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Students discuss volunteer ideas for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan

For those looking to become involved with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, there is now a way to in Mount Pleasant.

About 15 students filled the back of Kaya Coffee House Wednesday and listened to volunteer ideas arise for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM).  

Jackson senior Victoria Saylor, organizing intern for PPAM, hosted the Mount Pleasant Activist Night.

“I wanted to give an opportunity for people who were maybe feeling frustrated or broken-hearted,” Saylor said.  “I wanted to give them an opportunity to do something.”

PPAM works with "patients at the state level to ensure access to reproductive health for all Michiganders," according to the group's website.

“That’s what it's really all about, mobilizing people to stand up and to volunteer for what they believe in,” Saylor said.

The organization has two events this semester for volunteer opportunities.

A sex trivia night is scheduled for March 23 and an equal pay day for April 25. Times and locations for the events are still to be announced.

Saylor said she sees passion in the Central Michigan University community and has seen tangible change happen from small groups of people who commit themselves over a period of time.

The organization discussed the past election and women's marches that happened last weekend.

“I’m very interested in doing something for Planned Parenthood because they have been under attack lately,” said Farwell junior Abby Nordstrom.  “Bringing this to Mount Pleasant is important to educate people.”

Future meetings for PPAM will be every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. with transportation available.

“While we have student organizations that are extraordinary, I felt like Planned Parenthood was almost missing out in a way on this power, for this sort of volunteer work,” Saylor said.

PPAM’s next meeting will be on Feb. 8 at IHOP, 5245 E. Pickard St.