Not your average fundraiser

Pro-Life Mavericks- Petting ZooAs the old saying goes, Everything is bigger in Texas! And this year, a creative group of UT Arlington students proved that they have big hearts and even bigger ideas!

UT Arlington’s Pro-Life Mavericks is dedicated to serving pregnant and parenting student on campus, as well as supporting local organizations that assist families in need of support (such as the Arlington-Mansfield Pregnancy Center). This group is committed to educating students on campus, volunteering at nearby pregnancy centers, collecting baby supplies for mothers, participating in local and nationwide rallies, and supporting legislation that protects life.

This Spring, however, the group took their efforts to a whole new level by beginning fundraising efforts for scholarships for student mothers! And they didn’t initiate this quietly. They brought in some furry friends to advertise!

Thanks to the generosity of Westland Ranch, the group was able to bring to campus a fun petting zoo to attract donations and support for their new scholarships. For a donation of $1, students could join in the fun and feed the alpacas, bunnies, goats.

When asked how they have supported this effort, group president, Ben Carlton, shared, “We have held a fundraiser at the International Food Fair at UTA this past Spring, and, of course, the petting zoo. A future fundraiser we are currently planning is a Pro-Life 5K run to be held in Spring 2016. We are currently looking for donors who would be interested in helping fund the Pregnant and Parenting Scholarship. The donors would have their brands on the T-shirts for the 5K run event and we are considering the possibility of tabling at the event as well.”

The goal is to award 1-2 $1000 scholarships and 1-2 $500 scholarships to support pregnant and parenting students on campus. Of course, the amount of funding raised will determine the number and amounts of these scholarships. The Pro-Life Mavericks plan to begin accepting applicants by the end of Fall 2015 to the beginning of the Spring 2016. They are hoping to receive 7-10 applicants and to be able to award 2-3 scholarships of those applicants sometime in the middle of Spring 2016.

Thank you, Pro-Life Mavericks, for your creative efforts to support pregnant and parenting students!

 

This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pregnant on Campus Coordinator. If your group has hosted an awesome event, share your story by emailing Beth at pregnancyresources@studentsforlife.org 

The shirt you’ve been waiting for!

PonC- Drop Card- ShirtWhether you are preparing for a trip to the abortion facility to sidewalk counsel or getting ready for a campus display, there’s one aspect of your activism that you may have overlooked— What am I going to wear?!

Now, if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking “cute and comfortable,” and after hunting through your wardrobe, you assemble an outfit that will accomplish those goals. And certainly, these are helpful attributes to consider in your day’s attire. As my baby sister says, “When you look good, you feel good!” We want you to be confident and comfortable when you are out at the facility or on campus engaging in outreach to pregnant and abortion-minded women. But what if you had a shirt that was cute and comfortable and effective?!

Ladies, I introduce to you the newest piece of pro-life gear to add to your collection– SFLA’s “Pregnant? Need Help” t-shirt. This stylish shirt presents the message “Pregnant? Need Help? Ask Me” — immediately identifying you as the person to go to for pregnancy assistance and questions. Its large print can be read from a good distance away– making it a practical tool for your outreach. And did I mention that it’s comfy?! Yes, ma’am. It’s a “Fine Knit Jersey, 65% Polyester/35% Ring-spun cotton.” Cute. Comfortable. Effective.

Gentlemen, did you think that I forgot you?! Absolutely not! Nothing screams “I’m manly and pro-life” like a shirt that advertises you as a pregnancy support advocate. The ladies love it, and they might even thank you for your compassionate service.

Get a great shirt. Help women. Save lives. It’s a win-win!

So what are you waiting for?! Order your “Pregnant? Need Help” shirt today, and get 25 free Pregnant on Campus drop cards to advance your efforts. It’s a bargain that you can’t afford to ignore!

 

This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pregnant on Campus Coordinator. For questions about the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, please email Beth at brahal@studentsforlife.org. For t-shirt order questions, please contact Erik Whittington at ewhittington@studentsforlife.org