Interested in helping Birthright in its mission? There are several ways you can help:
One of the ways to help pregnant mothers and their unborn support Birthright is through an annual Red Rose Day collection. Volunteers collect money following services at their place of worship for Birthright, give donors a red paper rose (the symbol of pro-life), and then send Birthright a check. Collections may be held on a date of your choice such as October - Respect Life month, Christmas, January anniversary of Rose v. Wade, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, or Father's Day. Free supplies will be mailed to you. Call 412-621-1988 for more information.
Get your school or organization to host a shower, party, or event to collect clothing. One of the ways Birthright of Pittsburgh provides practical assistance to clients upon the arrival of a new baby is by giving a layette. Our center has preemie to 12 month size clothing that is new or gently worn. Some of the items we supply are receiving blankets, undershirts, sleepers, outfits, dresses, snowsuits, socks and diapers. Often we receive beautiful knitted or crocheted blankets, sweaters, dresses, mittens, hats and booties.
You can donate to Birthright by sending a check or money order to Birthright of Pittsburgh or by donating at United Way's site using contributor number 224.
You can also help by donating the following items:
Birthright is taking orders for cookbooks, Red Rose Recipes. Red Rose Recipes has over 750 traditional and ethnic treasured recipes, including:
Below is a sample recipe from the Birthright cookbook:
Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup milk in large bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups milk and pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 1 minute. Stir in whipped topping until smooth and well-blended. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 4 hrs. or until set. Garnish with white chocolate curls made with Baker's chocolate. Store leftover pie in refrigerator. Makes 8 servings.
Cookbooks cost $12. Call the office at 412-621-1988 or send a $15 check/money order to:
Birthright of Pittsburgh
Omega Building, Suite 200
160 N. Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(the additional $3 is for postage).
We can always use new volunteers! Volunteers are needed for:
We have the best group of volunteers that share your commitment to help pregnant moms and babies.
Volunteers attend two three-hour sessions in the Birthright office. The hours for volunteering are flexible and there is free parking. We have volunteers of all ages from students to retired and in between! Volunteer training is held in February and October. Registration is necessary. However, for other times in the year, special arrangements can be made by calling the director for individual training. Call 412-621-1988 or email email@example.com for more information.
Many times friends and neighbors have asked me, "What do you do at Birthright?" Simply stated, we deal with human emotions during decisive moments and we try to help each individual accordingly. Most of all, we help them cope with an unexpected pregnancy following a positive test.
Who do we serve? The women who call us or come to our office are from every walk of life and age group. We hear or see the mature businesswoman, a married mother whose last child is a teenager, the young couple new in town, a young lady who is pursuing an education and the very young and innocent teen.
What do we see and hear in those moments? We encounter an outpouring of emotions from expressions of joy to tears and sobs of despair. What do we do in these crucial moments? First and foremost, we listen, share feelings, and we offer tissues and wipe tears, including our own. With a nonjudgmental and positive attitude, we try to calm, console and pray in silence to overcome the painful feelings of helplessness.
What do we say in the face of despair? Warm words, kind words, caring, loving, and encouraging words, always in the best interest of the small individual to be. Our last words? We believe that every human being that is conceived has the right to be born.