Pregnancy care center recognizes volunteer

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County resident Anna Burr puts in more than 50 hours a week at the Central West Virginia Center for Pregnancy Care’s office in Buckhannon.

And she doesn’t take home a penny.

The longtime volunteer – mother of the center’s administrative assistant, Cindy Winnberger — was recognized for her dedication to the center’s mission and operations at CWVCPC’s annual Christmas party Friday, Dec. 15 at the Riverbend Golf Course. The center presented Burr with a $500 gift card to honor her for her selfless dedication to helping area women who come into the center.

Wiping away tears, Burr thanked her colleagues and CWVCPC board members for the recognition.

Burr spends most weekday mornings and afternoons volunteering at center’s Buckhannon location on Randolph Street, doing anything and everything that needs to be done, her daughter said.

“If it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t be able to be open even throughout the day,” Winneberger said. “She is so essential.”

The mission of the CWVCPC — which has three additional locations in Weston, Parsons and Thomas — is to aid pregnant women in their decision to continue with their pregnancies or terminate them, director Barbara Kincaid said.

“We provide educational materials and support,” Kincaid said. “We encourage them to take parenting classes that we offer, to go to church, and everything we do is based on donations.”

That’s why volunteers like Burr — who is motivated by the love of Christ and very involved in her church — are absolutely critical, Kincaid said.

“She’s just wonderful, and we wanted to recognize her here today in front of everyone,” Kincaid said.

Serving pregnant women, new moms and their children, the CWVCPC offers a variety of resources and services free of charge, including maternity clothing, baby clothing and necessities, parenting classes and more.

The center gives women the opportunity to consider alternative options to abortion, including single parenthood, foster care and adoption.

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