Give Back MKE: Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund

Here’s why you should consider donating to Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund as part of Give Back Milwaukee.

When Rosita was 17 weeks pregnant, instead of picking out paint colors for the nursery and filling a drawer with cute onesies, she panicked. Due to the pandemic, she’d lost her job and bills were piling up. Her estranged family could not provide financial, or even emotional, support. Then, she received the worst blow: her partner was killed in an auto accident. How would she be able to afford raising a child? Frustrated, Rosita pursued what she thought was her last option – a later-term abortion at a local pregnancy center.

Thanks to Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund, which awards emergency grants to pregnant women with limited resources, she decided to keep the baby. With the grant, the organization provided her with an apartment, paying the security deposit and first month’s rent.

“Everybody finds themselves in a bind,” says education director Judy Van Swol. “They need jobs, transportation, a roof over their head, food on the table, all of those things. It’s a real privilege to give direct financial assistance.” The organization also helps pregnant women escape domestic-abuse situations, by providing hotel rooms or bus tickets to help them get away to stay with family or friends.

According to Wisconsin Right to Life executive director, Heather Weininger, the number of requests for emergency grants has increased during the pandemic, as has the average dollar amount for each. During the pandemic, in lieu of the teen camp the fund runs each August, which trains high school and college-aged youth in leadership, Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund launched a subscription-box service. Each box is filled with resources such as books and videos, to help youth volunteers in their roles as peer counselors to other students or as activists for the movement.

“We are very excited about our outreach to youth,” says Joleigh Bass, a field rep in the northwestern part of Wisconsin. “We’re very cognizant of the fact that our pro-life efforts don’t stop when the baby’s born. Putting food in babies’ bellies is part of the pro-life mission, too.”

 

 

WHAT WE DO:

We provide pregnant women with financial resources that allow them to raise their children and we empower youth to be peer counselors and activists in the pro-life movement.

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES:

• Your donation helps fund our emergency grants, which ease financial stress on young women in crisis pregnancy situations.

• Funds are also used to purchase books and videos as educational resources for high-school and college-students

5317 N. 118th Ct.
877-855-5007
wisconsinrighttolife.org

 


This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s December issue.

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.