Sarah Lancaster via Crowdrise
November 06, 2011
BENEFITING: Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Nov 30, 2011
HOURS PLEDGED: 100
Prose for Privates = Writing a Novel to Benefit Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a single work in the 30 days of the month of November. I've intended to participate since 2006, but there was always something I let get in my way. This year was going to be no exception, until I heard that some people treat NaNoWriMo participation as a way to raise money for charity and nonprofit organizations. With that sort of motivation, I know I'll make myself write: finally reaching towards a personal goal while also doing some good for others.
I have chosen Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts as the beneficiary of my written fundraising because they are a wonderful group of people who do amazing work. For the past three years I've worked as a volunteer on their Counseling and Referral Hotline, an anonymous sexual health hotline that is one of the only such hotlines in the country. Volunteering there has helped me to figure out what I want to do with my life, and is why I'm currently working to complete a Masters in Social Work. Every single call is important, whether it's a a woman wanting to make sure she's taking her birth control right, a parent needing information so they can answer their child's questions accurately, a teen wanting to know where he can get STI testing, a friend asking about abortion because the person who needs the information is too scared to speak with us, a couple asking how they can work on getting pregnant faster, or any one who knows we don't provide the services we need but also trust us to refer them to a place that does that will be competent and kind. PPLM provides so much health care and support to so many people, and always at the lowest price. Even with Massachusetts' MassHealth system and universal health insurance law there are still people who fall through cracks. PPLM is one of those places who works hard to help them be healthy.
Donations support PPLM's health care services, especially for women and men who can't afford to pay; education programs for students, teachers, and parents; and advocacy efforts to promote policies that advance sexual health.
$10 - 167 condoms to distribute at health fairs and outreach events
$15 - three free months of birth control pills for a patient who can't afford to pay
$25 - 100 educational brochures for patients about topics such as birth control, emergency contraception, or STDs
$50 - one anatomy poster to use in classroom teaching
$60 - 10 copies of the book It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris, to distribute at our parent education workshops
$75 - one day - and 150 calls - on the Sexual Health Counseling & Referral Hotline
$100 - one day of training for one teacher from a school in need
Please help me support a great organization keep helping people in need. You might even like my novel!