Rise Together for Safety and Justice will hold five Walks from Sunday September 19th through Monday, September 27th.
The Walks are organized by and benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center.
Schedule of Walks:
Sunday, September 19th
Start at 12:00 pm at Field Park, intersection of North, South and Main Streets, Williamstown, MA.
Monday, Sept. 20th
Start at 5:30 pm at intersection of Main and Holden Streets, North Adams, MA
Tuesday, September 21st
Start at 5:30 pm at Persip Park, intersection of North St. and Columbus Ave., Pittsfield, MA
Wednesday, Sept. 22nd
Start at 5:30 pm at Town Hall, Great Barrington, MA
All walks approximately one mile or less long.
The Rise Together for Safety and Justice reflects a new focus for EFC after years of hosting the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events.
Here is what organizers have to say:
“For the past ten years Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) organized an annual campaign every third Thursday of September called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” This event grew to be our biggest event, both in fundraising and also, as importantly, in friend-raising, to build a community movement to end domestic, dating and sexual violence.
Moving forward, we wanted to create a new event that best represents our values and our community.
Rise Together for Safety and Justice
We are excited to launch Rise Together for Safety and Justice! These last 18 months in the pandemic have been difficult, but we Rise Together, as a community because all of us deserve safety and justice. This year, as we remain vigilant with COVID precautions, we will have walks in North Adams, Williamstown, Pittsfield, Lee, and Great Barrington in September. Please join us.
- Rise Together with us between Friday, September 17th, and Thursday, September 30th (Click HERE for the schedule of socially distanced planned walks and suggested routes);
- Register HERE and help us raise funds with your family, coworkers and friends;
- Donate HERE so that we can raise the funds that we desperately need to address and prevent domestic, dating, and sexual violence;
- Spread the word that EFC is here, open and ready to help;
- Take photos and videos about why you rise and share on social media with #WhyWeRise and #RiseTogether to join Elizabeth Freeman Center in spreading awareness about sexual and domestic violence in Berkshire County. We’re on Facebook and Instagram.“
To learn more about the Elizabeth Freeman Center and the work they do visit : https://www.elizabethfreemancenter.org/
Walk A Virtual Mile Berkshire County will be held, well, virtually, Tuesday, September 8 through Friday, September 18, 2020.
The event is organized by the Elizabeth Freeman Center with offices in Great Barrington, North Adams and Pittsfield, MA. Their number is (413) 499-2425.
Here are the Walk details from the Elizabeth freeman website:
Last year more than 900 Berkshire County residents of all ages and backgrounds took to the street and walked a mile united against rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Together we raised over $90,000 to support Elizabeth Freeman Center’s life-saving services. Thank you!
This year we take the Walk virtual! And we need your help to make this year’s Walk A Mile as memorable and successful as ever. Here’s how you can participate:
- Spread the word that EFC is here, open and ready to help;
- Take photos and videos at various Walk a Virtual Mile displays and share on social media with #WereHereWeWalk to join Elizabeth Freeman Center in spreading awareness about sexual and domestic violence in Berkshire County;
- Walk a Virtual Mile with us between Tuesday, September 8th and Friday, September 18th;
- Register Here and help us raise funds with your family, coworkers and friends;
- Donate so that we can raise the funds that we desperately need to continue to fight gender based violence.
Stay tuned for more details!
Spread the word on social media and tag 3 friends with #WereHereWeWalk to help us promote Walk a Virtual Mile! Check out our social media toolkit.
THE WORLD CHANGED, BUT THE VIOLENCE CONTINUED.
These are dangerous and unprecedented times. The very necessary steps we take to stop the spread of Coronavirus also create the very conditions that result in increased domestic and sexual violence. And we are seeing it.
Elizabeth Freeman Center is OPEN! Our hotline is answered 24/7. Our offices are open to help with emergencies, receive walk-ins, provide basic assistance, i.e. food, shelter, safe phones and transportation, and help with forms and protection orders. In addition, our shelter is open and we continue to motel survivors fleeing danger when our shelter is full.
