WBN Annual Service Project
Each year, WBN chooses a deserving organization for its annual service project. Chapters may submit an application on behalf of an organization they feel would benefit from some type of active participation from our WBN members. Throughout the year, different activities/fundraising opportunities for the service project take place.
A call for applications takes place annually. Learn more about the application requirements.
2019-2020 Service Project
Living in Liberty helps victims rescued from enslavement, providing a range of services to both victims of sex trafficking and the general public that align with our vision of helping to eradicate human trafficking. We also educate those who are not aware of the severity of this epidemic. They have a safe house , which is a secure location where victims of sex trafficking receive the treatment and services they need to overcome the trauma they have experienced and gain the confidence and skills necessary to live independently. Living in Liberty provides a loving, caring, homelike environment where victims can feel safe, secure and welcome. The house is a full-service facility with the amenities of an average American home. While in the safe house, residents have access to the following services:
Loving and Caring Environment: The most important part of recovering from such a traumatic experience is being part of a community that provides a loving and caring environment. The house is a place to receive treatment but also to build relationships with fellow victims and care givers, an important step on the road to recovery.
Health Care: Because most residents have a wide variety of health issues, while in our care they have access to health care services to aid in their recovery. These services include medicines, treatment for diseases and malnourishment, substance addiction recovery and other services as necessary.
Counseling: Counseling services range from mental health counseling to help victims accept the situation from which they were rescued, to drug and substance abuse counseling to help victims recover.
Food: Most victims have come from situations in which they were not eating regularly or are malnourished. They need balanced healthy meals to help rebuild their bodies. We provide nutritious foods and a fully functioning kitchen. This allows some victims to learn how to cook and maintain a clean kitchen.
Clothing: Many victims have few, if any, possessions. Through donations we provide clothing for the victims.
Education: The women learn basic life skills such as cooking, cleaning and interacting with other people to advanced life skills like balancing a check book and preparing a resume, and have access to materials to learn subjects taught in schools like reading, writing and mathematics. Residents also can learn crafts such as sewing and have access to resources to express themselves through art. The combination of all of these skills will help to prepare the women to get jobs and become independent.
Legal Counseling Referrals: The victims need access to a wide array of legal services, from assistance in registering the necessary paperwork to get their U.S. citizenship to providing information that may lead to the prosecution of traffickers. We provide as much legal assistance as possible to help the women successfully move on once they leave the house.
We will be learning more about this worthwhile cause as the year progresses, but in the meantime visit their website at LIVINGINLIBERTY.ORG
SERVICE PROJECT CHAIR
Kim Reuss (Cranberry Chapter)
September: Wine drive for Salsa Night. Each chapter is asked to contribute bottles of wine for use as a fundraiser at Salsa night in October.
October: Salsa Night—Nov 2nd Come and learn to Salsa! Bring friends and clients. Have fun while raising money!
November: Fashion Show (Cranberry Chapter)—We are looking for volunteers from other chapters to help with this event. We would like to use WBN member businesses to promote a fashion show with proceeds benefiting Living in Liberty.
December: Holiday Breakfast (Items for Safe house) Collect items for outreach street bags (attached) or other Winter outreach items.
January: Human Trafficking month—invite LIL to speak at a group you know, schools, churches networking groups, Rotary groups. All material is always age appropriate.
February: Collect baskets for Silent Auction (Glass Slipper Ball).
March: Volunteer for Glass Slipper Ball—help set up silent auction baskets, etc.
April: Get sponsors for Highmark Walk—prepare to do the Highmark Walk by getting people to sponsor you for the walk.
May: Highmark Walk and Annual Dinner.
June: Baskets for volunteers—Silent Auction baskets to show appreciation to volunteers.
How To Help
- Sign-up your Amazon Account Shop with amazon smile and choose Living in Liberty to be your charity of choice smile.amazon.com you must use this login every time you purchase on Amazon
- Like the Living in Liberty Facebook Page
- Subscribe to the Living in Liberty updates on the website
What can you do?
- Volunteer opportunities as a group or individually at Repurposed – Arrange a time with Karen Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prepare a month’s work of meals for Street outreach- recipes are available on Living in Liberty website under donations and drop off at the Repurposed store freezer.
- Collect hotel hygiene items when you travel.
- Collect larger personal care items and prepare hygiene backs for outreach.
- Donate your stuff to Repurposed- Ask your friends family clients strangers to donate their stuff to Repurposed.
- Recruit companies to sponsor events GALA, Salsa night, Highmark walk, new events see sponsorship opportunities.
- Help furnish provide items to furnish and set-up the new home- or sponsor a room.
- Donate/volunteer your services to Living in Liberty.
Some current services include:
• Social Media
• Graphic Design
Outreach Bath Bag:
A bath bag is given to a woman who desires to clean up or shower at the Care Center. We provide the towel. Pre-packaging these items in a gallon size Ziploc bag and labeled “Bath Bag” ready to be distributed to the women is very helpful. As noted below, the size should be clearly marked on the outside of the bath bag.
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Shampoo/conditioner (hotel size is fine)
- Small bar soap
- Small lotion (hotel size is fine)
- Candy: mints (Tic-Tac, Lifesavers, Mentos or wrapped peppermints)
- Under-panties (one new pair with the size on the outside of the bag S,M,L,XL).
- Snack/sandwich size bag with a few Q-tips, cotton balls, emery board, safety pin, Band-Aid
- Small mouthwash
- Pair of socks
Outreach Street Bags:
Outreach bags are used on the street to connect with women. These bags can vary in content. Edibles should be in snack size bags inside the outer bag. Choose which items you want to include. Package your items, one each, in Ziploc bags.
- Lip balm
- Hand cream
- Hand sanitizer
- Wrapped candy
- Granola bar
- Small deodorant
- Socks suited for the season
- Personal feminine wipes
- Small flashlight
- Shampoo, conditioner
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Washcloth and soap