By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Marion County is short of funds and hopes to find businesses, individuals and churches that will help out the organization.
“We really want to get across that funding is short right now,” said Angela Ferguson, vice president of the board of directors for the nonprofit organization. “Every two years, we have a fundraising banquet to rally support for the center, and that makes up the budget for the year.”
Last fall’s banquet fundraising was not as much as anticipated, Ferguson said, and the center has been running short about $5,000 a month.
“We want to try to get our name out there for new businesses, individuals and churches that would be able to partner with us and support us on a monthly basis,” she added.
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Marion County, located at 36 Mountain Park Drive in Fairmont, offers a 24-hour help line as well as a staffed office that pregnant girls and women can visit to get aid and resources during a pregnancy.
“We do have a free pregnancy test that we offer, and we do pregnancy education and abortion education,” Ferguson said.
The center also accepts donations of new or gently used baby items such as baby clothes, strollers, cribs, diapers, high chairs, baby food, formula, “any item you can think of,” Ferguson said. A program called Earn While You Learn allows women and girls to take classes and earn “Mommy Dollars,” which can be used to “purchase” items in the store.
“It depends on the needs of the client,” Ferguson said. “Sometimes things are given away without having to go through the Earn While You Learn program.”