Join Greylock Together’s team and walk with us to RISE TOGETHER!
(Click the blue box to “Donate to a Participant or Team” and search for “Greylock Together.” Help us to beat our $500 goal and then come walk with us! We welcome all donations, even if you are unable to join us...)
- WHAT: RISE TOGETHER FOR SAFETY & JUSTICE
- WHY: We RISE because each and every resident in Berkshire County deserves to feel safe, supported and loved.
- IN SUPPORT OF: the ELIZABETH FREEMAN CENTER annual fundraiser
- WHEN: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 12:00 pm
- WHERE: FIELD PARK, Williamstown - intersection of North, South & Main (stay-tuned for map details!)
- HOW: JOIN OUR TEAM!
*Domestic and sexual violence has exploded as a result of COVID-19. Your help and support has never been more important. Please Rise Together for Safety and Justice. Register and/or donate here: pledgereg.com/risetogether21 Spread the word: #RiseTogether #WhyWeRise
KNOW MORE, DO MORE...the EFC needs us now, more than ever:
Eleven of our neighbors have been murdered by family members in the past five years.
Each year EFC serves over 3,000 adult and child survivors throughout the county.
Our rate of protection order filings is 57% higher than the state average by population.
Calls to our hotline increased over 40% during COVID.
49.8% of immigrant women experience intimate partner violence.
1 in 2 transgender people are victims of sexual violence.
44% of lesbian women & 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking.
More than 40% of Black women experience intimate partner violence.
Disabled people are more than 3x more likely than non-disabled people to experience rape and sexual assault.
Up to 57% of homeless women cited domestic violence as the immediate cause of their homelessness.
WHERE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS GO:
$500 gives 10 survivors safe phones so they can call for help
$1,000 funds a week of our SAFEPLAN services to support survivors in obtaining protection orders and creating safety plans
$1,500 helps sustain one month of after-hours coverage of our 24/7 hotline, so that no one's call for help goes unanswered
$2,500 supports 55 hours of specialized child counseling and supports for children who suffer or witness violence in their homes
$5,000 provides 30 days of emergency shelter for two families fleeing danger
$7,500 funds 8 weeks of our famed violence prevention education with 50 middle school students to create change
$10,000 provides our award-winning Money School series with workshops and individual supports to 10 survivors seeking safety and financial independence
READ MORE, LEARN MORE:
GT readers have participated in both One Book, One Community reads, facilitated by the Elizabeth Freeman Center in partnership with Berkshire County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force.
In 2019, many in our county read No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know about Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, by Rachel Louise Snyder.
In 2021, the selection was Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We’re Taking Back Our Power, by author, street artist and activist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Both authors/artists/creators came to Berkshire County (in-person and virtually) to be in conversation with our readers and advocates.
Join us and stay tuned...all welcome! Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates, acknowledgements, and to follow the hashtag #RiseTogether!
#RiseTogether walks are taking place across the county in Williamstown, North Adams, Pittsfield, Gt. Barrington and Lee, from Sept. 19 - 27th. Full walk schedule: https://bit.ly/3jEcnBV.
Check out more news from this week at Muckraker Farm.
Rise Together for Safety & Justice Walk
September 19th, 12 pm
Field Park, Williamstown
CONTACT INFO FOR GT TEAM ACTION:
Resist and persist!
Team captains, Jess & Wendy