Spring Hill group had a great car wash event this month raising around $160 and is currently working on assembling their educational display board and Ride for Refuge auction baskets for the volunteer event in October.
The Franklin group had a special meeting this month - they acknowledged specific progress the group members had made and finalized their basket for the silent auction for the Ride for Refuge event this fall. Survivor Services Coordinator Lizedny attended and gave updates on all the survivors. Afterwards, each person in the Franklin group left the meeting with a specific survivor to pray for throughout the month.
The Murfreesboro volunteer group has been working hard toward End Slavery Tennessee's mission to create a slave-free Tennessee and holistically restore survivors of human trafficking. The group is doing their part to turn off the T.A.P. of human trafficking in TN:
“T” for Training - Volunteer Kadi is working with Karen Karpinski to connect with some other volunteers to help in the needed steps to have on-line training available for professionals. This will help us increase our outreach and is a project that has been desired for a while. Kadi also wants to get trained to be a tutor/mentor as needed for our survivors and their families.
"A" for Aftercare - The Murfreesbor group has been working hard on different fundraising events like the Ride for Refuge silent auction basket and their volunteer Linda is collecting items for rescue kits for new survivors. The group turned in over $300.00 in gift cards that volunteer Connor collected at his college church group at New Vision Church. These will be used to help survivors with their immediate needs.
"P" for Prevention - Volunteer Alissa is doing tons of youth presentations to help share preventative knowledge to those most vulnerable to human trafficking. The group also printed their educational board graphics to help educate the public at community events.
The Nashville group met at the end of the month and discussed several topics. Volunteers were reminded and encouraged to use the new Volgistics system to track their volunteering hours. The group discussed Ride for Refuge coming up in October and decided upon their silent auction basket theme as outdoors/nature. The group also decided to start reading together the book Girls Like Us and will begin discussing their thoughts and reactions at the next meeting. The volunteers also decided to help ESTN by gathering items for a survivor rescue kit to put together and deliver to the office for new referrals and rescues.