We at WACDTF would like to thank you all for the generous outpouring of support through the past several months. We are comforted by the fact that so many of you are committed to protecting the reproductive rights and choice of women. And that so many of you want to do something to make a positive impact on our world.
The number of RSVPs we received for our DC area trainings earlier in the year have been unprecedented. Many of you have expressed that it’s your obligation to step up — that you are not going to stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. Thank you for helping us know that we’re all part of a helpful community. However, at this moment we don’t have a need for new clinic escorts, and thus do not have any upcoming trainings scheduled. You can visit our “What Can I Do Now?” blog entry for an explanation as to why more volunteers doesn’t necessarily help us out when we’re at full capacity.
As mentioned in our blog post, there are many more ways you can help: We encourage those interested in volunteering to contact other organizations working on abortion access, such as the DC Abortion Fund (DCAF). DCAF makes grants available to those who are pregnant in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as those traveling to the area, who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion. DCAF needs case managers to work directly with patients, as well as volunteers who are interested in helping with event planning, development, writing, advocacy, and other projects.
There are also many opportunities to support pro-choice organizations with funding, such as Planned Parenthood, DCAF, NARAL and others.
And, as always, we’ll be sure to announce any future trainings we will schedule. Since we do have a large, current, active volunteer base and a limited number of volunteer escort slots, it may be some time before we have the need for more volunteers. The best way to find out about this — as well as other related news — is to subscribe to our email newsletter by clicking this link. We will also make announcements on social media: On Twitter and Facebook. This is the best way for us to alert you to any new training opportunities.
The WACDTF Team
WACDTF truly appreciates and values all those who are interested in volunteering as clinic escorts.
Escorts are generally needed each Saturday, rain or shine, between 7-11am, depending on the clinic. We also need escorts on occasional weekdays at certain locations.
You may want to attend a training if you:
- want to be a clinic escort and have never been trained
- want to find out what clinic escorting is like before you decide to start
- have received only a mini-training at clinic; or
- were trained by an organization other than WACDTF.
- Current escorts are welcome to participate in trainings for a refresher or to offer their experience.
Upcoming Escort Trainings:
We do not currently have an upcoming training scheduled. Please check back here for further updates on future trainings.
We will also announce on Twitter (@wacdtf), our Facebook Page, and through our monthly WACDTF-NEWS e-newsletter.
Questions? Feel free to contact us. Remember: the best way to be notified about new trainings is to follow us on social media and/or sign up for our email newsletter.