Would you like to be more active in pro-life? Currently, Birthright has the following board positions available. The board meets six times a year. There is no financial commitment required. Officers must be 18. Training will be provided. Please call our office at 412-621-1988, for more information.
- Director for Church Relations: The director for church relations fosters a relationship with the church communities in the Pittsburgh area. He/she keeps the church communities informed of Birthright’s activities and asks for their assistance in those activities.
- Director of Fundraising: The director of fundraising maintains the existing forms of funding to help Birthright to continue and to expand its activities and also develops new sources of funding. He/she works closely with the director of church relations and the director of community relations.
- Director of Recruitment: The director of recruitment contacts potential candidates for board officers and assists the executive director with volunteer recruitment.
Board Secretary, Stephanie Lang
I became familiar with Birthright of Pittsburgh in 2011. A student at the University of Pittsburgh at the time, I attended a Walk-A-Thon organized by Birthright to show my support for the pro-life group. Admittedly, though, I was also there to fulfill service requirements for an organization I had just joined on Pitt’s campus – I did not have the intention of volunteering with Birthright past the day of the Walk-A-Thon. However, once I heard about Birthright’s mission and work and learned of a need for a new secretary on their board, I realized that I could do more than simply say I was pro-life. I have been serving as our secretary ever since.
Always interested in languages and fascinated by the derivation and meaning of different words, I loved studying Latin and ancient Greek and earned a bachelor’s degree in Classics from Pitt in 2014. Despite the seemingly impractical knowledge of these old, “dead” languages, I rather enjoy knowing, for instance, that the word “pregnant” comes from the Latin word “prae” (meaning “before”) and a form of the word “gnasci” (meaning “to be born”). While there is a Latin word “praegnas” that means pregnant, I have read many Latin texts that use the word “gravis” instead. In one sense, this word carries the poetic imagery of being “swollen” or “heavy” with child. However, I always found it interesting that the meaning of “gravis” could also mean “burdensome,” “grave,” or “oppressed.” Linguistically, several other languages (some Slavic languages, for example) have words for “pregnant” that carry similar meanings. Many of us may find this vocabulary archaic and/or irrelevant because we see bringing a new baby into the world as a beautiful miracle of life. Fortunately, medical advances have made pregnancies much less grave than they were in the past. On the other hand, though, I think it’s important to remember that there are many young women for whom a pregnancy is still very much a challenging time of uncertainty.
It‘s nearly impossible to imagine what many Birthright clients face when they become pregnant, but I am proud that our organization acknowledges and listens to the difficulties of those who come to us. We strive to do all we can to show clients alternatives to abortion and provide them with resources to lighten their needs – financial, emotional, or anything in between. Volunteering with Birthright ultimately appealed to me because of our unfailing commitment to both a mother and her baby. I hope that each woman who comes to Birthright finds strength and courage to deliver her baby and that our efforts at Birthright lessen her worries.