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19 Feb
Volunteers

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!

20 Aug
Volunteers

The National Youth Council consists of 19 student leaders from across the country, representing universities from Harvard University (MA) to Stanford University (CA)

The National Youth Council consists of 19 student leaders from across the country

This summer, seven new members were inducted into the March of Dimes National Youth Council, a student group of exceptional leaders for the organization. These top student leaders joined twelve other high-level college volunteers around the country to support March of Dimes youth leadership and lead the way with students and March for Babies!

National Youth Council members are selected because of their demonstrated leadership and dedication to the March of Dimes Foundation. These new members have done extensive volunteer work for the March of Dimes and are active members in their communities.

The newest members include:

Brent (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) has served in various leadership capacities within Future Business Leadership of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA -PBL), including his most recent positions as National Vice President and assistant to the National President.

Hannah (University of Pennsylvania) has a strong connection to our mission and is dedicated to engaging her peers. In middle school she organized and led “Team Cupid,” a March for Babies team consisting of her peers which raised more than $25,000 to support our mission that first year alone.

Victoria (College of Charleston, SC) has served in various leadership roles for the March of Dimes, including the Alachua Chain Reaction Leadership Council March for Babies Chair. Under her leadership her Chain Reaction raised more than $57,000 to support our mission.

Sabhya (College of New Jersey) is an active member of the March of Dimes Mercy County Chain Reaction and founder of the March of Dimes club at West Windsor Plainsboro High School, which consists of 150 members dedicated to year-round service to the March of Dimes.

Bernadette (Harvard University, MA) demonstrated dedication to service and volunteerism throughout high school as a member of Key Club International, and as a freshman in college, serving as the 2012-2013 Harvard University March of Dimes Collegiate Council Ambassador.

Lauran (Texas A&M University) began her involvement with the March of Dimes through FBLA in middle school and became more involved in high school while interning at the Atlanta March of Dimes Chapter Office, assisting in coordinating special events and educational programs.

Akshay – Rutgers University (NJ), intends to dedicate his life to helping others and making a difference for babies everywhere. Akshay has won many awards for his volunteerism and passion for the March of Dimes including 3rd Top Walker in Central New Jersey and the March of Dimes President’s Award.

National Youth Council members work closely with other volunteers and professional staff at the March of Dimes regional and national offices and in the chapters to provide leadership and assistance in these programs. In addition, National Youth Council members are involved with other national partners, advocacy initiatives, and with the development of collegiate programs to support the March of Dimes mission.

Are you interested in becoming a Youth Volunteer Leader?
Contact teamyouth@marchofdimes.com for more information on the National Youth Council and other leadership opportunities.

26 Feb
Volunteers

Do you have what it takes to be an outstanding March for Babies team captain this spring? Looking for ways to encourage fellow students and members in your club to get even more involved with March for Babies? Here are a few tips and best practices from our Top National Service Partner, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), to help you be successful this year!

Spotlight on #1 National Service Partner

FBLA-PBL was recognized as the #1 Service Partner at the 2012 National Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL.

FBLA-PBL was recognized as the #1 Service Partner at the 2012 National Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL.

Every year, FBLA-PBL is recognized as our #1 fundraising Service Partner. For more than 40 years, 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!

In 2012 Wallkill Valley High School FBLA in New Jersey was recognized as the #1 FBLA Fundraiser Chapter, raising more than $20,039 for the March of Dimes! Walkill Valley hosts an annual “Super Night” to raise a majority of their donations. This 10-hour lock-in to benefit the March of Dimes includes a night of food, entertainment, activities, and fun. To participate, students must donate a minimum of $50.

Steps to Being a Top Team!

Fundraise Online: Volunteers who use the Online Fundraising Tool (OFT) raise over $100 more than those who don’t. OFT is available when you register online at marchforbabies.org. Remember to customize your page by uploading a photo and updating your message.

Utilize Social Media: Get the word out by dedicating your Facebook status to your March for Babies page and tweeting about your progress. Remember to thank those who have donated and to encourage others to do the same.

Think big! Some of the most successful teams host either one large big ticket event or many small events throughout the year. What events have been popular at your school in the past? Look for ways to improve these events by hosting your own version. If another student group always has a great turnout at their annual event, offer to work together to make it even more successful. This is a great way to form a partnership for future events and get more students involved with the March of Dimes.

Inspire Your Members: Recognize the individual fundraising leaders. Praise those who received a matching gift. If your team reaches (or exceeds) their goal, throw a pizza party or a similar celebration. A local business may be able to donate the food.

Remember the Mission: Let people know that by donating they are supporting stronger, healthier babies. Invite a family connected to our mission to speak at your event, or show our National Ambassador mission story (found at youtube.com/marchofdimes).

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

Now let’s hear from you:
What events and/or activities are you hosting to fundraise this year?

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