ANDERSONVILLE — The Chicago Abortion Fund is hosting another volunteer-sourced bake sale this weekend.
The bake sale is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday outside the Women & Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St.
Saturday’s event will feature cakes, caramels and fall-inspired treats, along with vegan and gluten-free options. Attendees can also buy a Chicago Abortion Fund tote and other merchandise.
The sale is the second one led by volunteers Emma Sherman and Jessie Kennedy. The first, which was held in August, raised nearly $2,500. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Sherman was looking for ways to channel her frustration and was reminded of her love for baking, which inspired the sale, she said.
“I was feeling depressed about the state of the world and the state of abortion rights, and I was thinking about how when you’re feeling down, you can channel that into something productive,” Sherman said. The sale “was just a raging success and super fun for both of us, and we’re bringing it back because the need for funding has not gone away.”
Kennedy said the enthusiasm residents showed at the last sale was also encouraging.
“The support from the community was really great,” Kennedy said. “People were really happy to see us — they were donating, stopping by, asking how they could help.”
Supporting abortion rights has been a community effort, Kennedy said.
Kennedy said she fielded a helpline call from a woman at an abortion clinic who was calling for someone else after hearing them say they could not pay for the procedure. After calling the group’s helpline, that person was able to access funds on the spot and did not have to revisit another clinic, Kennedy said.
Kennedy said she has noticed many people calling the helpline have needed emotional support along with tangible guidance on getting an abortion.
Alicia Hurtado, a spokesperson for the group, said demand for the organization’s assistance has jumped significantly since June. Still, the organization has committed to returning every call it receives.
Hurtado said they encourage people looking to support abortion rights to contribute toward local, grassroots organizations. Compared to local organizers, a smaller percentage of donations to national groups end up immediately supporting people seeking abortions, Hurtado said.
“When you think about abortion access on the front lines, you want your dollar to be going in the hands of someone directly accessing care,” Hurtado said.
The confidential helpline can be reached 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday at 312-663-0338. You can find more here on what information to provide when calling.
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