My name is Gina Lawrence and I have volunteered with the West Fund for almost half a year. I got involved because I believe that reproductive justice is so much more than abortions--it’s about choice, autonomy, and intersectional feminism. I love working on the web and graphic design, so I have been able to practice my skills and interests AND help West Fund be even better. For the Bowl-a-Thon, my team, The Rhetorical Choice, raised $715 -- more than any other team -- and we’re all young, dedicated, and persistent. No special skills required!
Here in El Paso, West Fund serves the community that we represent, with our patients coming from a variety of backgrounds. Of our callers 76% identify as Latin@, 14% white, and 9.5% Black. Some callers have been homeless or living in transitional living situations, 30% have been students, 53.8% have been unemployed, and 3.7% were making part time or minimum wage. The border is a unique place to be doing this work, and the West Fund has been able to help dozens of folks who need us, even in the short 6 months since we started funding. We’re 100% volunteer-run and every dollar we raise goes directly to helping people access abortion.
Check out this sweet infographic that breaks down who we help:
If you think you missed your chance to help us make access a reality, don’t worry. We are always taking donations here, and you should definitely consider becoming a recurring donor by donating just a few dollars each month.