Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a DC Abortion Fund case manager? These dedicated volunteers work with our patients to make sure they get the abortion care they need. One case manager, Sarah B.S., shared some of her experiences working the help line and getting to know other volunteers.
Recently, the DC Abortion Fund hosted a happy hour on a Friday evening. Case manager after case manager walked in, introduced themselves and soon after you heard, “Oh you’re [insert name of case manager], thank you so much for that time you helped me!” We’re already a community but it tends to be more of a virtual community. It is not that often that we get to meet in person and actually come together to see the collective hard work and dedication we put into making choice a reality for more women regardless of economic ability.
A week or so after the happy hour came a DCAF in-service training, where we shared experiences using our case management data system, both the bad and the good. We also got to hear from our liaison at the National Abortion Federation (NAF), which is a much larger professional fund that collaborates with us and our patients. Personally, this was a wonderful way for me to further understand the resource that is NAF. When I became a case manager I jumped right in, sometimes not knowing exactly how to handle every case; that is the beauty and the challenge of an all-volunteer group. Along the way, I learned things piecemeal but hearing about how to interact with NAF in a way that benefits all of us best was truly helpful for my work and created a further foundation for my case management skills.
At the in-service we discussed the world that is Maryland Medicaid, reviewed how to collaborate with other regional abortion funds like ours, and weighed in on future DCAF logistics and events. I’ve been a volunteer with DCAF for almost two years, and this is the first time I’ve been able to attend an in-service. I look forward to growing with this community. Women are not simply women; intersecting identities, whether it be class, race, familial situation, impact one’s ability to access the reproductive health care they need. DCAF is one way that choice is made reality for more women.
By volunteer Sarah B.S., photo by volunteer Rachel L.
Looking for a way to get involved with DCAF? Want to meet and hang out with other pro-choice advocates? You are invited to join DCAF for these upcoming events!
Join us for a screening of Vessel, a compelling documentary about Women on Waves, a reproductive rights group that sails internationally to provide abortion services aboard a ship to women living in countries with anti-abortion laws. The event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Angelika Theater, located one block from Union Market and accessible by Metro at NoMa/Gallaudet station. Begin the night by meeting the DCAF board and fellow pro-choice supporters in the Angelika lounge area at 6:30 p.m., followed by the screening at 7:15 p.m. Visit this link to buy your $15 ticket ahead of time. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $20 suggested cash donation. We hope you will join us for this fun and informative event!
DCAF will also be at the Women’s Information Network’s Young Women of Achievement Awards on Thursday, Feb. 26. WIN holds these awards annually in order to celebrate young women leaders who are making a difference in the community. The night will consist of a networking reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. It will be located at the Carnegie Institution for Science and tickets can be purchased for $30 here. Come out to celebrate the great achievements that have been made and to meet other pro-choice ladies!
Last but certainly not least, join us for an afternoon of fun and fundraising at DCAF’s annual Billiards-a-Thon! This is DCAF’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and this year, the stakes are high. Our goal of $55,000 is our highest ever, so we need your help! Your donations will help make it possible to finance abortion services for more patients in the DC area. By giving back to DCAF, you will help remove barriers to reproductive choice for our patients! The fun will take place on Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. Register here!
Create a team, join a team, or go solo! Set a fundraising goal to be reached by the event date and start telling everyone you know about DCAF and your commitment to helping people in the DC area have access to safe abortion services without financial barriers. After a few weeks of fundraising, enjoy an afternoon of billiards, food, drinks and mingling. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by volunteer Victoria D, graphic by volunteer Kate C with image from vesselthefilm.com.
Dust off your balls – it’s time for DCAF’s annual Billiards-a-Thon! It’s time to get the ball rolling with our biggest fundraiser of the year, which covers more than a quarter of our annual budget. Our goal this year – $55,000 – is our highest ever, but we know we can rack up these funds with your help! All proceeds will go directly to patients seeking abortion care in the DC area.
This year’s event gets rolling from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Once you’re ready to roll, rally your ballsiest friends and point your cues here to sign up and pay your registration fee. Then tell your friends, family, and other pro-choice champions about DCAF’s work to help provide people in the DC area with access to safe and legal abortion services! Spend a few weeks fundraising, hit (or pass!) your goals, then come knock some balls around for an afternoon of billiards tournaments, food and drinks, and lots of pro-choice fun.
Email any questions or concerns to email@example.com – we hope to see all of you ball-busters there!
Written by volunteer Bethany O, collage by volunteer Emma C.