march for babies blog
Having a hard time figuring out how you’re going to reach your fundraising goal? Try creating a formula of support from family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Say your goal is $250 – consider something like this:
Start by making your own $25 donation. Then, ask: three friends for $25; two family members for $20; four colleagues for $15; a neighbor for $10; your doctor for $25; and, a local merchant for $15. Add it up and you’ve reached $250.
And don’t forget to ask your donors if their company offers matching gifts – you might be able to double your donations.
Check this out!
Nearly one in five African-American babies in Newark is born too soon, and a new community-based program announced today aims to help more of these babies be born healthy and full-term.
Today, the March of Dimes launched Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait®, a program to reduce preterm births in Newark. Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait is a partnership of the March of Dimes, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, the City of Newark Department of Child and Family Well Being, Newark Beth Israel, UMDNJ – The University Hospital and Newark Community Health Centers, conducted in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson. The primary goal of this partnership in Newark is to reduce the rate of singleton (one baby) preterm birth with particular concern for reducing preterm birth within the African-American community. The March of Dimes has been working with prenatal care providers and community-based organizations to select interventions and develop materials specifically for African-American women.
You can read the entire news release here.
College students from Arizona State University to Yale University met in New York last week for the first ever March for Babies University, a three day training program for Collegiate Council Ambassadors. Collegiate Council Ambassadors are nationally recognized collegiate leaders for the March of Dimes who implement and grow student groups dedicated to year-round activities to support our mission in their local community. Throughout March for Babies University students participated in sessions with national March of Dimes staff to learn the keys to leading a successful March for Babies team, from mission awareness activities to how to plan a fundraising special event.
Each Collegiate Council Ambassador pledged to raise at least $5,000 for March for Babies this year, and they all left expecting to easily exceed this goal!
In addition, the March of Dimes National Youth Council met last week in preparation for March for Babies. The National Youth Council is comprised of the Foundation’s top college volunteer leaders committed to promoting, supporting, and implementing youth leadership development initiatives. As a council, they plan to raise at least $20,000 for March for Babies.
Are you a student interested in becoming a March of Dimes leader or do you know a student leader who would like to further their volunteer efforts with the March of Dimes as part of our National Youth Council or Collegiate Council Ambassador program? We are currently accepting nominations for the 2012-2013 academic year. Please visit http://bit.ly/AgYNKz for additional information about both programs and instructions on nominating a student leader.
Nominations are due February 15 and must be made by a local March of Dimes staff person or advisor.
Now, we want to hear from you!
What is your 2012 March for Babies goal?
What are some fundraisers you plan to host?
March of Dimes 2012 National Ambassador Kieran Wittstuck (age 6) and 2011 National Ambassador Lauren Fleming (age 8 ) were joined by their families and Mr. Gary Dixon, member of the March of Dimes national Board of Trustees, for a private meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House yesterday.
These special volunteers represented the March of Dimes Foundation and the more than half a million babies born prematurely in the United States each year. This visit continues a 66-year tradition of bringing March of Dimes National Ambassadors to the White House. National Ambassadors have met with every U.S. President since President Harry S. Truman. Follow our National Ambassador’s March for Babies® season travels at Kieran’s Blog.
In photo: (Left to right) Gary Dixon of Dallas, Texas, member of the March of Dimes national Board of Trustees, was joined by the March of Dimes 2012 National Ambassador family (Shalini, Shane and Kieran Wittstruck of Seattle, Wash.) and the March of Dimes 2011 National Ambassador family (Nikki and Densel Fleming (holding son Corbin), Ambassador Lauren and her little sister Erin, of Charlotte, N.C.)
Photo Credit: March of Dimes