Volunteering

Gabriela Vasquez at the phone

We can always use new volunteers! Volunteers are needed for:

  • Client interaction and providing pregnancy tests
  • Enhancing Birthright newsletter (layout, graphics, content, articles)
  • Newsletter and brochure distribution
  • Updating the website
  • Creating and updating contact database
  • Speaking at schools, parishes, and community organizations about Birthright
  • Helping with Red Rose Day
  • Fundraising event assistance
  • Coordinating a diaper or clothing drive
  • Organizing infant clothing room

We have the best group of volunteers that share your commitment to help pregnant moms and babies.

Volunteers attend two three-hour sessions in the Birthright office. The hours for volunteering are flexible and there is free parking. We have volunteers of all ages from students to retired and in between! Volunteer training is held in February and October. Registration is necessary. However, for other times in the year, special arrangements can be made by calling the director for individual training. Call 412-621-1988 or email hope@birthrightpittsburgh.org for more information.

Current Birthright Volunteers

Stephanie Lang

Stephanie Lang, board secretary

I became familiar with Birthright of Pittsburgh in 2011. A student at the University of Pittsburgh at the time, I attended a Walk-A-Thon organized by Birthright to show my support for the pro-life group. Admittedly, though, I was also there to fulfill service requirements for an organization I had just joined on Pitt’s campus – I did not have the intention of volunteering with Birthright past the day of the Walk-A-Thon. However, once I heard about Birthright’s mission and work and learned of a need for a new secretary on their board, I realized that I could do more than simply say I was pro-life. I have been serving as our secretary ever since.

Always interested in languages and fascinated by the derivation and meaning of different words, I loved studying Latin and ancient Greek and earned a bachelor’s degree in Classics from Pitt in 2014. Despite the seemingly impractical knowledge of these old, “dead” languages, I rather enjoy knowing, for instance, that the word “pregnant” comes from the Latin word “prae” (meaning “before”) and a form of the word “gnasci” (meaning “to be born”).  While there is a Latin word “praegnas” that means pregnant, I have read many Latin texts that use the word “gravis” instead. In one sense, this word carries the poetic imagery of being “swollen” or “heavy” with child. However, I always found it interesting that the meaning of “gravis” could also mean “burdensome,” “grave,” or “oppressed.” Linguistically, several other languages (some Slavic languages, for example) have words for “pregnant” that carry similar meanings. Many of us may find this vocabulary archaic and/or irrelevant because we see bringing a new baby into the world as a beautiful miracle of life. Fortunately, medical advances have made pregnancies much less grave than they were in the past. On the other hand, though, I think it’s important to remember that there are many young women for whom a pregnancy is still very much a challenging time of uncertainty.

It‘s nearly impossible to imagine what many Birthright clients face when they become pregnant, but I am proud that our organization acknowledges and listens to the difficulties of those who come to us. We strive to do all we can to show clients alternatives to abortion and provide them with resources to lighten their needs – financial, emotional, or anything in between. Volunteering with Birthright ultimately appealed to me because of our unfailing commitment to both a mother and her baby. I hope that each woman who comes to Birthright finds strength and courage to deliver her baby and that our efforts at Birthright lessen her worries.

Grace Cooper

Grace Cooper, volunteer

Before college, I never attended many pro-life events. Although I knew where I stood on the issue, there never seemed to be an appropriate outlet to serve in the way that I wanted. When I first came to the University of Pittsburgh two years ago, I learned about Birthright through the pro-life club on campus, and very soon became interested in volunteering. I loved Birthright’s mission because it placed importance not only on the child but the mother as well. All too often I’ve found, when in discussion with pro-choice people, that general opinion says you need to choose: is it the mother or the baby? Birthright is one of the only organizations I’ve encountered where the motto “We love them both” could not be truer.

When looking for a pro-life organization to work with, I knew I wanted to have the ability to give to people who needed my help. Every girl or woman who calls Birthright needs help, whether it’s advice or a package of diapers, they seek us out. Being able to comfort someone I don’t know, or may never meet, is a different experience than any other I will ever know.

I won’t say that volunteering at Birthright is always easy, because it’s not. As a twenty-year-old college student who’s never been pregnant, it’s hard for me to try to understand the feelings of someone who finds herself in that situation. Additionally, a lot of the clients who come to Birthright are older than me, so it’s easy to become nervous or self-conscious when talking to them. Ultimately, I have to remind myself that the woman is calling because she needs me and I am answering because I want to help her.

As a Birthright volunteer, I know I’m always making a difference, whether it’s the little things like putting together a layette or the big things like comforting a woman who is distressed. At Birthright we don’t often see the fruits of our labor. While a pregnancy only lasts nine months, there is no telling the impact that Birthright can have on one woman and her child’s life. Whenever a new mother brings her baby to the office, I am reminded of what amazing work Birthright does as I look into her child’s smiling eyes. I am happy to have helped this woman and her baby and I am proud to be a Birthright volunteer.

We love them both