DANVILLE —With a move to a new building coming soon, and the prospects of major fundraiser-matches from donors, this could be a big year for the Women’s Care Clinic.
And a major part of that comes next weekend with its annual Walk For Life.
"Just (Tuesday), we found out that two anonymous donors are going to work together to match every dollar that is raised by the Walk For Life this year," said WCC Executive Director Bethany Hager. "So every dollar that people pledge or give or donate or help raise is going to be matched twice. So it will be doubled and then tripled."
In the past, the walk has brought in on average $44,000-$55,000 — with the potential matches making for a particularly exciting time for the staff.
"This could be a pretty huge year," Hager said, "which is good because we are expanding services and have grown out of this building."
Construction and furnishings continue at the new site on North Bowman, and that takes a lot of funds.
"So having a really good walk total is going to help us get over the top to move into that building faster."
The clinic also is adding services and more nurses to the staff to be "more and more available to the women who need us," she said.
Money raised by the walk will fund services such as pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, consultations and prenatal education.
All services are free to the clients, and that's all made possible by the donations from the community and through events such as the Walk For Life.
The walk itself — set for Saturday, Sept. 28, — leaves Lincoln Park at 9 a.m., heads all the way to the clinic at 200 W. Williams St., then back to the park.
Police will be present to assist with crossing streets along the way.
The community can participate by heading to give.classy.org/W4L2019 and fill out the forms. The page can be personalized and then easily shared on social media to help raise funds.
While some people will be willing to donate right away, the Women's Care Clinic offers a "bill me" option and will follow up with the sponsors after the walk.
Online sponsors can pay directly through the website.
Anyone willing to give can set whatever amount fits their budget — there are no "per-mile" pledges.
Hager said the walk is relatively short and on city sidewalks, so anyone can participate. Walkers often include their entire family, including dogs, as long as they stay on their leashes.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
Those who are real go-getters have the chance to earn prizes — raise $250 for a T-shirt; $500 for a Women's Care Clinic pullover; or $1,000-plus enters a drawing for an Amazon gift card.
Ultimately, though, the point of the walk is to save babies and help the mothers as much as possible.
"It's encouraging to see Danville support the walk," Hager said. "I've been involved with it for six years, and I just get overwhelmed with it every year with how excited people are to help other families. I think it really is a good showing for Danville. This is something the community does really well — they take care of the people who need it."