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Looking for something to do with your family Saturday?
Bring them to the Springdale Recreation Center for the 2009 Pregnancy Care Center’s Walk for Life.
Amy Vincent, executive director of the Pregnancy Care Center, said its volunteers have worked hard to make this a family-friendly fundraiser.
“We have added activities for the children, including several large inflatables, volleyball, face painting, balloons, refreshments and door prizes,” she said.
It’s easy to take part in the walk.
Registration begins at 9 am. To walk, just seek sponsors who pledge to donate. Then, the Pregnancy Care Center will contact the sponsors you have listed to collect the donation.
Walkers who can muster $200 or more will get a free T-shirt.
Like many local charities, the Pregnancy Care Center is going through tough economic times.
It operates on an $80,000 per year budget that is totally funded by individuals and churches.
Vincent said right now, funds are low. However, they hope to turn that around after this walk.
“By taking this year’s walk to a bigger level, we’re hoping for a bigger return,” Vincent said.
Walks in the past have raised between $12,000 and $23,000 for the organization. It hopes that this year is no exception.
The center’s mission is to empower and educate women who find themselves with a unplanned pregnancy about all their options, including adoption.
Vincent said the center’s staff doesn’t judge anyone who walks through the doors, but ministers to them. Its staff includes Vincent, part-time staff members, an administrative assistant and two paid counselors. There are also volunteer peer counselors and volunteers who help with a boutique and newsletter on a regular basis.
Right now, the Pregnancy Care Center provide services such as pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, and information on pregnancy to more than 1,000 clients.
The center is now open about 20 hours a week, but Vincent hopes to extend the hours.
Its services include free pregnancy tests, counselling on pregnancy options, a baby and maternity boutique, discipleship Bible study, a 24-hour hot line and an abstinence education program. There is also a “Baby Steps” incentive parenting class where clients can earn points to buy items in the boutique.
They also offer items such as maternity clothes, furniture and diapers to clients. All of these items have been donated. They accept donations such as these anytime and always need more.
For more details about the walk or other services, call 286-5900 or e-mail the center at email@example.com.
Walk for Life fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, registration is 9.a.m. There will be entertainment, children’s activities, food and more.
WHERE: Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road
HOW MUCH: Those planning to walk should seek sponsors. Walkers who raise $200 or more in donations will get a free T-shirt.
INFORMATION: Call 286-5900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org