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We are making bags of essential items to pass out to homeless and victims of human trafficking in Monterey County. Please help by buying an item from our Amazon wishlist. There are only a few items left! Help us reach our goal of making 150 bags. Thanks!

Today we began filling the outreach bags for the YWCA of Monterey County. These bags will be used to assist homeless and human trafficking victims. The bags contain shampoo, lotion, dental supplies, soap, lip balm, and more. Thank you to those who donated to this project.

This Club Saves Lives is working with YWCA in the renovation and creation of a Human Trafficking Resource Center in Salinas, California. This center will offer counseling, child care, and other basic necessities. Along with this, this center will provide both creative classes–such as dance and art– and classes which help victims finish an education and get a job.

“Their howling stomachs must be given more than a meal and a gallon of water; we must drench them with hope,” says club president, Coral Barrett, who planned this event and has been working alongside YWCA regarding domestic violence and human trafficking victims.

This Club Saves Lives has spent one entire weekend painting the safe house interior. They plan to go back next weekend to finish the renovation, even adding a hall of fame by painting a mural of women leaders. By working on this local project, many students have realized the unfortunate prevalence of this issue and plan to combat it with in the club by encouraging teachers and students to donate to the resource center.

Freshmen Taylor McPherson and Esme Christou spent a Sunday at Stanford University’s d. school learning how to use design thinking to solve local and global problems. Girls Driving for a Difference led their original Find Your Drive program in the morning and then led the girls through an afternoon of action planning with their new Make Your Mark workshop. Taylor and Esme led a group working on solving the unjust and cruel conditions in prisons.