First, consider which organizations or people you would like to donate to. Contact them in advance to find out what kind of donations they accept and whether there are particular items they need. Then let the search commence. Thrift shopping is like treasure hunting; many of the shop's wares will be of no use to … Continue reading #48. Go thrift shopping.
And Then There Were None (ATTWN) is an organization devoted to helping abortion clinic staff leave the industry. ATTWN helps with resume writing and limited transitional income. The organization offers scholarships for pursuing certifications or advanced degrees in the medical field. It can also connect former clinic workers with Christian pastors or licensed therapists to … Continue reading #38. Help abortion clinic workers learn about And Then There Were None.
Please note this entry is written with Christian readers in mind, but we hope the ideas are also useful to Jews, Muslims, and anyone else who regularly participates in a religious community. Surveys suggest approximately 4 in 10 women who get abortions were attending church regularly at the time they aborted. While many churches work … Continue reading #30. Support women with unintended pregnancies in your church.
Sidewalk counselors often have only a few moments to talk to people going in and out of the clinic, so it's helpful for them to have print outs for people to take and look over in their own time. These handouts may have information about local resources, post-abortion counseling, fetal development, or abortion procedures. Some … Continue reading #28. Get sidewalk counselors literature to hand out.
Title IX is a law that prevents any school which receives federal money from discriminating against students on the basis of sex, including on the basis of pregnancy or parenting status. Schools that receive federal money are required to allow pregnant students to continue participating in classes and extra curricular activities; choose whether to participate … Continue reading #25. Work with local high schools to support pregnant and parenting students.
Representation matters, and one way to help adopted and foster children and their families feel seen, heard, and supported is to give them books that reflect their circumstances. If you are friends with adoptive and foster families, ask them if you can gift their children some of these books. If you don't personally know adoptive … Continue reading #24. Give adoptive and foster families books with adoption and foster themes.
Connect with local child welfare agencies or specific child welfare workers and find out what supplies the children they work with need most often. You may be able to help with toys for visitation rooms; socks and underwear for children with too few clothes; blankets, quilts, and stuffed animals for children as they enter care; … Continue reading #14. Donate supplies to child welfare agencies.
Sidewalk counselors are people who wait peacefully outside abortion clinics to offer resources and compassion to women seeking abortion. This work can be emotionally and physically exhausting, and counselors appreciate tangible and emotional support. Find out when they're outside your local clinics, and show up with some small coffees for them or, depending on the … Continue reading #12. Buy sidewalk counselors a coffee.
If there are pro-life activists you find particularly informative or compelling, donate to help get them in front of more or larger audiences. The donations could take the form of: Helping a speaker go to different physical locations (donating for airline, train, or bus tickets, hotels, gas station gift cards; volunteering to host a speaker … Continue reading #9. Sponsor a pro-life speaker.
Pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes often accept gently used children's books and toys, newborn and infant clothing, maternity clothes, and other items. Look up the organizations nearest you (just Google your city and "pregnancy resource center" or "maternity home") and call them first to find out what items they accept and how they'd like … Continue reading #4. Clean out your closets (and your kids’ closets).