How to Get Involved With the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is an organization dedicated to reducing premature birth rates, as well as educating families and professionals on prenatal care. March of Dimes volunteers also give support to families who have a premature baby in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). The March of Dimes isn't just a local program -- the agency works to prevent premature births around the world. You have many opportunities to get involved with the March of Dimes.

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    Support an extended family through the March of Dimes' NICU Family Support program. You would be part of a group of volunteers that is there to support the family in whatever it needs from the time the baby is in the NICU to the time the baby is taken home, if it is taken home.
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    Help out at a March of Dimes special event or workshop. A lot of behind-the-scenes work is needed to make these events successful.
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    Share your personal experience through the March of Dimes' online community for those families with babies in the NICU. The online forum acts as a way to support those families with additional information and stories that can comfort them.
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    Get involved with Team Youth, which provides leadership and volunteer opportunities for young people. Students involved in Team Youth can become active in raising awareness, raising funds and speaking out publicly. Education about healthy lifestyles is also a key component.
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    Become a volunteer leader with the March of Dimes. Volunteer leaders perform a variety of duties including raising awareness, raising money, recruiting and training more volunteers, and making public presentations.
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    Donate your car, cell phone or money to the cause. You can also leave financial assets to March of Dimes in your will. Become a corporate financial partner or become part of the President's Society by donating at least $1,000.
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    Volunteer as an ambassador for the March of Dimes to raise awareness and garner support. National ambassadors share their story on a nationwide scale, while local ambassadors advocate through their local communities.
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    Create and purchase a bracelet band to honor a premature baby through the Banding Together program.
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    Organize a local benefit for the March of Dimes, be it a fund-raising basketball tournament, motorcycle run or formal gala.
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    Become part of Mothers March to raise funds and awareness by sending letters to family, friends and neighbors and collecting donations.
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    Advocate for public policy that will prevent premature births and promote access to health coverage. Research the policy issues that are a priority for the March of Dimes and write a letter to your congressman or representatives to push for change.
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    Provide resources to the pregnant women in your life through the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes website can work as a valuable resource for information during pregnancy, labor and the postnatal period. It includes information about health complications that may arise for both baby and mother.
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    Encourage your local health care providers to use March of Dimes research to prevent premature births. The March of Dimes also offers education modules on genetics, pre-term birth and nursing for professionals.

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