Care Net Launches National Campaign to Find Pregnancy Center Volunteers
by Steven Ertelt
October 20, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With the economy causing more women to require the services of pregnancy centers, the burdens on centers are increasing. As a result, they are finding they need an increase in the number of volunteers and the national affiliate group Care Net is launching a new campaign to make that happen.
This fall, Care Net, a national network of more than 1,170 pregnancy centers, is launching the "Inspire Life" campaign.
This is a new web- based effort to counter the changing political climate by energizing the pro-life movement and raising up more volunteers for local pregnancy centers.
Care Net president Melinda Delahoyde says the effort is also a recognition of how polling data shows Americans are increasingly pro-life and she wants to get recent pro-life converts involved in helping women find abortion alternatives.
"Something exciting is happening in America when, despite the political changes in Washington, more people are now identifying themselves as ‘pro-life,’" she told LifeNews.com. "The problem is that not everyone knows how they can get involved. The goal of the Inspire Life campaign is to point individuals to the compassionate, outreach work of pregnancy centers."
This month, Delahoyde was asked by Christianity Today to respond to the question, "In light of the political change in Washington, what’s the best action for pro-life Christians to take next?"
Her response — "volunteer at a pregnancy center."
Delahoyde said, "It’s easy to feel powerless to effect change in the political arena. Yet each of us has the power to inspire life every day by simply offering grace and support to women facing unplanned pregnancies."
"What the pro-life movement must do next is foster an explosion of people who do just this," she added.
The Inspire Life campaign is centralized on the web at www.inspirelifenow.org and will include a concerted effort to find volunteers through social networking web sites like Twitter and Facebook.
News and information will be published for pro-life advocates and existing Care Net center staff and volunteers to spread virally to encourage new people, particularly a younger generation, to "inspire life" locally and to catch the vision for what the movement is doing nationally.
With more than 40,000 volunteers a year, according to the latest national report on pregnancy centers, A Passion to Serve, A Vision for Life, the movement is strong and growing," Delahoyde says. However, with most of its funding coming from private donations, the pregnancy center movement still needs greater support and more volunteers.
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