When it comes to volunteering, the hardest part will be picking where and how you spend your time. Let's start with the big players. First is Planned Parenthood, which has 650 health centers around the country, and an Action Fund that defends reproductive rights. Basically, they're doing all the good, all the time.
NNAF is the National Network of Abortion Funds, meaning they help women around the country who need an abortion but can't afford one. NARAL Pro-Choice is one of the most powerful advocacy groups in the US. NOW is the country's largest feminist organization.
You'll go to a lot of these websites, click on something that says "act," only to be brought to a page with a big button that reads "donate." Don't take this to mean that they don't want your time or your talent, it's just that donating is how a lot of people choose to engage. You'll probably also see online campaigns and petitions highlighted. But there's more to do than participate in a tweetstorm.
You could, for example, become a clinic escort. You do a brief training and then get to wear a neon vest and escort women past screaming anti-choice protesters with gruesome signs. Offering a kind word and comfort to a woman about to have a procedure that's easier if she's relaxed is huge. If you're interested, it's much easier to become a clinic escort with NOW than with Planned Parenthood, so try them first.
If you're someone who loves to talk but hates to get out of bed, you could get trained for post-abortion counseling. Exhale does trainings in San Francisco. Backline does them twice a year in Bloomington, Indiana.
Also, destigmatizing abortion is incredibly important. The National Abortion Federation collects narratives on their site, from both individuals who've had abortions and those who simply identify as pro-choice. Write and talk and generally spread the word about why you think it's so important for women to maintain control over their reproductive health. When you see amazing organizations like Planned Parenthood getting smeared, jump in the conversation and share what they've done for you.
A lot of pro-choice organizations will ask you to become a member, aka support them with an annual or monthly donation. But shoot them an email and let them know what else you can offer. For example, I noticed your social media accounts haven ' t been active since 2013, can I help with that? or Are you planning to participate in any protests soon? I can draw really well and I ' d be happy to come in and make a bunch of signs. This works particularly well with smaller, local organizations.
Abortion Care Network has a running list of independent abortion providers. If there's one in your area, reach out directly to see if they need volunteer child care, escorts, or help with fund-raising. When you're looking for somewhere to volunteer, watch out for crisis pregnancy centers. These "mimic clinics" masquerade as real health centers, but instead of providing women with options they try to force them to carry a pregnancy to term. Gross.