Volunteering at Birthline - Alexandra Leintz

For my service project, I volunteered at Birthline here in St. Cloud. Birthline provides individualized care and support to anyone facing a crisis pregnancy. They serve to all women, men and families regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, income, and living situation. My job at Birthline was mainly in the store. The products and supplies are all donations from outside sources. I helped my clients shop for supplies and necessities for their baby and themselves. At the Birthline store the clients are required to attend classes such as counseling, financial planning, and dealing with taking care of themselves and the baby in order to earn points to shop at the Birthline store. I would normally work 2-3 days a week for a 4-5 hour shift during the summer. Each day brought along new clients and new situations which made volunteering here even more rewarding.

I choose to volunteer at Birthline because I really believe in what this organization stands for because, every life matters in every situation that occurs. I felt that I was called to volunteer at Birthline because it is something different than your typical volunteering place. Each day you meet different people or experience things you would normally not experience in your everyday life. One of my favorite experiences while volunteering at Birthline was meeting a client one week and the next time they came into the store their baby had been born. It made me happy that in some small way I had a part in their decision to choose life. What I learned from these experiences volunteering here is that deep down inside everyone is the same. Their stories may be all different, but in the end, they come to one conclusion of doing the right thing and doing what's best for themselves and their baby.

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