It’s National Volunteer Month! Throughout the month of April, we’ll be highlighting some of our great volunteers from around the state, and sharing how you can connect with the pro-life grassroots network in your community.
This week, we’re featuring 3 volunteers who take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer – Cindy from Juneau, Aldo from De Pere, and and Kami from Wisconsin Rapids.
Juneau County Chapter
Cindy has been volunteering for Wisconsin Right to Life for over 25 years. While living in Madison, she attended pro-life marches around the Capitol, and now serves as the secretary and treasurer of our Juneau County Chapter.
Juneau County Wisconsin Right to Life members are active in their community, and most recently partnered with local churches to host an item drive for nursing home residents. They collected hundreds of blankets, socks, and other goodies to spread encouragement and Christmas cheer to those who might otherwise be alone during the holidays.
Cindy’s favorite part of volunteering for Wisconsin Right to Life is the time she gets to spend helping with child care at our State Conference. “Besides the fun I have with the kids, allowing parents to attend the conference to get updated and educated on what is happening at Wisconsin Right to Life is so important!”
Our Juneau County Chapter wants to meet you! Cindy says, “The more people we have getting involved, with a variety of age groups, the more we will be able to reach others about what WRTL offers. It not only helps to protect the unborn, but it also helps women in crisis and letting them know the options they have. Together we can support, strengthen and empower brave women in their decision to carry to term. Only together will we achieve success.”
St. Norbert College Knights for Life
When Aldo became President of the St. Norbert College Knights for Life group, creating a vision and direction for their work was a top priority. He recognized that as college students with limited time and resources, the group needed a small, focused mission in order to be truly effective.
Dialogue and education are a main pillar of the group’s vision. Through the Equal Rights Institute, they are learning not only what the main arguments are in the pro-life debate, but more importantly, how to effectively approach these questions with loving and productive conversations.
Knights for Life is very active on campus, and regularly hosts events with special speakers and engages with students with pro-life displays and tabling opportunities. The other pillars of their vision include supporting pregnant women on campus and supporting low income families with young ones in the Green Bay community. They raise money and awareness for local organizations like Love Life Ministry, which provides supplies like diapers and other baby items for low income families.
Aldo loves working with other members of the group, especially the E-Board, who help plan the group’s events and community outreach. They welcome any student to join them in their efforts – “We always try to have a big-tent mentality. You can be a democrat, you can be LGBT, you can be an atheist, you can be religious… as long as you believe in the big thing, you’re in.”
Want to learn more about St. Norbert College Knights for Life? Check out their Facebook page to reach out to them about their events and weekly meetings.
South Wood County Chapter
We really love our staff members here at Wisconsin Right to Life, but we really, REALLY love our spouses and families for joining with us in our efforts.
While a student at UW – Stevens Point, Kami got involved with the Pointers for Life group on campus (where she started dating Matt Peeters, our Wisconsin Right to Life – Region 3 Coordinator). In between graduating, getting married, and growing their family, she’s been volunteering for Wisconsin Right to Life ever since! The pro-life movement is near to Kami’s heart because “I feel all life has intrinsic value and is worth protection and love. We have had two babies that were born early and a son who was stillborn. It’s important to me that we recognize the humanity of all preborn children.”
As a ‘staff spouse,’ Kami regularly helps at events like our Education Fund Dinner and State Conference, but she is also trying to rebuild our local chapter in South Wood County. “Sometimes volunteering seems like a big commitment, but there is something for everyone. Some people have the time to help consistently with chapter or state events and that’s great but don’t be afraid to volunteer even if you can help with just one event or staying current on Facebook and sharing opportunities with others.”
Interested in joining Wisconsin Right to Life’s Better Together Volunteer Corps? Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form, or register to attend the Better Together Volunteer Training Luncheon on Saturday, June 12th!