Issues and Priorities
March of Dimes advocacy and government affairs efforts focus on national and state policies and programs that relate to our mission - improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. We are also involved in issues that affect nonprofit organizations.
The Advocacy Network is made up of volunteers and staff who promote the March of Dimes mission in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. by contacting governors, mayors and state legislators. Since the nation's capital is in this Chapter, our volunteers also visit Capitol Hill to address national legislation. If you are interested in becoming an advocacy and government affairs volunteer, or being part of the Advocacy Network, please email us.
Each year our chapter organizes lobby days to give staff and volunteers the opportunity to visit local legislators and tell our elected representatives about issues important to mothers and babies. Lobby days are held in Annapolis, Md., Richmond, Va. and Washington, D.C.Each Lobby Day includes a briefing by the chapter's legislative consultant, legislator office visits and a debriefing. For more information, please email us.
If you wish to focus your advocacy efforts on national issues, please visit our Advocacy Action Center. This site will keep you informed on issues facing Congress today and give you tools to help spread the word on key issues. You can also sign up to receive legislative updates and alerts.