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Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 16 to April 22. Though we express our immense gratitude for our  volunteers all year long, this is a time for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest staff to make our volunteers feel extra special. Volunteers allow us to do so much more than we could ever do on our own. They are the heart of Planned Parenthood and inspire us to keep pushing forward. Here are some messages from staff to our volunteers:

“ ‘Thank you’ never feels like enough when trying to convey the appreciation we feel for the energy that volunteers so generously contribute to the organization. Our department volunteers have been instrumental in ensuring we are able to provide the very best donor experience to our many supporters. We are forever grateful for their work in helping to uplift our mission!” -Lauren D. 

“We are so appreciative of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you for giving your time and talent to Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, and to the communities we serve.” -Vernita G.

“Thank you for being here with us! It’s been a tough few years for reproductive rights and we appreciate y’all coming together to help advocate for the rights of our patients and community members.” -Judith V.

“THANK YOU! Planned Parenthood Volunteers are a force for good!” -Karen B.

“Thank you so much for the support you provide Planned Parenthood! I'm so grateful for how our volunteers support us in serving our patients and our community!” -Alyssa D.

“Shoutout to all the Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest volunteers thank you for choosing to be part of a movement that fights for reproductive freedom. The work you do is important and impacts our patients day in and day out! We are all grateful for you all!” -Guadalupe P.

“Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week to every single member of our volunteer team! Without you we could not have what we have today. Thank you for showing up everyday for Planned Parenthood!”  -Raquel G.

“Thank you for all you do! We couldn't be who we are without you all. You are appreciated.” -Daliyah T.

“Thank you for supporting our mission and all of the work we do! Our team here in Mira Mesa would like to let you know how appreciative we are of everything you do for Planned Parenthood! It makes us happy to know that we have amazing support in the community.” -Annyssa M.

“I'm so grateful to all the volunteers that have helped me with organizing the marketing closet and getting materials out to the health centers. It's a big job coordinating supplies for 19 health centers and it is made so much easier and more FUN when I can collaborate with volunteers. I have appreciated connecting with you all this past year and look forward to more projects where I get to work with you all again!” -Rayne H.

“We are truly lucky to have such amazing volunteers at our events. I can personally say how much they've helped us get gifts to our staff, help us set up for Palooza and support all of our efforts for staff appreciation. Thank you to our spectacular volunteers!!” -Roberta E.

“Thank you to all the volunteers! I appreciate your commitment to our mission and the work that you do. You all are vital to the work we do every single day.” -Amber Y.

“Gracias por su entrega y dedicación a la misión de Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Sin ustedes, mucho de lo que hemos logrado no hubiera sido posible.” Alberto G.

“Imperial County volunteers are the best, they are so passionate they will participate in events such as rallies or tabling events even in extreme heat. I am forever grateful to these awesome volunteers for their determination to make a difference in their communities. THANK YOU ALL!” -Maribel P.

“We love our Riverside Volunteers! We are so grateful to our volunteers who have shown us how much they care by driving over an hour for events and gatherings. Some have squeezed our events in between work shifts, come out on weekends for tabling events and so much more! Y'all are so impressive and show such dedication! We appreciate all you do for us and hope to continue to see and work with you at events! Thanks!” -Briana C.

“The volunteers who work in the Marketing and Brand Department bring expertise, experience, and heart to our work. I am consistently inspired by their commitment to the mission of making sure people have the sexual and reproductive health care they need and deserve. To the volunteers on my team and all the other parts of our organization, I am thrilled to work alongside you and I am beyond grateful for your generosity and your demonstrated commitment to our mission.” -Jessica L. 

“Thank you for all of your support and commitment for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest! We love seeing your face at our events! Keep it up!” Elyse C.

“To all Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest volunteers, especially those in Coachella Valley. Thank you for your passion, support, and especially your time. It has been a pleasure working with you at our local events!!!” -Olga M.

Our volunteer is amazing! We greatly appreciate her help on our busy mornings! She welcomes our patients and helps get their visit off to a good start. She has truly become part of our team and I feel so fortunate that she chooses to volunteer her time with Planned Parenthood.” -Brielle W. 

“The Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Security Department is grateful for the enthusiasm they bring to the organization even on the heaviest of days. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest has a Security Department, but we are only as strong as all of us that make up the security TEAM. Thank you for your devotion to defend the mission.” -Security team 

Fun facts about our volunteers:

  • We currently have over 235 active volunteers.
  • Last year, volunteers contributed over 2,150 hours.  
  • Our volunteers are diverse and represent a variety of industries including education, human resources, nursing, marketing, communications, public health, law and more!  

Volunteers play an enormous role in making Planned Parenthood’s mission possible, and we are grateful for everything they do. 

To learn about our volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved, visit planned.org/getinvolved.




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