Save the Storks Responds to Urgent COVID-19 Needs for Pregnancy Resource Centers During #GivingTuesdayNow

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Join Us For a Global Day of Unity as We Support Women Facing Unplanned Pregnancies during #GivingTuesdayNow

On May 5, 2020, Save the Storks will join hundreds of non-profits around the nation for #GivingTuesdayNow. The goal is to support five pregnancy resource center affiliates through your generous donations. 

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to provide support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

We have selected five of our pregnancy resource center (PRC) affiliates who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak to receive 100 percent of funding from #GivingTuesdayNow donations. 

Pregnancy resource centers provide essential services to their communities. Many are staying open to provide diapers, formula, ultrasounds and more to their clients during this time. But with donor dollars down and fundraising events canceled because of COVID-19, PRCs are finding it harder to keep their doors open and staff paid. 

Your donations will go directly towards PRCs who are providing care in their communities during this time. 

“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another,” said Save the Storks’ Chief Communications Officer Diane Ferraro. “Your generous donations during #GivingTuesdayNow will go directly towards supporting five PRCs who desperately need our help to keep providing their life-saving services to women in their communities.” 

The goal for #GivingTuesdayNow is to raise $55,000. Thanks to generous donors Save the Storks has received matching grants — meaning your donation of $5, $25, $50 or $500 will go even further.
CLICK HERE to donate. 

Pregnancy Resource Center Needs

Learn more about our 5 pregnancy resource center affiliates:

Northwest/West 

Riverside, CA | Riverside Life Services

We remain open to our clients during this pandemic. We are seeing more clients than ever. Although things look different, we have to sanitize before and after each visit and we can no longer take walk-ins. Currently, we are handing out all kinds of material needs; diapers, wipes, hygiene products, formula and face masks. 
Our annual banquet was scheduled for March, but we had to cancel it with less than 36 hours notice. The center has applied for the Payroll Protection Plan immediately, but are still not sure our application has been considered.  We do not want to cut our hours or services, but if we do not have income soon, we will be out of business by the end of September. We have a small but mighty staff of seven loving, compassionate, godly and strong women.  

Northeast 

Philadelphia, PA | AlphaCare 

AlphaCare operates on the west side of Philadelphia — one of the most impoverished areas in America. Our AlphaCare client base needs us more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, we are doing remote appointments and delivering material goods. Volunteers have also stepped up to deliver urgent material goods such as diapers and wipes to our families throughout the city. Our delivery system minimizes coronavirus exposure and allows clients to stay in their homes with their children. 
Your support will allow AlphaCare to purchase much-needed material goods and food items for our clients affected by this crisis. It will also keep a staff member available to answer the phone at a pregnant mother’s point of decision. With the necessary cancellation of our spring fundraising event, AlphaCare needs $69,500 by the end of May 2020 to cover expenses during this time.    

Southwest 

El Paso, TX | Pregnancy and Fatherhood Solutions 

Pregnancy and Fatherhood Solutions is continuing to serve the El Paso community during the COVID-19 crisis. We recently started opening on Saturdays and changed our hours to coincide with the hours at the abortion clinic.  CDC guidelines are being practiced, and abortion-minded clients are able to get free ultrasounds. We chose Saturday since it is the busiest abortion day in El Paso, NM.  
We have had to cancel our June fundraiser and one of our largest donors decreased their contribution by 25 percent. Several of our other donors have had to reduce or stop their giving, which will affect our services to the community.  The deficit between this and the fundraiser not occurring will be around $15,000.     

Southeast

Palm City, FL | God’s Resources 

When five of the pregnancy resource centers in our community closed their doors our call volume hit an all-time high. We knew that we had to remain in operation even during the pandemic. We are serving women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and supporting those who have chosen to parent.  
Now more than ever, women need the services our Stork Buses provide. Our goal is to raise $50,000 in funding to go towards our Stork Bus ministry. This funding would pay for pregnancy tests, ultrasound supplies, fuel, vehicle insurance, and licensed ultrasound technicians. We are so grateful that a generous donor has committed to a dollar for dollar match up to $25,000. So any donation we would receive now would be doubled. 

Midwest 

Vandalia, IL | Lighthouse Pregnancy & Health Services

Amid the 2020 COVID-19 epidemic, LPHS has provided wet-wipes, diapers, formula, baby cereal and baby food to hundreds of clients. Our center is located in one of the lowest-income counties in South-Central Illinois. The services that LPHS has offered to our small rural town have been life-saving. 
One mom, who had been laid off due to stay-at-home orders told us, “My baby had no formula, she had been crying for days. I drove to every store within a 45-mile radius. All of them were out of the formula I needed. Without LPHS my baby would have been very very hungry!”
We could use a few N-95 masks so we could ensure the safety of our staff. We also need wet-wipes, diapers, and formula. In addition to that, we also need funding. 
Our annual banquet, which was going to help us fundraise for a mobile medical unit (MMU), had to be rescheduled and looks like will be canceled yet again. We currently have $102,000 of the $205,000 necessary for the unit. This MMU is essential to serving the vast area of our community. Many of our clients struggle to find transportation to our center, and the MMU would allow us to reach more, serve more, and SAVE MORE! 

Your donation during #GivingTuesdayNow will help keep these pregnancy resource centers running during the coronavirus outbreak. CLICK HERE to donate.