This week is National Volunteer Week and I am thrilled to spend the week celebrating the amazing women who serve as volunteers on the Exhale after-abortion talkline. Because of them, women and men can find comfort and support after an abortion. Here are some words of support and celebration from others for Exhale volunteers:
“Thank you so very much for providing this necessary resource. What you do is amazing and I hope you’re able to continue this service as long as it’s needed. When most of the other post-abortion resources are religiously affiliated it’s good to know that there is a place where women are encouraged to speak freely in order to help themselves without the fear of religious judgment. It’s impossible to explain how thankful I am that I found your website; that one call helped me through the most difficult time in my life.”
“To me, the volunteers are amazing in so many respects. One thing about our volunteers that I appreciate more and more every day is how they take time out of their busy days, put aside all the other obligations, responsibilities, distractions, and enticements and dedicate themselves to really *being* there for our callers. It takes a surprising amount of dedication to do this, especially with the way technology can keep us connected all the time. So please thank them for me for their commitment not only to Exhale but to the callers to whom they give such high quality attention and support!”
“Several months ago, a good friend of mine was distraught over her recent abortion. I cannot tell you the peace and appreciation I felt for being able to refer her to Exhale. I have the privilege of knowing that Exhale’s volunteers are the crème de la crème. Knowing that all judgment would be set aside to honor my friend’s unique abortion experience in her moment was something I felt tremendously thankful for. Most importantly I know my friend left her call heard and respected, and in that moment, that gift that a volunteer gave her was immeasurable. Thank you, volunteers!”
“You’ve got an amazing group of women. If Exhale ever gets tired of doing post-abortion work, you could reconfigure your organization and become TalentFinders, and do headhunting. Or hearthunting–those women have such good hearts.”
“I just wanted to say that I really appreciate the service that you provide. I have worked for two different reproductive health clinics and at both locations referred people to your hotline and website… I really identify with your Pro-Voice message and the emphasis on empathy. It is truly a wonderful, non-combative way of creating dialogue around an issue that is still so taboo in our society.”
Please join me and celebrate Exhale volunteers by offering your words of support and appreciation!