The Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids (AWC) website and its contents are for information only.  This content is not to be used as a replacement for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment.  We strongly recommend that you consult your physician or other qualified medical provider with any questions you have regarding your health or a medical condition.  Our medical services are provided in accordance with all applicable laws, and in accordance with pertinent medical standards, under the supervision and direction of a licensed physician.  AWC does not profit from any of your sexual health decisions. Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids does not perform or refer for abortion.  AWC does have accurate medical information about abortion procedures, risks and side effects.

We serve you without regard to age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, religious affiliation or arbitrary circumstances.

Privacy Policy

Last modified: August 2017

We take your privacy very seriously, both online and offline. At Alpha Grand Rapids, we adhere to the following fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask for your personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.


Types of Information We May Collect

In general, you can visit this website without identifying who you are or revealing any information about yourself. Information collected online can generally be categorized as anonymous or personally identifiable. Anonymous information is information that cannot be connected to the identity of a specific individual.  Personally identifiable information is information that specifically identifies a particular user, such as name, address, or phone number. An example of anonymous information is the fact that, while this website may record the number of visits to a particular page that occur in a given period of time, it does not necessarily tell us the names or other identifying information of every visitor. Many users of this website will choose not to provide any personally identifiable information; therefore, those individuals are anonymous to us, and any data collected about their use of this website is anonymous information.


Automatic Information

When you visit our site, we use Google Analytics to collect certain technical and routing information about your computer.  For example, we may log environmental variables such as browser type, operating system and CPU speed, and the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your originating Internet Service Provider, to try to bring you the best possible service. We also may record search requests and results to try to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of our search engine. We may use your IP address to track your use of the site, including pages visited and the time spent on each page. We collect this information and use it to measure the use of this website and to improve its content and performance. We will not connect any of this information to a particular user or use it to contact you.


How We May Use Information We Collect

We collect personally identifiable information only for providing the services you request.  When you submit personally identifiable information to us, you understand that you are agreeing to allow us to access, store, and use that information for those purposes.

On the “Contact” page, you may submit your name and email address.  We may use this information to contact you only with regards to your message to us.  We will not use this information for marketing or other unrelated purposes unless you request to receive such communications.  You may choose to “opt out” of communications by requesting that your name and contact information be removed from our distribution list.


Sharing Your Information

We do not trade, share, or sell information that you provide to us with any third party without your consent, unless required by subpoena, search warrant or other legal process, or where failure to disclose is reasonably certain to cause substantial harm to you or others. To help prevent unauthorized access to your information, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard the information we collect.


Your Access to Data

If you would like to access the data that we received from you or make any changes, you may contact us at communications@alphawc.org or by calling (616) 742-0242.  If you prefer not to have your anonymous information automatically collected by us, you may choose to opt-out of Google Analytics tracking with the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.


Donor Information

On the “Donate” page, you may choose to submit personally identifiable information, including your address, email address, credit/debit card information, and telephone number.  We use this information only to appropriately process donations.  Although no security measures are impenetrable, we use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software to encrypt your sensitive data when we collect or transfer it.


Health Care Information

We do not request any health-related information online.  Please do not disclose any confidential health information that you are not comfortable being read by our staff.  Any health care information you choose to disclose will be treated in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  If you visit us in person for health care services, you will be asked to complete a HIPAA form.


Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may change our Privacy Policy occasionally and at our discretion.  The changes will be effective immediately on posting, and this page will always reflect the current privacy policy.  Actual notice of a change will not be communicated otherwise on the website.  You can check here at any time to review the policy or contact us directly if you have any questions.  Your continued use of this site will signify your acceptance of the policy.


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