Center for Women and Community to Host Community Challenge on April 24

Members of the campus and greater community are invited to join the Center for Women and Community (CWC) Community Challenge on Saturday, April 24.

April marks the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) – a national movement to increase both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. CWC Community Challenge is a way for anyone to get involved in the movement to support survivors and a violence-free community.

In the spirit of increasing ways to get involved, participants can choose a personalized challenge, either individually or as a team, and decide if they want to raise money and/or awareness for the free Sexual Assault Support, Advocacy and Prevention Services that CWC provides to Hampshire County.

Challenges can range from the more traditional, such as running/walking/biking a 10k, to more “out of the box” options like selling artwork to raise funds, completing a pushup challenge, spring cleaning a neighbor’s yard or learning a new skill. 2021 challenges so far include a team raising money by doing a daily “polar plunge,” an individual creating crochet gifts to be raffled off in return for donations and a cyclist riding the length of the bike path for outreach likes and shares.

Local businesses can sponsor the challenge by donating funds or prizes for participants and/or use the social media kit to raise awareness.

Individuals and teams can sign up any time before April 24th. CWC’s social media (@CWCUMass) will be highlighting spotlight challenges, sponsors and services throughout the month.

Learn more and register to participate in the challenge at

On April 24, participants are invited to come together as a community virtually at 7 p.m. to celebrate the challenges and light a candle to acknowledge those impacted by sexual violence.

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CWC is a campus-based center, located at UMass Amherst and established in 1972, committed to providing education, advocacy, leadership and support services for people of all genders across Hampshire County.  Free and confidential services are available 24/7 to people of all genders in Hampshire County by calling 413-545-0800.

CWC provides: 

  • Free and confidential support to survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking as well as their friends and family members through our 24/7 hotline, crisis counseling, advocacy, referrals and support groups 
  • Free empowerment-based general counseling and support groups on a wide range of topics.  
  • Leadership opportunities and education on topics such as racial, economic and environmental justice; healthy relationships; and consent.

For more information about this event or CWC services, visit, e-mail or call 413-545-0883.

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