Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Update!

"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light." – Norman B. Rice

Hi there,

As summer draws closer, we are getting more and more excited about our doors opening. The need is GREAT and REAL. We can only do this with your support!

Can you help us meet our goal of raising $150,000 by July? Whether it's $25 a month or $2,500 - every single gift brings us closer to making this house a reality for the women enslaved right now!

"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." - Chinese Proverb

Here are some great ways YOU can help provide for Amirah's needs...
  • We are beginning to receive some physical donations (beds, tables, etc.) and are needing to rent a temporary storage space until we have a house to put it all in. We have a local storage facility that is willing to rent us space on a month to month basis for $95/month. Could you commit to covering this cost for us? Or splitting it with a friend? This is an immediate, tangible need! Please also email us if you have, oh say, an empty barn where we could store these items for a few months!
  • Are you a web designer? Or know one? is in need of someone to design a workable Wordpress template. This would be the ideal pro-bono project!
  • Corporate matching/giving programs - many workplaces offer employees the opportunity to make pre-tax donations and some may even match your giving! Would you consider giving to Amirah in this way? Whether it's $10, $100 or $1,000 - every bit helps!
  • Airline miles - Arwyn will be traveling to network and connect with like-minded safehouses. Donated airline miles will help us in amazing ways to get her there!
If you can help with any of the above items, please email

Check out Arwyn's latest blog post! She and any of our board members are available to meet with your group to share about Amirah. If you're interested in bringing in someone from Amirah to speak, please email us!**

We do still have some great needs for specific volunteers:
* Individuals interested in running a fund-raising event
* Folks dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking and what Amirah's trying to do about it!
* Interested in advocacy? The Not For Sale Campaign (MA) recently sent out a fantastic informative email about the different bills that are on the table here in the Bay State. Check it out and then email your legislators TODAY to let them know that it's critical to pass these bills to create legislation against human trafficking!

Please email us if you're interested in any of the above!

Thank you for partnering with us to abolish modern-day slavery!

The Amirah team

**As you're able, we request an honorarium to cover travel costs.


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