Will Run for Cupcakes - Sweet Run 2015

​ We’re looking for runners (and walkers!) to partner with the Las Vegas team for our annual Sweet Run, happening November 14th and 15th, 2015. What exactly is “The Sweet Run”? Good question! The Sweet run is what we call this fundraiser, which is actually part of the largest race series in the U.S. - The Rock ‘n’ Roll race series. This year is especially exciting because there are even more race options to choose from. You can run or walk a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon. How can I help? We're so glad you asked! You sign up for one of the Las Vegas rock ‘n’ roll races and then set up a fundraiser page to raise money for The Cupcake Girls. It couldn’t be easier! If...


My Portland Summer

This summer I got the privilege of interning with The Cupcake Girls Portland. I had been volunteering with them for about six months prior to my internship, so I really felt like I had a little bit of an understanding of how the organization worked, what their goals were and I was excited to see what this summer had to offer. I was hired on their team as the Chief of Community Development, which meant I saw over Donor Relations, Community Relations, Fundraising and PR/Marketing. In the beginning, Amy, the Portland City Director made it very clear that my internship was not going to be about making copies and fetching coffee. She planned on truly challenging me in this leadership position...


Women Supporting Women- Join us at AVN 2016!

One of the things I love most about The Cupcake Girls is a lot of what we do boils down to women supporting women. We do have male volunteers, male and transgender clients, but 95% of both our volunteers and clients are female. We live in a world where we can see women tearing each other down, whether it be for career choices, differing views on parenting, politics, marriage, etc.  Sometimes it feels the world we live in often revolves around judgment, rather than acceptance, support, and/or encouragement of one another.  Our Cupcake Girls team is filled with women working together to utilize our personal strengths to provide support and resources to people working in the adult industry....


Wellness Day 2015

This past Sunday the Portland branch had the opportunity to host a Wellness Day Event for local adult entertainers. You may have noticed that in previous years we have done a Spa Day, but this year we decided to go in a little bit of a different direction. Our vision for the event was not only for our clients to have a day of relaxation but for them to also be able to continue practicing what they learned at the event in their everyday lives. As a staff, we value how important self-care is and that was our inspiration for this event. I believe the majority of us can sometimes forget about self-care, so I think this event was eye opening for not only our clients but also our staff and...


An Invitation to Change the World

My eyes are welling up with tears as I try to share what is weighing on my heart like a ton of bricks. There have been many moments over the past five years when this weight feels like more than I can bear. Many of you don’t really understand the value of what we do, and I know this because the same questions get blurted out every single time I share the message of The Cupcake Girls: “You give cupcakes for strippers, sex workers, and porn stars? Why?” “Certainly there must be better, more important, and more needy causes out there?” I have to be honest with you – as I’ve started this nonprofit and experienced heartaches and setbacks, I’ve had some of the same questions. If I...


Our Goals & Dreams Start Here

This past Wednesday, July 15th, the Portland team hosted our first ever donor event. We invited anyone and everyone who has ever donated to The Cupcake Girls in the Oregon/Washington area. We we’re so excited to finally show off our brand new office space and share our dreams and goals for the future with the people who brought us this far. The night began with mingling over food and drinks, and was followed by a guided office tour. We loved being able to show off our new space to the people who pay for us to be here. What’s special about our shared office space is that we can access it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are private conference rooms where we can have private staff,...


The Value of Emotional Support

In working with clients, we encounter various situations daily. Two clients I had been working with recently were struggling with homelessness because of unhealthy relationships. Both were sex workers and primarily in need of emotional support as they made better, healthier decisions to get themselves into stable housing. One client went back to the unhealthy relationship and expressed that her life must be a real mess if staying in a bad relationship is easier than finding a safe place to live. We offered her housing options that she declined, but she stayed in touch to text me about other things. I asked her if she could be somewhere else right now, where would she be? She replied,...


The Gift of Wellness

Right now our Gifts Team is gearing up for our 3rd Annual Wellness Day, previously named Spa Day.  Our Portland team is incredibly excited about this new approach on pampering. In previous years we’ve treated our clients with getting their hair, makeup and nails done but we’ve decided to take a whole new route this year. We have been reaching out to different community specialists such as massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, yoga instructors, naturopaths, and different spa professionals who are willing to donate their time and skills for our event. We want to also incorporate aromatherapy, essential oils and tips about self-care. We decided to change the event from Spa...


Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can

Pledge your support during our July donor campaign Start Where You Are Since our founding in 2011, and 501(c)(3) designation in 2014, The Cupcake Girls have been providing respect, resources, and relationships to those working in the adult entertainment industry. Our humble beginnings and limited resources have never limited our hearts that are drawn to serve, nor our creativity in using limited funding to provide the best possible care to our clients and community. Use What You Have Our donors have always been the backbone of our organization and allow us to provide services including medical, dental, mental health care, educational assistance, career planning, and domestic violence and...


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...