Starting April 1, 2015, Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend) will be placing their collection Bra Boxes around town at participating retail businesses to help bring awareness to the fight against international human trafficking. These garments will help create a pathway to a better life for a woman rescued from the sex slave trade in Africa and Latin America.
SI Bend’s outreach program “Bras for a Cause” is testament to Soroptimist’s mission Best for Women. “Bras for a Cause” is women in Central Oregon helping other women half way around the world. The simple act of a donation of a gently used (or new) bra will help a woman become an entrepreneur who sells these garments thus empowering her to create a better life for herself and family.
Bras may seem an ordinary item for women of Central Oregon. To women of sub-Sahara Africa, they are a luxury item, which improve lives socially and economically.
Bras for a Cause runs annually only during the month of April.
Bra Boxes are at the following locations in Bend.
Bella Studio 2150 Ne Studio Road
The Cutting Club, 1335 NW Galveston
Deschutes Children’s Foundation – East Bend Campus, 2125 NE Daggett Lane
Indulgence Hair Salon, 623 NW Hill Street
The Little Hair Shoppe, 2669 NE Twin Knolls Drive
New Day Realty, 1366 NW Galveston (new address)
Prosthetics by Lynda, 345 NE Norton
QuiltWorks, 926 NE Greenwood
Snap Fitness, 19550 Amber Meadow Drive
Snap Fitness, 2753 NW Lolo
Therapeutic Associates, 2200 NE Neff, #220 (in The Center)
WillowBerry Boutique@Rivals, 910 SE Wilson
Since 1943, Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend), has been providing 70 plus years of community support serving women and girls of Central Oregon. SI Bend is the longest, continuously running women’s service organization in Bend, Oregon, offering educational awards to local students, plus, supporting Bethlehem Inn, Head Start, Saving Grace, and more. Internationally, SI Bend’s outreach programs “Bras for a Cause” assists’ women rescued from human trafficking especially from the sex slave trade in Africa through the campaign “Free the Girls.”
For more information, visit www.sibend.org.