My name is Erika Jackson and I have been a volunteer at Exhale for two-and-a-half years. I started as a talkline counselor and I’ve been a moderator in the Online Community since it launched last year. I know how important Exhale is to the women we serve, which is why I just donated $50 to celebrate our 5th Anniversary of expanded service.
I’m writing to invite you join me by making your own contribution to Exhale today. We are just $2,000 away from reaching our $15,000 goal, and I know that with your donation, we will ge there by Tuesday, August 31st! Every donation makes a big difference.
I have the unique opportunity to see and feel that difference as a volunteer. As a moderator in the Online Community, I see this difference every time I receive an email that says: “You have a new member to approve on Exhale Online Community.” It tells me that another woman is going to get exactly what she needs after an abortion: support and respect from other women who share her experience. And, I feel how my work as a volunteer helps make this connection happen.
July was the first anniversary of the launch of the Community and the perfect time to ask our members for their feedback. The results surpassed our wildest dreams! Almost 90% said that they feel less isolated and alone because of the support they received via the Community and half responded that they were now more comfortable talking about their abortion experience with family and friends.
I could keep tell you all of the different ways I think the Community has a positive impact on our members, but in true pro-voice fashion, I’ll let them speak for themselves. Here are just a few member comments:
“I feel at peace with my decision, and this site is greatly to thank for that. I’ve learned the emotions I felt after were normal and I wasn’t going crazy. I’m not shameful anymore and I really do want to help other women who has gone through the same experience. This site helped me incredibly so and has prompted me to want to help others as well.”
“The EOC and Exhale itself have been two of the most powerful tools that I have used to heal from my abortion. Thank you for all of your support and love.”
“When I first signed up to EOC, I didn’t have high expectations, and frankly thought that maybe people would provide “canned” supportive messages that were well-meaning, but basically the same thing that they would say to anyone else. But the people on this board seem to truly care and have unique insight. The comments helped me view my experience and feelings in different ways and provided me much needed perspective on things.”
You and I make this community possible. As volunteers and donors, every contribution we make to Exhale sends a message to every woman who has an abortion: there is a growing pro-voice movement of people who support and respect YOU. Grow and strengthen this message by making a donation to Exhale today.
I thank you, in advance, for your donation.