The Pregnancy Network is volunteer-led, and staff-supported. While staff facilitate the organization, volunteers ultimately carry out the mission.
Allison Herrington, our Volunteer Coordinator, joins us on the latest podcast to talk about all of the different volunteer opportunities here at The Pregnancy Network. She shares the mission and vision behind volunteering with The Pregnancy Network.
On the podcast, Allison shares what it means to be volunteer-led and staff-supported: “Our peer advocates, class facilitators, and admin volunteers actually do the ministry that we offer to women…To use a sports analogy, let’s just say that the role of the staff is similar to that of coaches on a football team, with the volunteers executing as the players and assistants.” Allison explained that while the coaches prepare the players and are ultimately responsible for the team’s success, the players carry out the mission. Assistants prep the field, and support the team with water, towels, and supplies.
In this episode, Allison shares how three volunteer groups — organizational and administrative, health and client services, and development — work together to empower women facing unplanned pregnancies.
Organizational and Administrative Teams
Our organizational and administrative volunteer teams ensure our space is welcoming, clean and organized. Allison said these teams “underpin a lot of the things we are able to execute.” Continuing the sports team analogy, she noted “they are really the people that are preparing the field and bringing the water and supporting, because it allows us to continue to serve clients and women in such a difficult season of their life… to remove those barriers when they get to our offices.” This group of volunteer teams also includes the Encouragement team, Hospitality team, and Prayer Team.
Health and Client Services
The next group of volunteer teams directly support women we serve; this group includes peer advocates, class facilitators, sidewalk advocates and mentors. Allison shared that the Peer Advocate volunteer team is “ideal for someone who is empathetic and a good listener but can also have hard emotional conversations.” She noted that extensive training goes into preparation for this position. Volunteers who serve as a class facilitators equip and encourage women attending our Pregnancy 101, Parenting 101 and Abortion Recovery classes. The Sidewalk Advocate team has a prayerful, peaceful presence outside of the abortion facility, and offers resources and information to women considering abortions. Lastly, the Connect Mentorship program pairs women with a trained mentor. Allison noted this program “is as unique as all of the women as we serve,” and gives volunteers the opportunity to be a support system and walk alongside women facing unplanned pregnancies.
Allison shared that Development Teams foster partnerships with local churches and local organizations. This includes our Church Engagement Team, Fundraising Teams and Event Planning Teams. These volunteers not only have an important role during major events, such as the Walk for Life, but also facilitate planning baby showers and gathering resources.
Listen to the episode here to find out more about the unique ways you can serve.
When you serve as a volunteer with The Pregnancy Network, you become a part of something bigger than yourself. No matter where you serve, every person makes an impact on the life of another. You have a vital role to play in this mission.
Ready to step off the sidelines?
Next Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
Step 1: Attend a First Look
Come and see who we are as an organization, how we empower women to face their unplanned pregnancies, and how you can get involved.
Step 2: Complete an Application
Share about who you are, where you’ve been, and how you’d like to get involved.
Step 3: Meet One-on-one with TPN’s Volunteer Coordinator
Let us get to know you and find the perfect fit for you. Our Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to schedule a time to meet.
Step 4: Come to An Orientation
Meet with your Team Leader at The Pregnancy Network. You’ll be trained and equipped to get started in your new role.
Sign up for a First Look Today
Click here to sign up for First Look to learn more about the ways you can use your gifts and talents to make an impact in your city. Monday, April 26 TPN will host a First Look virtually via Zoom Video Call at 12:00 PM. You can also attend a First Look on Monday, May 3rd at 5:30 PM at our Greensboro location, or Monday, May 17 at 5:30 PM at our Winston-Salem location. We’d love to see you there!