Pregnancy center needs men, women volunteers
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Southwest Oklahoma is seeking loving and compassionate women and men volunteers with a heart for ministry.
The center will host its new volunteer training over three days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21-23 at its downtown location, 319 SW C. The Pregnancy Resource Center is nonprofit offering support to women, men and families as they face unplanned or planned pregnancies. According to Rita Willoughby, executive director, the center is a Christ-centered ministry.
"We have the freedom to share the gospel of Jesus Christ," Willoughby said. "We all need a safe place to share our deepest thoughts, fears and concerns without judgment. All of our services are free and confidential. We instill life-changing goals and dreams and offer support and love to everyone who walks through our doors."
Qualifications for new volunteers include completion of the application; three letters of reference, one from the volunteer's church pastor and two personal references; and attending the three-day training.
The training will explain the foundation of the Pregnancy Resource Center and its importance to the community; teach volunteers how to prepare themselves to assist a client in need; highlight aspects in the center's client profile, communication skills and other areas. More training will occur as volunteers begin serving at the center. During the three days of the new volunteer training, a light lunch will be served. The training is free, but the training manuals are available for $25. Each participants is asked to take a Bible.
According Willoughby, the Pregnancy Resource Center "relies on volunteers to keep the doors open and serve the community."
"They are the ones who meet one on one with our clients," Willoughby said, "and are the hands and feet of our ministry."
Willoughby said volunteers should have the following traits: a heart for the Lord; availability; passion for the unborn and their moms and dads; a desire to serve others; and compassion. Volunteers are needed to serve four hours per week and attend a two-hour, ongoing monthly meeting.
Volunteers duties include meeting with clients, many whom are in a crisis pregnancy,who are coming for a free pregnancy test and information on their options, including adoption. The center recently started offering ultrasound tests to its clients again; volunteers are able to sit in on the ultrasounds as chaperones. Volunteers will also serve on a weekly basis with clients going through the center's Earn While You Learn program, which allows clients to watch videos about their pregnancy and developing baby and complete homework over the videos to earn points for baby items.