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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Donate to WomenStrength

Donating to  WomenStrength and GirlStrength   

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Strength programs! 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.Please note, all donations are non-transferable and non-refundable.


Why make a donation?

GirlStrength and WomenStrength  volunteer instructors must complete 120 hours of training to become qualified to teach girls and women holistic self-defense skills.  When they complete this training,  they obtain instructor status and are 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,  which is why it is imperative for these programs to provide incentives and for us to  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  approximately 6,500 youth, ages 10-17.  Since 1979, WomenStrength instructors have  provided free self-defense classes to approximately 30,000 women and teenage girls, and personal safety workshops to over 110,000 women and men.

All donations are used to support  the training, recruitment, appreciation and longevity of our volunteer instructors.


How do I make a donation?

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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 check donation, please make your check  payable to the "City of Portland."  Be sure to state the preferred program for your donation.  Please mail your check to the address below:  

GirlStrength or WomenStrength 

Family Services Division

Portland Police Bureau

10225 East Burnside

Portland, OR 97233