Are you tired of all the anti-choice legislation that has been passed in the Arizona legislature? Then do something about it! Planned Parenthood’s Community Action Team is in need of pro-choice advocates to help defend reproductive rights in Arizona. We’ve got two volunteer orientation dates coming up in the next few weeks.
When: Tuesday, August 31, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: PHOENIX: Planned Parenthood Admin Office
When: Tuesday, September 7, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: TUCSON: Planned Parenthood Admin Office
To attend either of these new volunteer orientations, please contact Emily, Planned Parenthood Arizona’s Advocacy Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering for Planned Parenthood Arizona is a great opportunity to raise your pro-choice voice, and meet a few fabulous friends along the way. I started volunteering for PPAZ in 2009, first as a clinic escort in Phoenix, and then as a member of the Community Action Team in Tucson. Blogging is just one way I am using my pro-choice voice. I also do regular data entry shifts and help with phone banking, where we call Planned Parenthood supporters to educate them about pro-choice issues. I would volunteer for PPAZ even if Emily, our volunteer supervisor, didn’t feed us or play rockin’ dance tunes during our shifts, but it certainly helps.
I’m not the only one who feels this way. Diana is a regular phone banking volunteer, whom we call the Ghost Whisperer. “I call dead people,” jokes Diana. “At least once during every phone bank, I call to share our message, only to be informed this individual has gone on to their greater glory.” Diana once called three deceased individuals in a single phone banking shift. Some things, you just have to take in stride.
Despite the lively atmosphere at our volunteer events, most Community Action Team members take their role at Planned Parenthood very seriously. Becki is a pharmacist. She explains that she is passionate about reproductive rights because “women take it for granted that their prescriptions for birth control will always be available. If they knew how their personal choices were being chipped away by our government, maybe they would be more pro-active and join our team.”
If phone banking isn’t your thing, maybe you’d like to join us for a neighborhood canvas. Malinda is one of our seasoned pros when it comes to knocking on doors. Malinda says, “I look forward to canvassing because I get to meet and talk with many different types of people. It’s also gratifying because very often people will thank me for bringing attention to reproductive health information and issues, and others will tell me their own experiences with Planned Parenthood and how much they appreciate the services Planned Parenthood offers. As a bonus, we always canvass in pairs so I have a great opportunity to get to know and talk with other volunteers about subjects for which we have a passion.”
So sign up for PPAZ’s Community Action Team. There’s something for everyone, and you’re bound to meet cool people and have a good time. Contact Emily for more information about how you can raise your pro-choice voice.