The most frequent requests for abortion support our organizations receive are for transportation and lodging. Lack of access to safe and reliable transportation to and from abortion-related appointments and to a place to stay if traveling for the procedure is a huge barrier to many people accessing abortion services.
This is an application for those interested in being transportation and/or homestay volunteers for folks attending abortion-related appointments in the Portland area. Previous experience with abortion or abortion support is not necessary to become a volunteer. We especially encourage POC, trans/queer, bilingual, immigrant, and disabled folks to apply.
Practical support volunteers are asked to make a commitment to be on-call for a specified shift each month to respond to requests for rides to and from abortion appointments and/or provide lodging. Volunteers must complete the form below, attend the training on August 3rd, complete a background check*, and have a "ride-along" and/or "homestay assessment" with a CASC or NWAAF member.
Access to a reliable vehicle, valid driver's license, and current auto insurance is required for volunteers providing rides.
A private bedroom, apartment, or mother-in-law unit is required for homestay volunteers. The space must be quiet, safe, and contain a comfortable bed and access to a nearby bathroom. We are looking for hosts who reside within a 15-minute drive from Downtown Portland. Hosts with homes in NW, NE, and SE Portland are especially desired.
Our next practical support training will be held August 3rd, 10am-3pm, location TBD in Portland. We will cap this training at 30 people, and applications are due July 12th.
We look forward to meeting you! Please contact us at email@example.com with further questions or for more information.
* Due to issues of liability, we are required to run background checks on all applicants. This makes partnering with abortion providers possible. For this reason, we require the name that shows up on your credit history/legal documents. We understand that this process does not always adequately reflect or support our lived experiences.