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Birthline of San Diego County Inc

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Causes: Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

Mission: irthline exists for the sole purpose of assisting pregnant women and women with small children. We are a pregnancy support service, and we help every woman who calls on us. Single or married we assist them to have their babies rather than opt for abortion.

Results: We exceeded our goal for the 18th annual Walk for Life walkathon, our main fundraiser. We are focused on acquiring more grant funding and corporate sponsorships. We have won several grants this year from local women's organizations. We will be hosting the annual Christmas Party for our clients December 12th. We are focused on securing sponsors for a "Client Resource" room of computers and all things to enable our clients to become self-reliant in ONE visit. We seek sponsors to secure a larger building to house our growth, which will enable us to help even more of our disadvantaged wee neighbors and their families.

Target demographics: low-income women with children 0-5 years old in San Diego County

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000 women and their families and sometimes extended families = well over 5,000 yearly

Geographic areas served: San Diego

Programs: Food, counseling, health and parenting education, referrals to medical, sobriety, housing, education and employment.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Birthline provides emotional support, material assistance, referrals to other community resources for any pregnant woman, as well as women with small children.
We believe it is our obligation to encourage women to choose life and then support them in that choice.
We do this by offering our friendship, giving food, formula, diapers, clothing and referrals
to the community, including their own faith based church so as to help any pregnant woman, and women with small children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Birthline offers hope and a helping hand to women and families often facing desperate situations. The volunteers encourage women to build a life for themselves and their families by connecting them with resources for education and job training, as well as helping them with immediate short term needs of food and clothing. The volunteers care very much about the women they serve and their children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I've been volunteering at Birthline for a number of years, my only regret is that I'm getting older and will someday not be able any longer. Birthline is fulfilling for both the volunteer as well as the client, as they interact to find ways to solve problems. When a client says she is so thankful that we are there for her, it is the most wonderful feeling. And knowing that all donations go to provide services for the clients (there are no paid staff) makes it even more gratifying.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a 10+ year volunteer of Birthline, I find it to be all I hoped for and more. It really does give its clients much of what they want and more of what they need. It is a life-saver for many. I also feel it is well worth the donations I give as well, since there is no paid staff and all the funds go into keeping it going all these 33+ years. When we take a picture of a mom and her new baby (one for our wall and one for mom) and present her with a layette of all new clothes and other items for her baby, it is a wonderful feeling, for us as well as for her.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband & I have been volunteering at Birthline Monday evenings for just about 2 years. This is the most amazing place. In particular Birthline welcomes everyone who has chosen to parent their children regardless of color, creed, citizenship etc. We see all kinds of needs come through the door and watch folks leave with real help & encouragement. Birthline is a blessing to clients & volunteers alike.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Birthline is an outstanding organization that supports and offers families in need so many things. They provide counseling and referrals for child care, medical insurance, jobs, education, parenting classes, domestic violence, County services, legal aid, food and clothing resources. In addition they offer emotional support and friendship to the families they serve. The volunteers are truly dedicated to the families they see.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Birthline is a wonderful source for families in crisis in San Diego County. The volunteers provide Counseling and referrals to many organizations that can help with Medical insurance, child care, education, jobs, housing and many other resources. They also provide food, clothes, diapers and friendship to families. I am a recently retired Public Health Nurse. I am now a volunteer with the Birthline because of the wonderful care and support that they gave the clients I referred to them. Jeanne

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Birthline is a great resource to the community. It helps women and young children by providing them with clothing, books, etc. It is staffed by volunteers who love what they do. It's an honor to be a member of the team.

Mary Ann F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After twelve years of volunteering with Birthline of San Diego County, Inc. I continue to feel blessed to to work with so many wonderful people who serve women (and their children in San Diego) who are in turmoil. It is truly a privilege to work towards the common good of my sisters in Christ. MAF

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Birthline and have personally experienced the saving power of this organization. We do more than hand out diapers and formula. Women come to us scared, lonely and desperate. They leave knowing that they are not alone. We care and these women can feel it. Birthline has made me a more caring person. I love being able to put a smile on the faces of these beautiful women.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have done some volunteering in the past at Birthlane. I have seen young women leaving the office with a smile in their face after receiving material help (bags with food, diapers, formula, etc) and also emotional support. The volunteers at Birthlane are heroes to me. You observe them and you see the work of charity in action. They are truly supporting young women and their families. I have also brought my children to help wrapping presents during Christmas time. It is a very rewarding experience and also an honor to work next to people that dedicate their lives to others. It is also a very good thing for children to observe.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Birthline is a great resource to the community. It helps women and young children by providing them with clothing, books, etc. It is staffed by volunteers who love what they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters Brownie troop earned their Bronze award helping Birthline. They saw first hand how their work and donations helped the mothers-to-be. It also showed them how difficult their struggles were, just providing the basic needs of their families. They do great work at birthline for both emotional and tangible support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Birthline has a great place in this world. We need to build more! Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We need Birthline! I was a unwed mother and thank goodness I had my family support, we all need someone at times like this to help us emotionally and mentally to listen and care, Birthline may be the only support some expectant women have.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A long time ago I was young, unmarried, alone, pregnant and very scared. I sat down with one of the women in Birthline and I knew I would be alright. I wasn't going to keep the baby growing in me and I wasn't going to have it destroyed. I knew from the first moment I walked into their office what was right for me and right for the baby developing and growing inside of me. I wanted to choose a new set of parents for my child, and Birthline guided me the right direction. I look back now and wonder what would have happened if I went somewhere else. I was blessed. I now donate and help out with Birthline when I can. Thank you Birthline.

Donor

Rating: 5

In today's world of mixed messages, fast paced society, and sadly a culture that doesn't respect life, it is inspirational and comforting to know that Birthline is there to provide a balanced, nuturing, caring, and sustainable environment for women. Birthline has been in San Diego to 30 years and has helped many women who may be have been in crisis - it is with their loving and giving hearts - that many of these women have made a rewarding decision. They are one of a kind!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with a volunteer at Birthline was very positive. She is very dedicated, a great listener, and has a very big heart for what she is doing for Birthline and those who approach them. She is very committed to Birthline and also works with others in the community by looking for partners to support the coalition to help the poorest of poor pregnant and homeless women with children.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Birthline for many years and am so proud of the work they do. Thousands of woman and teenage girls have walked through their doors and have had their lives changed. Birthline provides support so that these woman can have their childern and get back on their feet again. I truly believe that the funding I provide is going to a very worthy cause. It is an honor to be able to support Birthline of San Diego.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Birthline and am so proud to work with all the wonderful people and volunteers there. I teach full time at a college and volunteer on my lunch hour. I usually come there beaten down by all my work stress, but after spending an hour with the warm and awesome people there, I leave feeling uplifted and proud of the work I do and the people I work with. Susie Hutchins

Donor

Rating: 5

I am part of a Mom's Bible Study group that wanted to give back to the San Diego community by supporting a non-profit organization that supported mother’s in need. We chose Birthline of San Diego because of its amazing 33 year commitment to mothers and their children. We love how Birthline supports an expectant mother with her decision to have her child. As mothers we know the joy of holding a child in our arms for the first time and want every mother, whatever her circumstance, to have that same opportunity. We are proud to sponsor Birthline and the unsung work that they do.

1 Lucinda M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working in family services for over 6 years, I am so impressed with the work and dedication of Birthline. They support local families during difficult times and their staff of volunteers do a tremendous job of providing services to help build independence and future stability. My family and I will always do what we can to encourage their important work.