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HIGHLAND LAKES VOLUNTEER MEETUP: Help Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center Prep for Bundles of Joy

Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center Executive Director Jessica McRee-Grabert selects a gift for an infant in the Baby Boutique. Photo by Pam Rodgers

MARBLE FALLS — Walking into the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center is like walking into your best friend’s house. The staff and volunteers are warm and welcome you with a smile.

The nonprofit is participating in the second Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup on April 28 and needs volunteers to prepare packets for school educational programs, make baby’s first gift bundles, and assemble mommy bags.

The center’s volunteers work with individuals and families at offices in Marble Falls and Kingsland. Pregnancy tests and limited sonograms are available along with consultation on resources and options for the moms and dads the organization serves.

After taking time to build a relationship, volunteers offer an array of educational programs.

“I’m preparing to meet with a young woman today and show a video on the first trimester of pregnancy,” volunteer Cathy Meyer said. “It shows everything that goes on.”

Few personal resources and a lack of a support system are realities women face when they sit down with a volunteer to talk. One-on-one educational classes, based upon the needs of the individual, are presented by trained volunteers.

Families have an opportunity to earn Mommy Money and Bubba Bucks as they attend individualized, educational programs.

“Our ‘Earn While You Learn Program’ awards participants play money to purchase donated items for their baby such a strollers and baby cribs,” Executive Director Jessica McRee-Grabert said.

Parents also receive gently used baby clothes from an in-house boutique once a month until the child’s second birthday.

To volunteer at the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center as part of the second Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup on Saturday, April 28, sign up in advance at 101HighlandLakes.com/MEETUP. The center is one of three nonprofit organizations participating in the meetup. The other two are Mission Marble Falls and LACare of Burnet. All volunteers will first gather at 9 a.m. at Chick-fil-A, 2105 US 281 in Marble Falls. You’ll have a chance to meet other volunteers over a light breakfast. From there, you will head to the nonprofit of your choice for a few hours of volunteer work.

Volunteers who select the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center will go to the Community Resource Center, 1016 Broadway St. in Marble Falls. The organization’s offices are in the building.

Eager to accomplish the workday’s tasks, McRee-Grabert and trained volunteers will be on hand to greet the individuals and families with teenage children who are helping that day. Certificates documenting volunteer hours will be given to teen volunteers.

The Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center served 291 people in 2017, and office visits for the year totaled 778. The organization became a nonprofit in 2010 and was started by six men and women who were concerned about pregnancy-related issues in the community.

Contributor Pam Rodgers wrote this story.

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