When people ask what it is like as a volunteer for Planned Parenthood, I often reply, “It’s like trying to jump onto a moving train”. The organization is so big and has such powerful forward momentum. It has a lot of moving parts, and there’s no stopping it.
This was made clear when I went to the Power of Pink event in Pittsburgh in May. This was the biggest volunteer event in Planned Parenthood history, and the timing could not have been better. A friend and former employee of Planned Parenthood had told me that if I ever got the opportunity to go to any Planned Parenthood conventions or conferences, to go for it. So I did. Wow, was that good advice. I have never felt such a connection to total strangers in my life. All the volunteers and employees there felt a strong bond to one another; they were all fighting for the common goal of protecting reproductive rights. It was fantastic to be surrounded by loyal supporters to Planned Parenthood, an organization that has done so much for women in the last one hundred years.
Who are Planned Parenthood supporters? Anyone. Anyone who feels that reproductive rights in this country are worth protecting can be an advocate. My journey to become an advocate was a little intimidating. I’m a little on the introverted side, and as scary as it seemed for me to start as a volunteer, I knew that this was an organization I was meant to get behind. The fraudulent videos released last year made me really angry. I felt like there had to be something I could do to channel the anger I felt and turn it into real change. But what in the world could I do to help? The truth is, I’m still figuring it out, and that’s okay.
I have been helping the Planned Parenthood Action Fund get candidates in office who support women’s health care. Pro-women’s health candidates are going to win this election because supporters like you and me work hard between now and November. If you don’t have time to become a volunteer, tell your Planned Parenthood story. I learned while at the Power of Pink that it’s one of the most important tools you have for advocating for this amazing organization.
What motivates you to stand with Planned Parenthood? Did you go there when you had nowhere to turn for sex education? Did you send your daughter there when you were too uncomfortable to talk to her about her body? Did you get an abortion, or go there when you needed birth control? Whatever motivates you to support Planned Parenthood, share your story and volunteer.
My Planned Parenthood story is just beginning. Is yours?
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