Birthright of Quincy
Founded:
1973
Contact Title:
Director, Birthright of Quincy
Contact Name:
Patty Adam
Address:
1200 Broadway, Lower Level Suite A
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone Number:
(217) 224-1277 office 1-800-550-4900 24 hr hotline 217-440-8388
Email:
BirthrightQuincyIL@att.net
Website:
www.birthrightquincyil.org
Opportunities:

Birthright's holds several fundraisers throughout the year within the Quincy community and accepts tax-deductible charitable contributions year-round at Birthright of Quincy, P.O. Box 407, Quincy, IL 62306.  Every penny goes directly to support Birthright's mission since the entire staff is completely volunteer.  Birthright also accepts donations of new and gently used maternity and baby clothes, as well as new infant items such as diapers and other baby products.  In addition, you can give to Birthright through your time, talents, and business services.  Because Birthright is funded solely by donations, any useful service, job, or item donated is greatly appreciated.


Communities:
Camp Point, IL, Canton, MO, Ewing, MO, Hannibal, MO, Mendon, IL, Quincy, IL
Categories:
Community Outreach

Birthright of Quincy

Mission:

Birthright of Quincy is a non-profit, non-political, non-denominational service organization assisting our area exclusively with resources from our community. The mission of Birthright of Quincy is simple: We are here to offer the non-judgmental person to person help, love, understanding, and basic emotional and practical support that every pregnant woman and girl needs and deserves. We help her to mobilize her resources and those of the community in order for her to be able to constructively plan for her future and that of her child. Our goal is to bring positive change to Quincy by helping the distressed, one at a time, get the support they need to make educated and responsible decisions regarding their future and that of their babies.

History:

Birthright began in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1968, when Louise Summerhill, a busy housewife and mother of seven children, felt something should be done to help women through an unplanned pregnancy.  The grassroots response to her idea was overwhelming, and the Toronto chapter quickly grew into Birthright International, the world's first international crisis pregnancy service.  In 2003, Birthright International celebrated its 35th anniversary with over 400 chapters worldwide, including Canada, the United States, and others in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Colombia.  Birthright is a fully independent organization, not affiliated with any church or public agency.  Its name and logo are trademarks. 

An estimated 28,000 women make their first visit to a Birthright chapter every month.  Birthright also operates a 24-hour North American hotline, at 1-800-550-4900.  Many Birthright volunteers and clients feel a special affection for Louise Summerhill-- an ordinary woman who did something extraordinary to help others.  Events in her life helped her understand the feelings pregnant girls might experience, including feelings of loneliness, fear of criticism, tension with parents, and even the shock of finding oneself unexpectedly pregnant.  Birthright began very humbly in 1968, with a one-room office and only $300 in the bank.  But Louise's steady leadership and powerful vision ensured that the new pregnancy service survived.  In later years, Louise was glad the organization did not begin with a lot of money because it caused Birthright to rely on the "good hearts and hard work of volunteers" to provide lots of love and common sense. 

Over thirty-five years later, Birthright International remains true to Louise's original vision of personal, one-on-one contact in helping relationships. Louise's Birthright means approachability and informality for clients and volunteers, instead of bureaucracy and meetings in highly structured, business-like environments.  Birthright takes a non-moralistic, non-judgmental approach toward helping women through their pregnancy dilemmas.  Louise regretted the fact that some young unmarried mothers were belittled or ostracized by their relatives: I can never see anything wrong with any of them.  Louise recreated the supportive homelike environment they deserved to have.  Moreover, Louise helped formulate a Charter, followed by all Birthright chapters worldwide, to define Birthright's services, to ensure that pregnant women receive the same considerate treatment at every Birthright chapter, and to help volunteers preserve Birthright's good reputation in the future.

Highlights:

We offer our clients a variety of completely FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services, including friendship and emotional support, reliable pregnancy tests, nice maternity and baby clothes, information regarding prenatal development, employment, adoption, pregnancy and childbirth, child care and safety issues, as well as referrals for medical, legal, educational, housing, and professional counseling needs, and other local social agency referrals.

  • Birthright HELPS...Any girl or woman regardless of age, race, creed, marital or economic status, who feels distressed by an unplanned pregnancy.
  • Birthright IS THERE...For every woman who calls for help—whether that call is for nothing more than an anonymous pregnancy test or for friendship and support lasting through the delivery and beyond, Birthright is there. Every woman is special and deserves to be treated as an individual.
  • Birthright CARES...For every woman and does not pass judgment on the quality of life or circumstances of a pregnancy.  It does not dwell on the past.  Birthright instead asks, How can we help?  No matter how difficult a situation may seem, Birthright helps each woman plan constructively for her future.
  • Birthright ALLOWS...Each woman to ask questions and to explore her options without pressure and without passing judgment.
  • Birthright DOES NOT...Use scare tactics or pressure, show abortion slides or pictures, picket or harass abortion clinics, evangelize, lobby for legislative changes, or engage in public debate on abortion.
  • Birthright MAINTAINS...A 24-hour free hotline: 1-800-550-4900, and a local crisis telephone and office staff.
  • Birthright EDUCATES...Through one-on-one contact with the woman in need and those around her—Birthright provides personal attention.
  • Birthright GIVES...Its services free of charge. A tax-exempt, charitable organization, Birthright exists because of the financial and moral support of its donors and volunteers. It is independent, interdenominational, and not affiliated with any religious or political group or public agency.
  • Birthright WAITS...At Birthright, a friend is waiting, for as long as you need one.
Ways to Give:

We could not do what we do without the support we receive from our community—whether it is through your referrals, partnerships, donations, or time. We are in this together! This is our community...our daughters, sisters, neighbors, and friends. For the sake of these dear young women and their precious baby boys and girls, we as a community must be there to support them in their time of need. If you feel called to help us in this effort in any way, please contact us today!