Community Outreach Partner
In March and April, First Unitarian Church is partnering with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPHeartland) is one of the largest and oldest reproductive health organizations in the Midwest, and we operate 14 health centers across Iowa and Nebraska. In Polk County we have three health centers and provide education, outreach and advocacy. The mission of PPHeartland is to provide, promote and protect reproductive and sexual health through health services, education and advocacy. For more than eight decades, we have been committed to cultivating communities where people have meaningful access to the reproductive health care they need, where sexual health education is comprehensive and equitable, and where individuals have the right to lead a healthy and meaningful life. Last year, we provided reproductive and sexual health care to 52,963 individuals across our affiliate, reached 55,414 individuals through our education and outreach services, and advocated to protect reproductive health rights in the communities we serve.
There will be a number of ways to be involved in assisting PPHeartland in March and April. During the month of March, we will be collecting books for our Book sale and hosting a forum March 5th on abortion stigma, messaging, and how to take action. We are also looking for people to become engaged supporters and participate in our lobby day on March 21st.
In April, we will be collecting items to be used by our clinic and education staff, and you can volunteer at our spring booksale April 20-24th. More information on all of these opportunities will be available at our table in the gathering area and on the Faith in Action bulletin board.
Booksale link: http://desmoinesbooksale.com/
* First Unitarian Outreach Partners receive 50% of the collections in the service offertory basket for 2 months. A minimum of two opportunities to be involved in the organization’s work are offered during the same 2 month time period. To learn more about the Outreach Partner program, including how to apply, go to http://ucdsm.org/faith-in-action.