Help us continue to provide these life saving services and donate toda
Walk a Virtual Mile Schedule
- Tuesday, Sept 8 at 4:30PM – Join Mayor Linda Tyer and Pittsfield City Councilors, Meet at Otto’s (95 East Street, Pittsfield);
- Wednesday, Sept 9 at 5:30PM – Join Jane Iredale and EFC staff, Meet at Jane Iredale (294 Main Street, Great Barrington);
- Thursday, Sept 10 at 3:30PM – Join DA Andrea Harrington and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Meet at BDAO (7 North Street, Pittsfield);
- Monday, Sept 14 at 5:30PM – Join Mayor Bernard, members of the NA City Council and MICinc, Meet at MCLA Gallery 51 (51 Main Street, North Adams);
- Tuesday, Sept 15 at 5:30PM – Join Senator Adam Hinds and the Berkshire Delegation, Meet at Steven Valenti’s (157 North Street, Pittsfield);
- Wednesday, Sept 16 at 12:00PM – Join Chief Troy Bacon and the Adams PD, Meet at Adams Police Station (11 Summer Street, Adams);
- Thursday, Sept 17 at 6:00PM – Join local celebrity author Ty Allan Jackson, Meet at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge (444 North Street, Pittsfield);
- Friday, Sept 18 at 4:00PM – End your WAM week with EFC staff and friends, Meet at Carr Hardware (57 Park Street, Lee).
There are (4) Walk a Virtual Mile routes in Berkshire County, each with (5) store fronts with Walk a Virtual Mile “photo-booths.” Stop in front of each storefront window and snap a photo/record a video of you/your group and share on social media with #WereHereWeWalk. Don’t forget to show us your shoes!
The Routes (see map below) & WAM “photo-booth” locations:
- North Adams – Main Street & Eagle Street
- MCLA Gallery 51 – 51 Main Street
- (former) Shear Madness – 77 Main Street
- Friendship Center – 45 Eagle Street
- Desperado’s – 23 Eagle Street
- Klipper Kings – 12 Eagle Street
- Pittsfield – East Street & North Street
- Dottie’s Coffee Lounge – 444 North Street
- Methuselah Bar & Lounge – 391 North Street
- Steven Valenti’s – 157 North Street
- Lee Bank – 75 North Street
- Otto’s Kitchen & Comfort – 95 East Street
- Great Barrington – Main Street & Railroad Street
- Carr Hardware – 256 Main Street
- Lee Bank – 279 Main Street
- GB Eats – 282 Main Street
- Calyx Berkshires – 307 Main Street
- Soco Creamery – 5 Railroad Street
- Lee – Main Street & Park Street
- Carr Hardware – 57 Park Street
- Zabians – 15 Main Street
- Starving Artist & Creperie – 40 Main Street
- Karen Keenan Gifts – 69 Main Street
- Locker Room – 232 Main Street
43rd Annual Women’s Running Race has been changed to a virtual event. Run the course any time before May 10th.
In the interest of safety we have to change this race to a virtual event in light of the current social distancing guidelines.
There is an increased need in the services provided to our community through the Elizabeth Freeman Center during this challenging time. All runners and walkers have this opportunity to participate and help raise funds for this necessary organizations.
Register for the event and we will send you the course map, complete the designated course or any 5k course, road, trail or track and send us your results. Run the course anytime between now and May 10th.
We do not encourage groups to run together. Please follow all the social distance guidelines.
$20 for pre-ordered “women run the world” shirts and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Elizabeth Freeman Center.
All Proceeds to Benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center!
To register go to https://berkshirerunningcenter.com/races-and-events/
The 9th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – Pittsfield will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019, corner of North Street and Columbus Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
The event is organized by the Elizabeth Freeman Center.
This one mile walk is free to whoever cares to join in, but many will solicit donations in advance of the event.
Raise $55 in donations and receive a 2019 Walk a Mile T shirt.
To register online or find a mail in form go to https://www.elizabethfreemancenter.org/walk-mile-2019/ or call (413) 499-2425.
Online registration deadline is Sept. 18th.
Signs shoes and decorations at the Walk. Arrive early for the best shoe choices.
Event day schedule is as follows:
5:00 pm Registration and shoe decorating begins
6:00 pm Walk begins
Proceeds from the Walk will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center in their work to bring hope, help and healing for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Berkshire County.
To learn more about their programs visit elizabethfreemancenter.org.
The 42nd Annual Women’s Running Race will be held Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Berkshire Community College, West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
This event, which is billed as the second oldest all- women’s race in the country, is actually two races. The event begins with an all-women’s race followed by an “everybody else” race.
This year the Race is free, but registrants can purchase event T shirts for $20. Buy before May 1st to ensure shirt size. Race day T shirt price is $25. Each shirt purchase is accompanied by a raffle ticket for great prizes. Additional tickets are $5.
Race Day Schedule:
8:30 am All Women’s 5K
9:30 am Community Run
10:30 am Kids Fun Run
Fruit, water, raffle and awards after the race.
Awards to the top three overall winners in each race and the top finisher in each of 11 age groups.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center.
For more race information visit berkshirerunningcenter.com.
To learn more about the Elizabeth Freeman Center visit elizabethfreemancenter.org.