2016 Holiday Resource List

We understand that the holiday season is not always a time of joy and celebration for many reasons. Added expenses and expectations can cause feelings of stress, anxiety and and hopelessness. If you are in need of assistance this holiday season, we have compiled a list of resources in Portland, OR and Las Vegas, NV that you may be able to access. Each organization has their own deadlines and criteria, but we hope to make it easier for you to find the assistance you need. As always, if you work in the sex industry and need support or resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us. While we don’t have any holiday specific resources, we can go through our process with you to meet other...


Sweet Run 2016: We Need You!

In Portland, a team of volunteers are meeting for a group run. They have committed to raise money and awareness in order to offer tangible resources to people who have been sex trafficked, and those working in the adult industry. All of them have busy schedules and plenty of commitments, and they could have used another couple of hours of sleep, but it’s a small sacrifice of time and effort for something they believe in. They know every dollar they raise is making a difference. In Las Vegas a woman is lacing up her running shoes and stretching. She has a half-marathon coming up in October, and she’s ready to tackle a five mile training run. Running and fundraising are hard for her, but...


Summer Self-Care & Wellness Day

For some people, summer is the time for beach vacations, sightseeing, swimming, and BBQs. For others, however, the summer can be a stressful time - kids are home from school and it’s challenging to find events to keep them busy and happy for 3 months. Work can be slow for many industries in the summer months, and the heat itself can be dangerous and stressful for everyone. We rarely make time for self-care in our busy lives, but it's truly essential for having a full and well-rounded life. In the event that you are a primary caregiver (especially to children or elderly adults), if you aren’t taking care of your own needs, you have nothing left to provide to others. It’s essential to...


Happy Birthday to The Cupcake Girls Portland!

Today marks the fourth anniversary of The Cupcake Girls Portland.  That’s four years of providing respect, resources, and relationships to adult entertainers in and around Portland, Oregon. We are incredibly grateful for every opportunity to assist these individuals reach their goals at their pace, and in their time. We began the Portland chapter with seven volunteers and I’m excited to say,  that number has expanded to eighty-three. Because of our growing numbers, both in volunteers and clients, we have been able to accomplish an incredible amount this last year.  Already, we've doubled our statistics recorded in 2014!  As I sit here writing this blog, I'm blown away by the...


Our Relationship Mission

I have been volunteering with The Cupcake Girls PDX since June of 2012. I heard about the organization through friends. My friends told me they were looking for spa professionals to help with an event, which is right up my ally. So I looked up The Cupcake Girls online, immediately filled out an application and waited to attend an orientation. At the orientation, I decided what teams I would like to volunteer on, Direct Care and Special events. I then found out I would not be able to do direct care until after a 90 trial period and more training. Fast forward to November, after months of attending meetings and working multiple events, I got to do my direct care training. December comes and...


We Thrive on Diversity

Last month I had the great pleasure of joining our other Portland staff and directors, along with our awesome founder, on a retreat. As volunteers who give over 40 hours a month to The Cupcake Girls we so appreciate the annual weekend of bonding with each other and taking a quick break from our hectic lives. I had too many favorite parts to pick just one, but there is one I wanted to share. One of our Portland volunteers is a high school guidance counselor and she was able to come out to share a training all about the Enneagram with our group. We learned about our own personalities, how each person reacts to stress, and the best way to interact with each other, while k​eeping our newfound...


Portland SlutWalk 2015

This Sunday, September 20th is Portland's annual SlutWalk. What is SlutWalk you may ask? Check out this Q&A with two local activists who are passionately involved in putting together this amazing event. What is the purpose of the event? ELLE: I like to think that we are creating a safe(r) space, and bringing attention to the issue of rape culture. The word “Slut” can bring such a visceral reaction in some folks; I’ve seen people cringe just because of it. And why? The word itself means nothing; it is an intangible, a construct. STERLING: This event is meant to raise awareness around sexualized violence, victim-blaming, slut- shaming, and rape culture in general. Our society is...


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...


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...


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,...