march for babies blog
March of Dimes volunteers and staff visited the TODAY show this morning to raise awareness about upcoming March for Babies walks! Decked out in purple, volunteers brought posters showing their stories. Briana and Matthew Tortoso spoke with TODAY show correspondent Dylan Dreyer about their son JohnCarlo born 12 weeks early and shared that they are walking this weekend. It was a chilly morning but a great opportunity to help raise awareness about the March of Dimes mission!
Everyone loves an adorable baby, and we’re no different. We’re looking for a bunch of cute and easy-going babies, between 7 – 13 months, to be in our printed material for March for Babies 2011. It’s our biggest and most-attended fund-raising event of the year. Over 1 million people participate. Creating the photos and material is always a lot of fun, and we’d love you to join us.
The specific dates are not set yet, but we are planning on 2 days with a professional photographer in an outdoor setting (CT/NY area) during the 3rd week of July.
- All volunteers will need to provide their own transportation to and from the location.
- All babies must be 6-13 months of age, be accompanied by a parent, and be available for a 1-2 hour window.
- Refreshments will be provided.
ANYONE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING,
please send the following information to MFBAD@marchofdimes.com …
- One or more photos (jpgs) of your baby
- Baby’s first and last name
- Your first and last name.
- Baby’s age, clothing size, shoe size
- Any specifics on your availability for that week (3rd week of July)
- DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE A WAY FOR US TO CONTACT YOU!
- (phone number and email address would be best)
You will be notified either way on or before July 14th
Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
The entire March for Babies Creative Team
Today’s guest post comes from Amber, March of Dimes Team Youth intern.
As an intern at the March of Dimes as well as a college athlete, I have seen so many opportunities present themselves for ways to involve my fellow student athletes in March for Babies.
Many college athletic teams band together in a community service project and what better project to work on than the March for Babies! As the weather breaks for spring, getting campus athletic teams involved is a nice way to simultaneously complete your team bonding & community service project as well as fundraise for an incredible event that will without a doubt benefit some of them some day.
Make sure you let your teammates know about your team page, and encourage them to add the Facebook app too to grow their fundraising.
Amber and fellow soccer player & Team Youth intern Mariel dedicate countless hours to making sure youth volunteers have resources and ideas for their March for Babies campaigns across the country.
Youth, let us know what you are doing that is successfull! Not a student? Consider inviting your alma mater to join your March for Babies team – make it a fundraising-filled reunion!
“As the mother of a premature child, I know first-hand the toll an early birth can have on a family. That’s why I’m here today to open the New York Stock Exchange and kick off March for Babies,” said Sherri Shepherd, Emmy Winning co-host of ABC’s The View and March of Dimes celebrity spokesperson. “March for Babies helped fund research that saved my son, Jeffrey, who was born three months too soon, and helped millions of other premature babies nationwide. I support the March of Dimes and hope my fans do, too, so that one day all babies will be born healthy.”
Each year, about 20,000 companies get involved in March for Babies. These company teams raise $70 million dollars. The goal for this year’s event is more than $100 million dollars. March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, FedEx, Sanofi Pasteur, First Response and Mission Pharmacal.
Fundraising is important business, not only for charitable organizations, but also for the corporations that sponsor them. Donations are a bell-weather for the larger economy, and the March of Dimes presence at the world’s financial capital is an example of the economic importance of nonprofits.
“We’re here at the center of the world’s financial markets to engage the corporate community,” said Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media and a vice chair of the March of Dimes national Board of Trustees. Her now college-aged son also was born prematurely. “Corporate philanthropy is critical to improving the health of babies. It helps fund the research and can help reduce everyone’s health care costs. Bottom line, it’s good business.”
Premature birth is a serious and costly problem. More than 540,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year, costing the nation more than $26 billion annually. Babies who survive an early birth often face lifelong health challenges.
Today’s special Volunteer guest post comes from a top youth volunteer, our National Youth Council Chair Neha!
With Valentine’s Day just around the bend, how about doing something special for those we love so dearly – our nation’s babies! Start off the year with a March for Babies donation to honor a baby in your life – whether it is a younger sibling, neice or nephew, or anyone close to your heart.
February is the perfect month to kickstart your fundraising for March for Babies. Something as easy as selling candygrams, baked goods, or colorful carnations can be a simple fundraiser for you to plan at your school. If you are up for the challenge, consider planning a schoolwide Valentine’s dance, or partner with a local ice cream shop to hold a Valentine’s Dessert night. There are lots of things you can do, just be creative and know your audience!
Did you know that babies who are born too soon are at risk for a heart defect? About 35,000 infants (1 out of every 125) are born with heart defects each year in the United States. Heart defects are among the most common birth defects and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths.
Adding a mission fact to one of those heart-shaped lollipops can have a dual purpose – not only are you raising money, but spreading awareness for a cause you love. Happy Valentine’s Day! Let us know how you are going to show your luv for healthy babies this Valentine’s in the comments!
Each year, WellPoint (the nation’s largest health benefits company) encourages their associates to participate in Community Service Day. Lucky for us, March of Babies is an event chosen by WellPoint given our shared goals to improve the health of families.
On Saturday, 400 WellPoint volunteers helped with everything from set up to clean up at 25 sites across the country. And…in Los Angeles, Leslie A. Margolin (President, Anthem Blue Cross in California – a WellPoint affiliate) led a team of 200 more WellPoint volunteers who walked and fundraised.
And…Anthem Blue Cross in California is a $50,000 sponsor in LA. Three great ways for our friends in the health care industry to partner with us for babies! Thanks, WellPoint!
That’s correct! Good Earth Tea & Coffee is running a promotion where the March of Dimes and you could win $10,000 each! YES, YOU could win $10,000!
Enter and select “March of Dimes” as your charity. Only one entry per household. Pass it on to 5 of your friends or co-workers!
Okay Famous Footwear shoe lovers, get ready for another great pair of shoes that will help save babies!
Starting this weekend (Sunday, March 29), visit your local Famous Footwear store or go online to famousfootwear.com and purchase a pair of the Official Shoe of March for Babies and the March of Dimes will receive $5 for every pair sold! This year’s shoe is a women’s Natural Sport called the Ignition.
If you have already registered for March for Babies, look for an email during the first week of April with a 10% off coupon! If you have not yet registered for March for Babies, do so before April 7th to receive your 10% off coupon!
For Pi Delta Psi this year, the walk means even more – one of their brothers had a premature baby and they are walking in honor of baby Parker Edward Chen. Born two and a half months premature, he is still in the hospital today. All members are asked to give at least $10 or more, but I can see these brothers far exceeding that! Pi Delta Psi, thanks for being Champions for Babies. Have a Pi Delta Psi on your campus? Make sure you connect with them on fundraising events.
Many of our Family Teams are very creative in expressing their passion and commitment to March for Babies by creating their own Family Team T-shirt! If designing your own shirts and finding an affordable means to produce them has stopped you before, we have two options for you this year!
Option 2 – You can select from 8 templates to personalize/customize Family Team T-Shirts! Select a template and follow the steps – it’s that easy! You can add your own team name and photo to one of our templates or create your own design. We recommend only using Ash or White T-Shirts for these Family Team Photo Templates. Have fun creating your own personalized March of Dimes Family Team T-Shirt!
Once you are done, don’t forget to share with us your thoughts and, of course, photos! We can’t wait to see how creative you all are again this year! Submit photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org