! This is incredibly exciting, as it opens us up to be able to receive more and larger donations! We also completed the process of becoming a nonprofit corporation in the state of PA! In other words, the legal foundation of Project Libertad is complete, so we are now able to take practical steps forward towards creating our shelter!
This bring us to four main goals for the new year:
As you can tell, we have so many exciting projects in the works for 2017! Please keep an eye on this blog and our Facebook page for updates on how you can get involved!
Thank you to all who donated to our initial fundraising campaign and helped us take Project Libertad from an idea to a real, live organization!
Peace and love,
Rachel & Maggie