Lab #8: Community Fundraising – The Silent Walk for My Refuge House

Dear John A. McArthur,

On behalf of My Refuge House, I am writing to you in regards to an upcoming fundraiser we are planning. My Refuge House is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a safe home to empower and restore survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse. With our main location in Cebu, Philippines, My Refuge House provides holistic care intended to enable the trafficking survivors educationally, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally to stand on their own again.

We recently joined forces with Slavery No More, an organization working to combat and abolish modern-day slavery and human trafficking, and to create awareness and a diversity of opportunities for meaningful personal engagement, located in Calabasas, California. Together we will serve the victims of human trafficking.

On Friday, June 14th, members of both My Refuge House and Slavery No More, along with their survivors, will par take in The Silent Walk. The Silent Walk will commence at sunset and all participants will walk for an hour of silence with a candle in hand. The walk will take place at the location of Slavery No More in Calabasas, California; in addition, all of our members and survivors in Philippines will participate there as well.

We are opening The Silent Walk to the community of Calabasas, with a $15 entrance fee, in hopes of the people in our community joining us. All participants will receive a free wrist band, with the fundraiser and date on it. Our hope is to raise as much money as we can, while honoring our rescued survivors and the victims still at harm. No amount is insignificant.

Our two goals for this fundraiser are to 1) spread awareness of sex trafficking and modern-day slavery and 2) raise $400,000 in monetary donations. The community of Calabasas has proven in the past to join together for a cause, and the population is around 23,000. If the majority of our community members join us on this walk, we should hit that mark. Those who enter can do so online or in person before the walk commences. All of this information will be available via the website listed below.
We, along with our survivors, will be making flyers for the fundraiser to distribute throughout the community. We’ve informed our local stores and they allotted us the permission to distribute flyers throughout their stores, as well as having them next to the daily paper on the way out. For additional publicity, our event will be featured on the front of the paper approximately one week before it takes places. Our local Starbucks heard of the efforts we are making and offered their support by advertising at their store and collecting donations.
In order to plan accordingly, all stores will be checked periodically to see if flyers are being picked up and recognized. Our local Starbucks will be checked every three days to pick up any donations. Crystal Sprague, Executive Director of My Refuge House, and I will be responsible for doing so.

Sprague, along with the remaining board members of our organization and Slavery No More, would like to extend the offer to any interested in volunteering or donating in this honorable fundraiser. We encourage those to share any leadership direction they might have for us to further improve our fundraiser.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Kimberlee Servideo
Fundraiser Coordinator for My Refuge House
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277
(C): (704) 877-9532
Email: kimberlee.servideo@queens.edu


(Image is credited to myrefugehouse.org)

For more information on My Refuge House and their mission, please visit their website here.

For more information on Slavery No More and their partnership with My Refuge House, please visit their website here.

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