Thank you for your interest in getting involved with First Step Women's Center.  It takes a team effort to accomplish the great things God wants to do through First Step.


 Jesus was our perfect example of servanthood  as described in I John 3:16, 18, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters… Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 


Ways that you can get involved:

Pray faithfully   

As a Partner in Prayer, we ask that you pray for specific client situations or needs of the ministry as they arise, as communicated via email and Facebook.  Specifically, prayer warriors are committing to pray for at least 1 hour per week for the ministry and asked to attend a monthly prayer gathering when possible. 


To register as a partner in prayer, please contact Julie at 217.523.0102 or


Give financially     

The faithfulness of a monthly team partner sets us free to focus on ministry, not fundraising.  You are welcome to sow on top of your monthly partnership as the Lord provides and leads but first make sure we have what we need each month .  Your electronic monthly gift will save First Step money, help us plan more effectively, and reach more women and men if we aren't stressing over monthly needs.  You remain in complete control of your giving by having the ability to change your donation at any time.


One-time gifts are also appreciated, especially when we are focusing on raising funds for a specific project, such as an ultrasound machine or Mobile Medical Unit.  No gift is too small…or too large.  


“In Honor of” or “In Memory of” gifts are given to recognize a loved one by giving a gift that keeps on giving.


Event Underwriting gifts are one-time donations from businesses or individuals that help cover the expenses of a particular event, such as our Baby Bottle Boomerang or Annual Fundraising Banquet.  Not only are these donors making a difference in the lives of hundreds of local residents, but they will also be recognized publicly at the event and in event print materials.


You may give online, by  phone, mail, or in person. 


Give your time (volunteer) 

Prayerfully consider where your giftings may be a blessing to us and to our patients. Click here to contact us for more information.


Patient-related opportunities

(Commitment:  Attend in-house training and weekly time schedule of 4 hours per week, minimum)


Reaching out to women with the compassion of Christ as a one-on-one caring helper.  Specifically, Advocates provide peace of mind and security as you listen and educate using a scripted format, in a nuetral and non-judgmental way that guides the patient through a 15 step process, providing emotional and spiritual support.



Able to perform nursing duties as it pertains to pregnancy, conduct patient assessment, perform urine pregnancy testing and STI testing

Greeting and checking in the patients who come into First Step for our services.  Specifically, receptionists provide smooth office operational flow of the center in a friendly inviting atmosphere, and complete small office projects.



An RDMS with OB/GYN experience and willing to perform limited ultrasounds.

Non-client related opportunities 

(Commitment:  Time schedule varies depending on position)

Special Events

Helping with the planning and coordination of the "Baby Bottle Boomerang” (Fall) or the Banquet (Spring);  hosting a table at the banquet or helping to secure underwriters.


Bulk Mailing

Folding, stuffing, sorting and counting in preparation for mailings. 



Basic cleaning of facility once a week.  Supplies provided.


Abortion Recovery Ministry

Assisting women through a healing process in the aftermath of abortion.  Specifically, lead or co-lead a small group Bible study.  



Assisting with client data entry and special projects assigned, using Word or Excel.  


Church Liaison

Representing First Step to your local church body  for special events, needs, or concerns of the ministry.  Specifically, liaisons distribute ministry resources and materials, inform others of ministry news and activities, encourage friends and church members to support, volunteer, or participate in the Baby Bottle Boomerang, Banquet, or Sanctity of Human Life Sunday events.  


  • Distribute patient materials into community

  • College Liaison

  • Clerical

  • Meal preparation

  • Facilities Maintenance

We are willing to consider any gift and talent that you may have that is not listed here that may enhance the ministry.