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24 Ways to Get Involved at Vida in 2024

It is the beginning of a new year, and Vida’s mission to provide medical, mentoring, material, and maternity housing support to empower individuals to make life-affirming decisions is still vital

Vida Medical Clinic and Support Services life-affirming mission needs your commitment and involvement in the new year! Join us as we serve, educate, and empower women and men facing unexpected pregnancies, seeking support parenting young children, or desiring to make healthy, life-affirming decisions in their relationships with themselves and others. 

Explore the many ways you can get involved with Vida in 2024!

Volunteer at Vida.

Vida volunteers make a difference. From maternity house helpers and Support Services mentors to event committees and special projects, our volunteers are true partners and extensions in our work and mission.

Explore volunteer opportunities and become a volunteer here.

Celebrate at Together for Life.

Gather and celebrate Vida at Together for Life! Together for Life is an annual fundraising banquet and community event hosted annually in the spring. It brings together friends of Vida for an evening of celebration, recognition, and support for Vida’s mission and work.

Mark your calendars for May 16, 2024! Learn more here.

Have your church become a Vida Church Partner.

Vida Church Partner Program gives area congregations the opportunity to unite as brothers and sisters in Christ and partner with Vida to serve those facing unplanned pregnancies, parenting young children under difficult circumstances, or seeking to heal from past choices and make life-giving choices in the future. Our ministry is your ministry!

Through prayer, volunteering, welcoming those we serve into their churches, and more, our network of church partners share the love of Christ by their witness and support.

Learn more about the Vida Church Partner Program here.

Help Vida serve Fond du Lac families. 

On January 1, Vida Medical Clinic opened its second clinic location in the region and began providing free medical services in Fond du Lac through a newly formed mission alliance with Charis Pregnancy and Family Help Center

You can help fund clinic operations at the Fond du Lac location through online donations to Charis

Share the love and good news about Vida.

Learn about the scope of services Vida offers clients and patients, and become an ambassador for our organization. You never know who in your life or circle of influence may be seeking free medical care, support services, maternity housing, or will find themselves in challenging circumstances later in life.

Stay up-to-date on Vida happenings and share the good news with others by following Vida on social media and by signing up for our email newsletter list. Together, we can amplify our work and mission.

Golf at Chip in for Life.

Chip in for Life is one of Vida’s annual community and fundraising events. Held every September, supporters and golfers from around the Fox Valley spend a full day on the golf course and enjoy dinner, drinks, raffles, and more afterwards all in support of Vida.

Mark your calendars for September 16, 2024! Learn more here.

Leave a legacy with planned giving.

Make a lasting impact with a planned gift to Vida. 

Planned gifts may include will, estate, stocks, property, IRA charitable rollover, and more.

This new year, review your portfolio and discuss planned giving options with your financial advisor or contact Kristi at Vida to learn more at khoheisel@vidasupportservices.org. 

Become a Vida sponsor.

As a nonprofit organization, our operations and work are largely made possible by the support of our generous sponsors and donors. Various Vida sponsorship levels are available for businesses and individuals, which include benefits such as year-round recognition and tickets to events such as Chip In For Life and Together For Life.

Learn more and become a sponsor here.

Wine Taste at Chip in for Life.

Help support Vida’s mission by attending a wine tasting event during the annual Chip In For Life! On September 16, 2024, join Vida at the golf course to sample wines, as well as cheese and snacks. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the silent and live auctions, dinner, and fellowship with the golfers and others into the evening. 

Encourage healing and help.

One in four women are post-abortive. If someone in your life shares her story with you and seeks additional healing and help, encourage her to explore Vida’s post-abortion support.

Vida offers one-on-one support; group support; and contacts to online studies, healing retreats, and referrals to community resources for individuals following an abortion. Support is also available for men and dads. Every healing journey looks different, but there is hope. 

Become a monthly donor.

Investing in Vida is life-giving! Financial gifts and donations help us serve, educate, and empower women and men facing unplanned pregnancies, parenting, or medical needs.

Thank you in advance for your life-giving generosity! Set up to make a recurring monthly donation to Vida here.

If giving annually fits your charitable and philanthropic giving situation better, there are options for one-time gifts here too.

Lead a pastoral reflection.

Vida seeks leaders from our Church Partners to come to Vida for a lunch-hour visit to pray with and share a reflection/devotion with our staff and volunteers.

Spiritual encouragement is greatly needed and appreciated as we continue this life-giving work.

Schedule to lead a pastoral reflection here.

Host a playdate.

Vida hosts five play dates throughout the year for Vida clients and residents. The play dates provide opportunities for them to get to know other families, enjoy a meal or snack, explore a community space or place as a family, and be served with great love and care by Vida Church Partners and other Friends of Vida.

