Donating to the GirlStrength, WomenStrength or BoyStrength
Thank you for your interest in donating to the Strength programs! Your donation is tax- deductable to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your tax advisor if you have any questions about the deductibility of your donation.
Why should I make a donation to the Strength Programs?
GirlStrength and WomenStrength volunteer instructors must complete 128 hours of training to become qualified to teach girls and women holistic self-defense skills. When they complete this training, they obtain instructor status. The expectation is that they will be required to teach full-time for one year - 100 hours! Many of our volunteers continue to teach and have been teaching for over five years. In many ways, volunteering for GirlStrength or WomenStrength is similar to a paid position. Volunteer instructors must be reliable, responsible and exceptional role models for women and girls, which is why it is imperative for these programs to provide incentives and show volunteer appreciation.
Our volunteers are dedicated to reducing violence in our communities and empowering girls and women to be strong and confident. Since 2008, GirlStrength instructors have trained and educated girls approximately 5,000 girls, ages 10-17, in topics related to self-defense and violence prevention. Since 1979, WomenStrength instructors have provided free self-defense classes to approximately 30,000 women and teenage girls, and personal safety workshops to over 100,000 women and men.
All donations are used to support the training, maintenance and longevity of our volunteer instructors.
How do I make a donation?
It’s easy! You can donate online with your credit card, or send a check.
Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your tax advisor if you have any questions about the deductibility of your donation. Donations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
How to make a check donation
To make a donation, please make your check payable to the "City of Portland" and indicate which program you would like to make a donation to. Please mail your check and the donation form to the address below
Family Services Division
Portland Police Bureau
10225 E Burnside
Portland, OR 97233