One major way to support pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) is to make sure your community knows where they are and what services they offer. Contact the PRC and tell them you'd like to help them advertise by placing a newspaper ad. Find out whether it would be easier for you to give them a donation … Continue reading #50. Post ads in newspapers for local pregnancy resource centers.
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.
A CASA or GAL is a person appointed by a court to represent a child's best interest in cases of abuse or neglect. People of all kinds of backgrounds volunteer as CASAs and GALs. There's no prior special training required (you receive training as part of the onboarding process). The most effective CASA or GAL … Continue reading #45. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or guardian at litem (GAL) for foster children.
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.
Even if you aren't prepared to personally counsel women heading for the clinic, you can support sidewalk counselors with your physical presence. They often spend long hours on the sidewalk with periods of no interaction, so you can provide company. If there is only one counselor, he or she may not want to leave the … Continue reading #37. Stand with sidewalk counselors–literally.
Many foster parents care for both biological children and foster children. Foster children may have time-consuming and complicated appointment schedules (e.g. therapy sessions, doctor's appointments, visitation dates, caseworker check ups). You can give the parents a bit of breathing room by offering to watch the other kids while they take their foster children through these … Continue reading #34. Babysit siblings so parents can take foster children to appointments.
Women seeking abortion are entitled to informed consent, which should include information about the development of their embryo or fetus. Research has found that when women seeking abortion are offered the option to view their ultrasounds, over 40% choose to do so. The same research finds that, as a result of viewing the ultrasound, some … Continue reading #33. Advocate for informed consent laws regarding ultrasound viewing.
When in pregnancy does the heart begin to beat? When do fingerprints form? When can the baby experience sound, taste, or pain? Many people don't realize how early in pregnancy major development occurs, and misperception on this front influences their views of abortion. You need only a few facts to be better prepared for conversations … Continue reading #32. Learn the details of fetal development.
If you have experience with disability (especially if you have a disability, but also if you are the parent, sibling, partner, or caregiver of a person with a disability), your voice is important. People who have never directly or even indirectly experienced disability may have simplistic--and often overly negative--ideas about what the lives of disabled … Continue reading #31. Talk about your experiences with disability in online support groups.
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.