"Learning about the extent of sex trafficking of children here in the Portland area really blew my mind. When I moved here four years ago, I had no idea that anything like this was going on in this community, let alone that we were known as a "hub". And to be honest, the information haunted me. Once you know this is happening to OUR neighborhood kids, it is really difficult to ignore the situation. I felt compelled to help in some way and reached out to some of my friends. Giving Connection was born out of our desire to educate the community and get more people involved in supporting the providers and the agencies that work with them."