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19 Feb
Volunteers

Spotlight on #1 National Service Partner: FBLA-PBL

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FBLA-PBL at VLC

For more than 40 years, Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) has been an enthusiastic supporter of the March of Dimes, educating countless members of the community and raising more than $15 million to support our mission! At the 2013 Volunteer Leadership Conference they were recognized as the 2013 #1 Top Fundraising National Service Partner raising more than $470,000!

We got to speak with the Cole Simmons, FBLA National President, and Donnie Iorio, PBL National President, about their experiences as student leaders working with March of Dimes, as well as gain some fundraising tips and advice for students.

Q: What motivated you to volunteer & participate in March for Babies and March of Dimes?

Cole Simmons (FBLA National President): I only learned about the March of Dimes upon joining FBLA, but soon discovered it was much more than just another organization. There is no arguing that the work that the March of Dimes does impacts our future. Seeing the stories of the lives saved by the March of Dimes has been what has motivated me to get involved!

Donnie Iorio (PBL National President): My local [FBLA] chapter advisor in high school motivated our chapter to attend the March for Babies in our county – from then on, I was hooked!

Q: Why do you think it is important for youth to be involved in March for Babies & March of Dimes?

Cole: It is important for youth to be involved because it sets the stage for a lifetime of service! In addition, youth can be some of the most energetic, passionate, and productive contributors to organizations like the March of Dimes.

Donnie: This is my favorite question!  Back when the March of Dimes was started, 75 years ago, the mission wasn’t to improve the health of babies–it was to eradicate polio, a terrible illness that primarily effected the youth in our country.  FDR, the President of the United States, asked that families send their dimes to the White House.  Children went door to door, one dime at a time, knowing that what they were doing was making a difference.  Though Polio has been eradicated, the March of Dimes mission still remains the same – helping the Youth live healthier lives.  That is why it is so important that we, as youth, contribute to the mission.

Q: And finally, tell us your #1 fundraising tip!  

Cole: Show your passion! When you are fundraising, you are essentially selling an idea. To make others believe in it, you have to show that you believe in it yourself!

Donnie: THANK people on Facebook!  Seriously, every time someone donates, dedicate a Facebook status update to them thanking them for their donation!  I find that not only is this a nice gesture, but it prompts others to donate to your cause!

Thank you, FBLA-PBL for your continued dedication and passion to our mission! And thank you Cole and Donnie for your insightful tips and expertise!

For more tips and advice for successfully leading your team during March for Babies, check out the 2014 March for Babies Youth Captains Guide available at www.marchofdimes.com/youth. Here you can find a step-by-step guide to leading your team and hosting events at school and within your community. Contact us at teamyouth@marchofdimes.com for more ways to get involved!

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