The history of the March of Dimes is one of passionate grassroots involvement, with millions of people walking, volunteering and advocating for the health of families. But through the years, several organizations have stood out in their support of the March of Dimes and we give them special thanks. From community educational programs to fundraising events, these partnerships raise awareness of our mission and help save babies. These partnership organizations wish to invite you to join them in the fight for stronger, healthier babies. Become a national service partner today!
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March of Dimes national service partners are clubs, organizations, fraternities, sororities and labor groups who have chosen the March of Dimes as a community partner to implement mission programs, participate in fundraising campaigns and recruit additional volunteers to help.
The March of Dimes and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. began collaboratively implementing Project Alpha in 1980. Designed to provide young men with current and accurate information about teen pregnancy prevention, Project Alpha consists of a series of workshops and informational sessions conducted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers.
The three goals of Project Alpha programs are:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. chapters all across the country worked with their local March of Dimes to implement Project Alpha programs. Project Alpha week is the first week of November. This program reaches more than 25,000 young men every year.
In addition to Project Alpha, March for Babies® serves as an example of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - March of Dimes partnership. In the last 5 years, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers have raised over $1 million for the March of Dimes. Learn more at alpha-phi-alpha.com.
With 40,000 members worldwide, the Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle/junior high school students. It is a student-led community service organization whose sponsor is another March of Dimes partner, Kiwanis International. Builders Club members from all over the county join the March of Dimes during March for Babies to improve the health of babies. This partnership helps the Builders Club achieve their mission to provide their members with the opportunity to build character, develop leadership skills and perform service activities amongst their communities. Learn more about the Builders Club partnership.
Circle K International chapters conduct educational workshops, perform community service and fundraise for the March of Dimes. They can also work in cooperation with local Key Club or Builders Club organizations to participate in March for Babies. Learn more about Circle K International and the partnership.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. The March of Dimes initiated an educational partnership with FCCLA in 2005 but FCCLA members have been raising thousands of dollars on behalf of the March of Dimes for many years prior to partnership.
Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers and communities by addressing important personal, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. Today over 220,000 members in nearly 7,000 chapters are active in a network of associations in 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence and career exploration. Learn more about FCCLA at fcclainc.org.
The March of Dimes has enjoyed a successful partnership with FBLA-PBL since 1970. In this time, FBLA-PBL has raised millions of dollars for the March of Dimes and, in turn, the March of Dimes has reached hundreds of thousands of young people with its health education and mission messages. The March of Dimes is FBLA-PBL's only national charity partner, and attends all national and regional FBLA-PBL conferences. FBLA-PBL generates more than $500,000 annually through March for Babies participation and year-round fundraising.
FBLA-PBL is the premier business education association in the country. The mission of FBLA-PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. A national association of middle school, high school, career and technical, community college, college and university students interested in business and business-related careers, FBLA-PBL has nearly 250,000 members and more than 15,000 chartered chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Europe. Learn more about FBLA-PBL and their March of Dimes partnership.
Key Club organizations across the country have worked to raise money for the March of Dimes since 1978. After decades of strong partnership, Key Club International and the March of Dimes continue to innovate new awareness and fundraising activities which students participate in alongside joining their local March for Babies. Key Club organizations are encouraged to work with March of Dimes as one of three designated charities.
Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Currently, there are more than 215,000 members nationwide on nearly 5,000 high school campuses. Learn more information on the Key Club partnership.
Early members adapted the name "Kiwanis" from the expression "Nunc Kee wanis" which mean "We make noise." in the Native American Otchipew language. Certainly, Kiwanians have been "making noise" to meet their communities’ needs since the first club’s inception in 1915.
As Kiwanis clubs sprang up around the world, a focus on children developed into a trend – and led to the Kiwanis International - March of Dimes partnership! On the local level, March of Dimes State Chapters and Divisions work closely with their Kiwanis clubs to serve the children of their communities. Kiwanis also helps raise badly needed funds for the March of Dimes by participating in March for Babies or other special events.
