"Why Strippers?"

We get asked this question at almost every event we attend, at least once, but usually several times. It’s a common question, especially in a society that both objectifies and diminishes women. So…why “strippers”? First of all, we don’t really love that word, so you will never hear any Cupcake Girls using it, and we actually work with clients in all aspects of the adult entertainment industry, including people who work at strip clubs, all types of sex workers, and people in the adult film industry. The majority of our clients are women, but we are available and willing to help men & LGBTQ people who work in the adult industry. We happen to believe that everyone deserves to be...


The Power of a Network

If you’ve been following the CCG Portland’s activity over the last couple of months you know our team is in the final training stage for our Sweet Run half marathon and 10k that we’ll be running on May 17th. A few weeks ago we hosted our first in-house fundraising event. We gathered to eat pizza and call, Facebook, Tweet and generally connect with all our friends and family to ask for donations. Every year it’s an effective and sometimes inspirational evening as we watch those friends and family members show up to support us by offering funds and/or words of encouragement. This year, the evening started off slowly.  I posted a status or two on Facebook about the fundraiser and at...


The Privilege is Mine

I wear a lot of hats as a Cupcake Girls volunteer, but if I am honest, my favorite role is being a part of the direct care team. I visit clubs once a month and I also have clients that I personally make contact with to see how we can meet their needs as an organization. A few weeks ago, we took 300 gifts, flowers, and cupcakes to the clubs for Easter. Sometimes club visits don’t leave us with much time for deep connections, but we never know what might happen when we walk in with a cupcake, a hello, and a warm smile. There are moments, however, when we do make a connection with an entertainer and they become a client. At the very least, they know we can help support them. We had two...


It's a Cupcake Bake Cupcake World

I joined the Cupcake Girls Portland team a year and half ago not only because I believed in the work that this organization is committed to, but also to meet others who were passionate about loving and respecting people unconditionally. In short, I joined because I believe in the power and importance of relationships, relationships with clients and relationships amongst our volunteers. As an organization, building relationships is at the heart of what we do. I, personally, have the privilege of working with my team to provide cupcakes to our clubs every month. Each cupcake we deliver is an opportunity for a relationship to develop and grow, a conversation to start.  In addition, my team...


Gift Team Adventures

Surprising an individual with a gift is a wonderful feeling, especially when it’s for no particular reason. This gesture can facilitate joy, excitement, and really, it’s just plain fun. This is why I enjoy fulfilling the Gifts Director position for The Cupcake Girls Portland. There are hours, weeks, sometimes months of planning and assembling that take place prior to distributing gifts. A small, lucky team of volunteers is responsible for this part of the organization and even fewer have the privilege of giving the gifts to our clients. I’m happy to be one of those people. Our monthly visit in February is almost always my favorite of the entire year. We deliver Valentines Day...


Direct Care - What it Means

People often wonder what we do as “cupcake girls” and how we assist those in the adult entertainment industry. As the Chief of Direct care, I oversee 4-5 teams of volunteers who work directly with our clients in the Las Vegas community. What does that look like in the day-to-day? I get to the office and answer emails that have come through our website from clients looking for support and services. Several emails each day are resource-related, meaning clients are looking for doctors, lawyers, and (especially right now) tax accountants. For many people, these resources are simple to find through employee benefits and HR departments, but adult entertainers don't have those options. They...


Volunteers Make it Happen

From an early age I felt a pull towards community service; over the years I have dedicated many hours towards various volunteer projects.  I've had the privilege of devoting my free time to a variety of organizations and gained important insight into the inner workings of a non-profit.     Last year I found myself accepting the City Director position of The Cupcake Girls Portland and found myself reflecting upon the lessons I've taken with me through the years.  Through this role, I was handed a immense responsibility and needed to make difficult decisions.  How did I want to fulfill this position?  What are my priorities as City Director?  How do I want this organization...


Our Integrity is Not for Sale

In February 2011, The Cupcake Girls incorporated as an official nonreligious nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide respect, resources and relationships to anyone working in the adult entertainment industry. Our systems, teams, and standards of excellence have evolved enormously over the past 4 years, but our heart has remained the same. Love and support with no conditions No hidden agenda of converting people No desire to pull people out of the sex industry No goals of shutting down strip clubs or porn agencies We are simply here to provide resources to individuals in the sex industry who are in need of support. And to do this, we need your support, too. We...


A Time for Growth

As I contemplate what I’d like to share about my experience working with the Cupcake Girls, all I keep thinking about is growth, personal growth as well as organizational growth. I started working with the Cupcake Girls in January of last year, and not long after I heard some of my peers talking about the Sweet Run 2014.  This event was a half marathon fundraiser to help the Cupcake Girls Portland raise $30,000 to support adult entertainers in the community. Honestly, I said yes because I didn’t have a good reason not to and I’m so glad that I did!   It was through training for this half-marathon that I started to truly get to know some of the women I was volunteering with. I was...


All You Need is Love...And the Occasional Cupcake

As we come upon the most commercialized holiday of the year, it can be a hard time for some of us. There are flowers, balloons, cards, and candy everywhere. Many television commercials highlight diamonds and romantic surprises. Everyone seems to be in love and happy. Reality, however, is often the total opposite of what we see on TV and around us. Not everyone is happy and in love. We’re not all in amazing relationships. Some of us are divorced, alone, struggling, and feeling the full weight of the holiday in unpleasant ways. Some of us feel hopeless, broken, and even worthless. Here is the good news: while life is not always perfect, we still have the ability to give and receive...