Heartbeat of Toledo needs volunteers to serve as nurses, parenting instructors, and advocates.
Heartbeat is a pregnancy resource center whose mission is to be the best source of information and support to women facing pregnancies and to help moms, dads, and babies in need. All services are free and confidential.
“Our greatest need right now is for nurses—RNs and LPNs—who would do health assessments and pregnancy tests for the women who come to our offices,” notes Pat Todak, executive director.
Heartbeat also needs volunteer advocates who will meet with women facing unplanned pregnancies to provide information and emotional support, Mrs. Todak adds. Volunteers are needed to meet one-on-one with new and expectant moms and dads to facilitate prenatal and parenting lessons.
“Our parenting program is done using a national curriculum called ‘Earn While You Learn,’” Mrs. Todak says. “Using DVDs, workbooks, and worksheets, we help new and expectant parents learn how to be the best possible moms and dads. With each lesson they complete, the parents earn points that they can use to get the baby items they need, including clothing, diapers, formula, pack and plays, car seats, and more.”
Volunteers are asked to commit to working four hours per week, either weekly or every other week.
For more information or to attend a volunteer orientation, call Heartbeat at 419-241-9131. A volunteer application is also available on their website, http://heartbeatoftoledo.org/get_involved.html.
Heartbeat has two locations: 4041 W. Sylvania Ave., across from Franklin Park Mall, and 101 Main St. in East Toledo.