"Hi Access! Here are the bus ticket receipts from helping out "Tracy" on Tuesday. I'm glad I was around and able to help. Don't hesitate to call me again... Thanks for all your hard work in providing compassion and understanding for women in need. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to volunteer."
-Abigail, Practical Support Volunteer
Access offers many ways to get involved. The Reproductive Justice in Action Program will enable individuals interested in volunteering with ACCESS through the tracks mentioned belowto learn about reproductive justice issues in California and about the needs and situations of the caller-partners we work with through our Healthline. Members of our RJ In Action Program will become the next generation of reproductive justice leaders as volunteers who provide logistical support to women seeking abortion care, as Healthline patient advocates, as spokespeople, and as long-term activists for reproductive justice.
Currently there are three volunteer tracks:
HealthLine: Volunteers who answer calls to our peer-based hotlines and provide reproductive health information, referrals, advocacy and peer-counseling and help organize transportation and funding assistance for our caller-partners.
Practical Support Network olunteers who help women obtain safe, quality abortion services by providing direct assistance rides, overnight housing, child care, translation, etc. to help women physically make it to their appointments.
Advocacy Activists: Volunteers who will work with the Program and Policy Director to research, organize, rally, and effect actions on timely reproductive and sexual health rights issues.
You must be able to attend our two day training. Our fall training will be held on
October 24th and 25th. Further descriptions of the tracks and expectations are specified in the
application and here.
Bilingual/bicultural folks, Spanish speakers, women of color, mothers, women who have had abortions, LGBTQ women and women of all ages are strongly encouraged to apply. Men are also welcome as volunteers, but will not be placed on the Healthline. All ACCESS volunteers must support every woman's right to make her own reproductive decisions, be comfortable with abortion, and committed to social justice.