Team CLA 2019
Thanks for visiting our team fundraising page. For the sixth year, Community Legal Aid is walking in support of the Elizabeth Freeman Center Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. The event features men walking in women's shoes to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join the team and walk with us on September 19th or contribute here to support the work of the Elizabeth Freeman Center. In 2018 Team CLA was the top fundrasing team collecting donations totalling $5,758. With your help we hope to exceed that total for 2019.
Community Legal Aid, Inc. (www.communitylegal.org) provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA specializes in assisting tenants threatened with eviction or the loss of a rent subsidy; homeless families trying to access shelter; individuals and families trying to access public benefits programs and unemployment compensation; domestic violence victims in family law matters; persons seeking humanitarian-based immigration relief; students in need of services to help them thrive in school; elders facing threats to their autonomy, independence, or safety, and persons seeking help with a legal problem because they are a victim of a crime or a survivor of a homicide victim.
We are unique – no other organization provides these legal services in the communities we serve. Our work is supported by state and federal funding, and by individual gifts, local corporations, and foundations.
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Walk a Mile 2019
Join Elizabeth Freeman Center's 9th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence!
Five domestic violence murders in three years have rocked Berkshire County and are tragic reminders that every case of domestic violence can be a matter of life and death. #Metoo continues to raise survivor voices exposing the horrifying levels of sexual violence and demanding accountability and change.
WE IN THE BERKSHIRES ARE TAKING ACTION! Violence is preventable! For our children, families, neighbors, co-workers, our community- JOIN US!
On September 19, 2019, hundreds of passionate community members will take to the street, donning symbolic footwear, to literally walk one mile down North Street united to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. We gather at the corner of North Street and Columbus Avenue. Participants can register online. People can also register on the day of the event beginning at 5:00 pm. Look for the many red tents. There is no entry fee to walk, but participants are encouraged to raise funds to support Elizabeth Freeman Center's services to address and stop sexual assault and domestic violence.
All are welcome to participate- people of all ages, races, ethnicities, gender identities, and abilities.
Violence affects us all... our children, our friends, our neighbors, our coworkers, our community, and our future. Come add your voice (and your feet!) to those calling for change. Together we are making a difference. EFC depends on these much-needed funds. Let's make 2019 the best Walk a Mile yet!
A special thanks to our 2019 event underwriters:
Onyx Specialty Papers
Annie Selke Companies
Berkshire Health Systems
Health New England
Berkshire Bank Foundation
Haddad Dealerships of the Berkshires
Greylock Federal Credit Union
J.H. Maxymillian, Inc.
Black Rock Foundation
Rotary Club of Pittsfield
Adams Community Bank
Cain Hibbard & Myers, PC
Guido's Fresh Marketplace
Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook, LLP
Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLC
Only in my Dreams Events, LLC
Scarafoni Financial Group (ST Insurance Agency)
East Elm Pediatrics
Other corporate sponsors:
Hill Engineers, Architects, Planners, Inc.
Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, Inc.
Adelson & Company PC
Teton Management Corporation
Berkshire Orthodontics, PC
Elizabeth Freeman Center
With the world in the midst of a pandemic, we are here, open, and ready to help! Elizabeth Freeman Center continues to provide needed services to survivors and others in the community. No one deserves to be abused, raped or assaulted.
We are in very dangerous times. The necessary steps we take to stop the spread of coronavirus create the very conditions that result in explosions of domestic and sexual violence. The closing of schools and daycares, the closing of workplaces, closing courts, limited access to police departments, financial stress, the isolation in homes which are already not safe for so many of our neighbors – all of these circumstances and stressors lead to increased violence and decreased ability to access help. All of these conditions continue and we are seeing the effects. Calls to our hotline have dramatically increased.
Every hour of every day, Elizabeth Freeman Center provides lifesaving, life renewing help to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and to their families.
We offer free and confidential counseling, shelter, legal advocacy, safety planning, teen dating violence prevention education, a 24/7 hotline, and much more. Each year we reach over 3,000 people from almost every city, town and hamlet in Berkshire County and we know we are only scratching the surface. During COVID-19, violence has not stopped. Many people need our services.
We do not do this work alone! Growing awareness and community partnerships propel innovation, including our award-winning Money School, expanded youth education in local schools, our LGBTQ Access Project, and specialized services for immigrants and persons with disabilities.
Elizabeth Freeman Center has offices in Pittsfield, North Adams, and Great Barrington, and staff at Probate and Family Court, Northern Berkshire District Court, Southern Berkshire District Court, and the Adams and Pittsfield police departments. Our staff can meet people in safe locations almost anywhere in Berkshire County. We can provide transportation to help you reach us.
Call us for help – we will be here for you.
Join us to help – we cannot do this work without you. In 2020, we are moving our friend- and fund-raising event to a digital campaign. We want to keep everyone healthy, so we are not having a physical Walk a Mile event this year.
Whoever we are, however we look, wherever we go – we all deserve safety and justice.