Volunteer Appreciation – We Can’t Do This Work Without You!
April is recognized as National Volunteer Appreciation Month, and next week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. These celebrations began when President George H.W. Bush formed the Points of Light campaign and foundation. True Care knows the importance of volunteers, and though we aren’t seeing them at the center right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize the value of their service and their vital role in carrying out our organization’s mission. And, we miss them!
How Do Volunteers Serve at True Care?
Do you remember the story of the young woman who came into our center last year planning to abort and was carrying twins? She was farther along than she thought. Because of that and the ultrasound showing twins, she decided to continue the pregnancy. She enrolled in our Baby & Me program and was educated by one of our long-term volunteers, a woman named Jeanne. Jeanne has volunteered at True Care since 2008. Her primary role now is as a Baby & Me advocate, educating first-time moms, and women who haven’t had children in many years through our Baby & Me Too program. She often develops a significant connection with these patients. In fact, she was present in the hospital when the twins were born!
Jeanne also served for several years as a test patient advocate. We currently have two volunteers serving in that role (plus one staff member). These ladies minister to women who first come into our center, many often scared and feeling alone. Our advocates listen to these women and introduce them to Christ as well as inform them of community resources available for women facing unplanned pregnancies.
Our three follow-up specialists make phone calls once or twice a week, contacting patients who have been to True Care for their pregnancy test and ultrasound. These volunteers ask how the patient is doing, finding out if she’s had a significant change in her life (such as losing a job or her boyfriend abandoning her) and if so, what resources she might now need. We also often learn the outcome of a woman’s pregnancy through follow-up. These volunteers maintain that “life-line” with our patients and they remind the women they call that True Care is available for them still, in the form of our Resource Program, our Baby & Me Program, or additional referrals we can provide.
Volunteers are Vital to Our Ministry
We see about 300 patients every year, therefore, volunteers are vital to this ministry. Whether a person volunteers to directly meet with patients or works behind the scenes, folding newsletters and assisting with events, or if you pray for our ministry at home, each person’s special gifts bestowed by God are necessary for our work. We appreciate each and every volunteer, current and past, who has given of their time at – and heart for – True Care.
We want to take this time to say a sincere THANK YOU! to our volunteers, supporters, and donors. You help us in this battle for life, and we are truly grateful.
Consider Giving Your Time
If you’d like to consider volunteering at True Care once this international health crisis is over, please pray about that decision and if you find the Lord leading you to serve with us, contact our Patient Resources Director Gayle Irwin. She can be reached by email at email@example.com. She will snail-mail or email you a Volunteer Opportunities brochure and a Volunteer Application packet.
We look forward to seeing our wonderful volunteers in person again! In the meantime, HAPPY NATIONAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH! We truly do appreciate you and thank God for each of you!!