Vida will host play dates in February (YMCA), April (Easter egg hunt), July (BBQ at the park), October (pumpkin patch outing, and November (Christmas cookie decorating) and is seeking Church Partners or groups to host these play dates by providing food, activities, fellowship, etc. Contact Tessa at Vida if interested in hosting. 

 

 

Become a mentor.

Pregnancy and parenting are filled with uncertainty, and your experience and love are needed. Vida Support Services offers a mentoring program in which moms and/or dads are matched up with a mentor (seasoned parents) who will support, educate, and empower them.

As a mentor, you will meet an individual where he or she is at in the parenting journey. One-on-one topics covered range from  infant hygiene to first-year milestones to potty training to healing from past trauma. 

Learn more and apply to be a mentor here.

Host a speaker.

Host a Vida staff member to keynote, speak at, or serve on a panel discussion for your group’s next event or meeting.

Various topics can be presented on or discussed, as well as sharing of our general mission, work, and impact. Being on the frontlines of this work—the work of providing free medical care and support services to women, men, and families in our community—enables our team to speak into the opportunities, joys, and challenges in an informational, educational, and inspiring way to various audiences. 

Click here to schedule to host a Vida speaker for your group or event.

Double your gift with an employee match.

Many companies offer employee giving matches, up to a certain dollar amount, to an employee’s preferred charity or non-profit organization. Consider exploring your company’s employee match opportunities in the new year, and prayerfully consider selecting Vida as your match beneficiary. 

Learn more about monetary donation options here.

Pray.

As a faith-based, Christian organization, we are a people and ministry of prayer and humbly ask for prayers too. Please pray for the moms, dads, babies, families, and communities Vida serves, for a renewal of a life-affirming and loving culture, and for us as we serve others. 

We serve clients and patients of all faith backgrounds, as well as those with no faith background. The choices and situations of everyone we serve differ; choices can weigh heavily on one’s heart. For those seeking spiritual help or guidance, we have a coalition of strong local church partners. Many donors and supporters of Vida are people of faith or faith-based organizations. We are grateful for the ongoing prayer over our life-affirming mission, those we serve, our staff, and our community.

Promote healthy choices among young adults.

Learning how to empower our youth to have a plan for each season of their lives, and educating them about making healthy, life-affirming choices will positively impact their physical and emotional health. 

Through Vida Community Outreach classroom visits, presentations, health fairs, and education/service mornings, young people in the community are equipped and empowered them to make healthy choices.

Click here to schedule.

Make a material donation.

Collect and donate items (diapers, wipes, or other baby materials) to Vida to give to our patients and clients through our Little Dear Boutique. Stay up-to-date on what items are in high demand in our boutique and help us keep our shelves stocked by checking out Vida Support Services material donation needs list.

You can make a donation yourself or rally those close to you and within your church, workplace, or other organization to host a donation drive to support our cause while also growing in awareness of Vida. Community drives are great fundraising opportunities for youth groups, churches, and other supporting community organizations.

Make a meal for Trinity House.

Every Thursday Vida looks for volunteers to prepare and serve a meal to Trinity House residents and staff. Provide fellowship and become a part of this amazing ministry in serving moms and children.

Join our meal ministry here

Walk to Remember.

In the month of October, Vida hosts a memorial walk and ceremony to remember children lost through miscarriage, stillbith, early infant/childhood death, abortion, and other reproductive losses.

Circumstances of losses greatly vary, but there is a common need shared to remember the children who precious lives ended to soon. Join us to remember and offer support to one another.

Take advantage of matching grant programs.

Organizations and some companies offer additional grant opportunities, beyond employee matching. Explore your connections and affiliate organizations to see how they may support you in supporting Vida.

Thrivent Action Grant and Knights of Columbus ASAP are two examples of such.

Live, love, and serve well.

The greatest witness and testament to our work and mission is living, loving, and serving well. When we come to know our own inherent, God-given dignity and worth, our hearts and actions reflect such truth and love to others. Feeling and witnessing such radical love, selfless service, and life well lived in this day and age is a light! This, in turn, empowers and inspires others to live in the abundance of that love and truth too. Together, our culture then grows to become a culture of life. 

Become engaged with Vida. 

Everyone has a role to play in meeting people where they are at, serving them, and building up Appleton, Fond du Lac, the Fox Valley, and beyond into communities of love and life. 

If you are interested in serving, volunteering, donating, and being engaged with Vida’s work and mission in 2024, check out our engagement webpage and explore the many ways you can get involved with Vida!

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Tuesday, January 9

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