Today Kiwanians can be found in more than 70 countries and Kiwanis family members include more than 522,000 individuals at all stages of their lives: college students join Circle K; high school students form Key Clubs; junior and middle schools sponsor Builders Clubs; elementary schools have K-Kids clubs; and disabled adults can join Aktion Clubs. To learn more, visit the Kiwanis International website at kiwanis.org.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes have been working together throughout the country since the 1980s. In the past, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and March of Dimes chapters conducted project SATAP, Sigmas Against Teen-Age Pregnancy. In 2001, the relationship was revamped and today all fraternity chapters across the country are requested to implement the revised program called Building Strong Fathers Program at least once a year.
With a motto of "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity," Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. helps the March of Dimes achieve its mission to improve birth outcomes, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1914 at Howard University on the principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service. Over 110,000 members comprise 650 chapters throughout the continental United States, Switzerland and Africa. Predominantly African American, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. boasts a membership dedicated to enhancing and promoting systematic fellowship, African American freedom, justice, equal rights and service. Unlike any other Greek organization, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is constitutionally bound to a sister organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., which is also a March of Dimes partner. Learn more about Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at pbs1914.org. Or learn more about our partnership.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is a leading national service organization that is comprised of women from a variety of professions. Promoting their members and society to pursue higher education is one of their fundamental beliefs and has been since their founding in 1922 on the campus of Butler University in Indiana. With a recently renewed partnership with the March of Dimes, the focus will be on H3 Healthy Generations, which falls under Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s primary service project, Project Reassurance. Sigma Gamma Rho also became a national March for Babies team to help support all babies.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s primary mission is to better the quality of life in the community in a variety of ways. This enhancement of society is done through public service, leadership development and education. Civic, economic and educational concerns are all addressed. Learn more about Sigma Gamma Rho at www.sgrho1922.org.
In 1995, the March of Dimes revitalized our partnership with TLOD-TTA through a collaborative project called "Healthy choices: Your future and you!" Each TTA chapter conducts an educational conference or other activity with the theme of healthy decision making, utilizing the March of Dimes teen2teen health education series. Each TLOD and TTA chapter also forms a team to participate in their local community’s March for Babies.
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD) is a national nonprofit educational humanitarian organization composed of women interested in the well-being of individuals and the preservation of values significant to wholesome living. Their main focus includes mentoring youth through their Top Teens of America chapters, enhancing the status of women, enriching the lives of senior citizens and community beautification.
TLOD has 100 chapters with approximately 3,000 volunteers. Each TLOD chapter mentors a Top Teen of America (TTA) chapter. Learn more about TLOD at tlodinc.org.
Since the introduction of March for Babies (formally known as WalkAmerica), the UAW and labor have supported the March of Dimes. Several UAW presidents have taken active roles in March for Babies – Walter Reuther, Steve Yokich and Ron Gettelfinger. The men and women of the UAW have raised more than $1 million for the March of Dimes through March for Babies and other events.
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy. UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private nonprofit organizations. The UAW has more than 390,000 active members and more than 600,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. There are more than 750 local unions in the UAW. The UAW currently has 2,500 contracts with some 1,700 employers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about their involvement in March for Babies at uaw.org.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a nonprofit community-base organization, is one of the largest Greek-lettered international sororities. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was organized over 75 years ago and its members are primarily African American.
The sorority has made significant contributions to more than 600 communities in the United States, West Africa, Germany and the Caribbean through volunteer work and outreach services. More specifically, the members are involved in the granting of scholarships, youth development projects, child care development centers, as well as women's health issues.
The March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta have a cooperative program called Stork's Nest®. The program was launched nationally in 1972. This program has both service and educational components. The service is the establishment of a distribution site, the "Nest," where expectant mothers, referred by cooperating hospitals, clinics, and health centers, can get necessary items such as maternity clothes, layettes and furniture at minimal or no cost. The educational component consists of seven sessions covering prenatal care, nutrition, drugs, alcohol and smoking, genetics, infant care and parenting.
Stork's Nest program objectives are to:
Learn more about Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.at zphib1920.org.