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Archive for January, 2014

31 Jan
Linda

Signed up for the March for Babies 2014 walk? Great! Now it’s time to ask your family and friends to support your walk.

The March for Babies website has some really great tools that you can use once you are logged in: email, social sharing, E-cards, etc.

But, you don’t have to be logged in to ask people to donate if you learn the link to your page. The link to your page is super easy to remember: the first part is www.marchforbabies.org the second part is your username and when you put a slash between the two – viola – you have the link to your March for Babies page: www.marchforbabies.org/username



• You can Text or Tweet the link
• You can type the link in your favorite social site posts
• You can add the link to your email signature
• You can write the link on your business card and give to someone – any time you’re talking about walking, you can write the link down and give to the person so they can go donate

We’d love for you to login to marchforbabies.org and/or use the apps to do your fundraising – but as long as you LEARN YOUR LINK, you don’t have to login to fundraise!

Want to walk in March for Babies but haven’t yet signed up? You can register by selecting either Join a Team, Start a Team or Find an Event on www.marchforbabies.org to get you started!



Have questions? Contact the OFT Help Desk at ofthelp@marchofdimes.com or 888-274-3711

30 Jan
Volunteers

Remember to plan time for your team photo!

Did you know that students across the country (elementary through college age) raised more than $3 million in 2013 to support stronger, healthier babies? Schools alone raised more than $2.2 million! Join students throughout the country as they march to help babies! Here are some ways to help you and your team get started this season!

Get Organized: Create your team online at www.marchforbabies.org. On this site you can set fundraising goals, customize your team page and recruit friends and family to help you reach your goal! Team members can register online and join! Already created a team last year? Simply sign into your account and re-register your team!

Promote and Build Your Team: Reach out to your classmates, family members, friends and organizations at school to support your campaign by joining your team or helping to fundraise. With administrative approval present information about March of Dimes in front of your class, a student organization or even your entire school! Look into promoting your team’s efforts in the school newspaper and on the campus radio/news station.

Set Goals: Work together to set a team goal and determine how many fundraisers you need to recruit to meet it. As a group, brainstorm events that will spread awareness and raise funds. Ask everyone to also set an individual fundraising goal.

When you particpate in March for Babies, you give hope to the families of babies born too soon or sick. For more tips on starting your team and sample fundraising ideas, check out the 2014 March for Babies Youth Captains Guide,. Need more reasources? Visit marchofdimes.com/youth or contact us at teamyouth@marchofdimes.com!

Now let’s hear from you!
What is your number one tip for a new youth captain?

27 Jan
Linda

Aidan’s Story

Posted by Linda



Meet Aidan.

Born 12 weeks early and weighing only 3 pounds, Aidan’s story begins like too many others. Watch his family explain his desire to give back and help other kids as the March of Dimes 2014 National Ambassador.

This is Aidan’s story.

24 Jan
Linda

The March of Dimes is thrilled to announce our 2014 National Ambassador, Aidan Lamothe! Born 12 weeks early, Aidan weighed just 3 lbs. and spent 7 weeks in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Even as a very young child, he understood how serious it is to be born prematurely and decided he wanted to volunteer to tell his story to help other kids.

He and his family visit the NICU every year on his birthday, to honor the doctors and nurses who saved his life. Aidan, and so many other premature babies, wouldn’t have survived without specialized treatment in the NICU, developed in part by research funded by the March of Dimes.

Today, Aidan is an adventurous 6-year-old who loves playing baseball, playing the piano, and doing gymnastics. He’s proud to serve as the 2014 National Ambassador and will travel the country with his parents to help raise funds and awareness of premature birth.

United is the Official Airline Sponsor of the Ambassador family – flying them across the nation to represent the March of Dimes and promote our mission.

Learn more about Aidan’s journey and join him – register for March for Babies today!

23 Jan
Linda

First Step to Fundraising!

Posted by Linda

It’s that time of year again – it’s March for Babies season! We all love walking for babies, but sometimes the hardest thing is kicking off your team’s fundraising. One of the easiest ways to do it is to donate to yourself when you register! It shows your family and friends that you believe in the cause you’re fundraising for and it feels great to see the first donation on your personal fundraising dashboard!

This year, we’ve made it even easier to donate to your own team – as soon as you register, a pop-up will appear prompting you to make a donation to yourself! Whether it’s just $10, $15, or $20 – you can jump-start your fundraising and feel great! The earlier you start, the more time you have to fundraise! So don’t delay – register today and kick off your fundraising that helps moms and babies through education and research!

15 Jan
Volunteers


Do you know a student leader who has shown incredible passion and dedication for the March of Dimes? The March of Dimes is looking for passionate rising or current college students to lead youth volunteers and help all babies have a healthy start! We invite advisors and mentors to nominate a student leader for March of Dimes National Youth Council and Collegiate Council Ambassador roles.

The National Youth Council is the foundation’s TOP youth leadership council, consisting of dedicated collegiate leaders passionate about the March of Dimes and committed to promoting, supporting and implementing youth leadership development on a national level. Collegiate Council Ambassadors are college leaders interested in growing March of Dimes local engagement and involvement on campus and in their community.

New members to both programs are provided with orientation, ongoing training and mentoring. Throughout their experience, members will be offered opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

To learn more about these leadership opportunities and to nominate a student leader, visit marchofdimes.com/youthnominations. Nominations close February 28, 2014 – so nominate a student leader today! For more information, contact March of Dimes Team Youth at teamyouth@marchofdimes.com

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