Each year of talkline service Exhale has completed a talkline call report detailing the use of our cornerstone program. Now that Exhale has a private online community, we expanded our reporting and now include information about the use of all of our direct services in an annual Services Report. (more…)
Archive for June, 2010
Volunteers share their reflections on the 5th Anniversary of Exhale’s expansion:
Jennifer Rudy, Board President:
As the board president of Exhale I am honored to be part of an organization that has grown its program to create a social climate where each person’s unique experience with abortion is supported, respected and free of stigma. Five years ago, I remember the clarity we felt in the demand for expanding our talkline. I recall the board and staff’s excitement that our volunteers were now going to meet the post-abortion needs of women and men from all over the country. Today, I feel joyful about all the benchmarks Exhale has reached since its national expansion, including:
- Our talkline call volume grew 835% and we received more than 23,000 calls.
- We responded to our caller’s needs by launching a first-of-its-kind private online community space for our callers to connect with one another.
- Our volunteer program has trained 104 women and men to serve as counselors on our talkline and as moderators for the online community; 35% of our volunteers are bilingual and the majority (55%) are people of color.
- Earned an award for “Excellence in Nonprofit Volunteer Management” from the Bay Area’s Volunteer Center.
I am proud to have served as Board President of Exhale over the last five-years. Five-years from now I imagine an organization that will have grown its programs in the conscious way it always does to promote the wellbeing of thousands post-abortion each year. I envision a deep and powerful online network where our callers are connecting and sharing their personal experiences. I foresee more opportunities for our organization to share what we’ve learned from years of listening. (more…)