- Field Organizer Gnora Gumanow (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Deschutes counties): 503.775.4931 x3279
- Field Organizer Chelsea Jennings (Lane, Linn, Benton, Jackson, Marion and Polk counties): 541.344.2632 x1056
- Field Director Nichi Masters Linder: 541.246.1035
Read on to find out how you can volunteer, be a local leader, work with us, or become a PPAO fellow.
Become a Volunteer!
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon utilizes grassroots organizing to educate and mobilize diverse voters in support of women’s health. We rely on thousands of volunteers to support our work to protect reproductive healthcare services and comprehensive sex education. It takes a unified action to protect women’s health and promote reproductive freedom. Here are some of the ways you can get involved:
- Grassroots outreach: Ensure that reproductive freedom issues remain in the forefront. Assist with booths or crowd canvass efforts at community events. Talk to supporters face-to-face or over the phone about the importance of protecting our rights.
- Citizen lobbying: Make your voice heard on political bills of interest. Attend committee hearings and lobby visits in Salem or participate in local town hall forums. Help us hold our elected officials accountable and tell your legislators to support reproductive freedom for all Oregonians!
- Office work: Help us keep our operations running smoothly. Conduct necessary administrative tasks such as entering data, addressing envelopes, making phone calls and organizing event materials.
- Voter contact: Help us educate voters in our state about the candidates running for office that work to protect and expand access to reproductive health care in our state.
Join a Leadership & Advocacy Team!
Be a local leader. Join a group of lead activists who spearhead local reproductive rights campaigns. Leadership & Advocacy Team members implement all types of activities from fundraisers to education forums to rallies.
Located in targeted districts throughout the state, LATs form the backbone of our grassroots organizing. These dedicated community leaders knock doors, call voters, engage in visibility events, organize fundraisers, lead lobby visits with legislators, write letters to the editor and much more. Without their help this past year, PPAO couldn’t have filled nearly 1,500 volunteer shifts for phone banking, tabling, canvassing and rallying throughout the state.
LATs are active in 8 counties across Oregon. And their impact is being felt around the nation: Planned Parenthood advocacy organizations from Texas to Montana are modeling their own LAT programs on our example. PPAO’s Leadership & Advocacy Teams have even received national recognition with Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2015 Volunteer Excellence Award!
Work with us!
Check out our current job openings.
Apply for a Fellowship!
PPAO takes our leadership development program very seriously. Several former fellows are now Leadership & Advocacy Team members, and three of our staff members got their start with our fellowship program. Our staff will look for every chance to expose fellows and interns to leadership development opportunities. We also believe work comes with experience, and getting a chance to take on special projects. PPAO believes in learning first by doing, then by teaching others, and finally opportunities to run events yourself.
The time commitment is typically 10-12 hours a week, occasionally up to 20 hours during our busy season. We will make every effort to provide additional hours if necessary for school credit. The positions are unpaid, but small stipends are available.
Fellows have the opportunity to learn a vast array of skills, including:
- Grassroots organizing
- Community outreach and visibility
- Volunteer recruitment
- Voter identification
- Voter contact
- Data management
- Phone banking
- Volunteer training and management
- Event planning and management
- Voter registration
- Leadership Development
Check out our current fellowship opportunities.
“I joined Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's Clackamas County LAT to ensure that Oregon women will continue to have access to the reproductive healthcare services they need and want. I have been horrified by the restrictions in access to necessary services that have been enacted in other states. I decided that I can no longer sit on the sidelines and do nothing while our fundamental right to make our own healthcare decisions is attacked.
“Being on the LAT was a rewarding and inspiring experience. Meeting people and discussing this important issue gives me hope that we can maintain our rights and continue to put the focus on what matters: the health and well-being of Oregonians. Helping to ensure that all Oregonians in need have access to health care, accurate information and the right to make their own choices is very important to me. PPAO has really made a difference in my life and in the lives of so many people. I believe that I can make a difference and that inaction is not an option.”
Every year, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon presents the Marilyn Epstein Pro-Choice Champion Award to recognize leaders who go above and beyond in advocating for reproductive health care. We are proud to announce that this year’s honorees are the Chief Sponsors of the Reproductive Health Equity Act: House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, Representatives Jeff Barker and Julie Fahey and Senators Laurie Monnes Anderson and Richard Devlin.
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE
SALEM, Ore., April 14, 2017 - The Oregon House Healthcare Committee today passed landmark legislation to ensure reproductive health equity across the state.
The Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 3391) removes financial barriers and ensures that every Oregonian is empowered to make their own decisions about whether and when to become a parent. Limitations on reproductive health services can have profoundly harmful effects on public health and on an individual person's life opportunities ...
Every woman in Oregon should be able to make decisions about whether and when to be a parent based on what’s best for her.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is working hard to ensure that health insurance — whether paid for by individuals, employers or government funds — covers the full range of reproductive health services: preconception care, contraception, abortion, prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care.