Sustainable Secrets

Having been active in volunteer work from the age of fifteen (or maybe younger) I thought I knew a lot about non-profits. I definitely knew a lot about empathy and generosity having worked with so many great organizations and leaders over the past fifteen years. This spirit of generosity I observed in my mentors is initially what compelled me to choose a Portland non -profit to work with when I moved here. What I never realized was how much I would learn about myself from the amazing volunteers and clients of The Cupcake Girls. One of our underlying core values is “self-care.” In over fifteen years of volunteer work I’m not sure why I never heard this term before working with The...


What in the world is "Cupcake Academy"?

One of our core values is to be progressive. We always want to grow as an organization and develop better skills to assist the adult entertainment community. We want to provide our clients with all the tools they need to live healthy, inspired lives. A few months ago, we asked some of our clients what kinds of resources we could provide that they would find useful. When we gathered the results, the overwhelming choice was monthly classes to provide education on a variety of topics. With this new feedback, we launched a new component of our Direct Care services for clients – monthly enrichment classes, with topics that the clients choose. We call it “Cupcake Academy.” You might have...


A Step Forward for Sex Trafficking Survivors

The Cupcake Girls has never been a political organization…we walk a narrow path between organizations who seek to rescue and those who fight sex worker rights battles. We were created out of a desire to assist with the many needs in the adult entertainment community. We continually strive to meet those needs in a tangible way, without agenda, and with a heart of love and humility. We offer resources, respect, and relationships to the community we serve. That said, we have identified a very real legal need among survivors of sex trafficking: the ability to vacate criminal trespassing and loitering charges, which required a political remedy. Often, when someone has been arrested for...