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About Our Event

About Our Cause

We are changing 

For the past ten years Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) organized an annual campaign every third Thursday of September called "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes." This event grew to be our biggest event, both in fundraising and also, as importantly, in friend-raising, to build a community movement to end domestic, dating and sexual violence. 

Moving forward, we wanted to create a new event that best represents our values and our community.

Rise Together for Safety and Justice 

We are excited to launch Rise Together for Safety and Justice! This event evolved from the feedback we received, the conversations we had, and a goal to ensure that everyone feels there is a place for them with Elizabeth Freeman Center. These last 18 months in the pandemic have been difficult, but we Rise Together as a community because all of us deserve safety and justice. This year, as we remain vigilant with COVID precautions, we will have walks in Williamstown, North Adams, Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Lee, and Lenox in September. See the full schedule and routes HERE.

Now more than ever we need your help

Changing our biggest fundraising event during a global pandemic was not an easy decision. We depend on the funds raised at this annual event to help pay for our life-saving services. 

Why we rise

  • 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

Where your dollars 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

How to participate

  • Rise Together with us between Sunday, September 19th, and Wednesday, September 29th (Click HERE for schedule of socially distanced planned walks and suggested routes);
  • Register and help us raise funds with your family, friends, and coworkers;
  • Donate so that we can raise the funds that we desperately need to continue to fight gender based violence;
  • Spread the word that EFC is here, open, and ready to help;
  • Take photos and videos about why you rise and share on social media with #WhyWeRise and #RiseTogether to join Elizabeth Freeman Center in spreading awareness about sexual and domestic violence in Berkshire County.

Stay tuned for more details!  Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates, acknowledgements, and to follow the hashtag #RiseTogether! 


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