Nat Okey, Exhale Volunteer:
“I just read about a new study which shows that:
people who volunteer donate ten times more money than those who do not give their time. Furthermore, two thirds of those who give their money donate to the same organization they volunteer for.
This research finding is no surprise to me and my volunteer cohorts at Exhale. Many of us give our time and our money to support the Pro-Voice Cause.
I volunteer with Exhale as a talkline counselor and as an intern in the office. My extensive involvement with Exhale as a volunteer made making a financial donation an easy decision because I have great confidence as to where the money goes, how it’s used, and why it is needed.
My work in the Exhale office shows me where donations go and as importantly to me, where they don’t go. Other than the obvious use of donations for staff salaries and office rent, putting together orders from clinics for Exhale talkline brochures effectively quantified the need for me to make a personal donation. My $25 would pay for hundreds of brochures that a clinic will hand out to abortion patients, some of whom will call the Exhale line. If the clinics don’t have our brochures to hand out, then fewer people who need Exhale’s service will be able to utilize it. If I wasn’t unemployed, I would have made a larger donation.
What volunteering in the office also did for me was to assure me that my donation would be used wisely. Seeing in person how hard the staff works along with how frugal they are with resources, (we print on both sides of the paper here and the office fridge looks like it’s from Aspen’s first dorm room), I knew my money would go to essential operations.”