If you have never heard of The Freya Project, you’re going to want to read this.
The Freya Project is a monthly fundraising series that donates money to small, usually women-oriented non-profits. These are usually located in communities that do not embrace the vital work they perform.
This project shows the importance and the impact that fundraising can do. Often it is difficult for any kind of change to take place unless there are actions taken to improve circumstances and make the changes that we want to see.
On their website, they state that their aim is to “create an environment where we can support each other not only as women but as active citizens of our country, to give our help to organizations dedicated to preserving a safe space for the marginalized, endangered, the terrified, all of us.”
This month, they are supporting Bridges Domestic Violence Center, which is the only domestic violence shelter in Williamson County, Tennessee.
This organization provides a 24-hour crisis hotline for immediate assistance, an outreach support group, and a shelter at an undisclosed location.
On the evening of April 27, five women, Eleanore Pienta, Abeer Hoque, Syreeta McFadden, Kristen Scarlett, and Lena Valencia, will be featured reading essays about a time they felt stuck. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at Romona.
Here is a little bit about each speaker. Abeer Hoque is a Nigerian born, Bangladeshi-American writer and photographer. Syreeta McFadden is a writer, photographer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. Eleanore Pienta is an actress, visual artist
and dancer. Kristen Scarlett is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at One Medical Group. Last but not least, Lena Valencia is the managing editor of One Story.
All of these women come from different backgrounds and have lived through their own unique experiences. Sharing their stories could have an immense impact on those who attend, and all proceeds from the ticket sales can help change people’s lives who reach out to Bridges Domestic Violence Center.
The donations will go to helping provide free services for victims of domestic violence, including crisis intervention, temporary shelter, court advocacy, and case management for victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
Bridges Domestic Violence Center states that their mission is to, “serve women, men, and their children affected by domestic violence, ensuring a safe transition to successful independent living through education, intervention, and case management.”
Supporting these kinds of centers is essential to help those who need it. The Freya Project has helped provide hope and motivation to those who are struggling by giving them the opportunity to heal and move forward.
If you are not able to go to this event, but want to help and contribute to Bridges Domestic Violence Center, you can purchase a ticket as a donation here.
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