Giving babies a healthy start
The Kiwanis Solution
Since the 1940s, Kiwanis International has worked closely with March of Dimes to serve the children of their communities. Kiwanis members are helping by raising thousands of dollars annually through various programs, including March for Babies.
About March of Dimes
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. March of Dimes was founded by the United State's 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the fight against polio. After the discovery of the polio vaccine, March of Dimes focused its efforts to improve the health of babies and has been successful with the help and enthusiasm of many grassroots volunteers like the Kiwanis family.
Signature Projects March for Babies
One great way to support March of Dimes is by participating in its largest annual fundraiser, March for Babies. Sign-up at marchforbabies.org/Kiwanis
and if you don't see your team listed, you can start a new team at marchforbabies.org
– make sure you include Kiwanis in your team name! You can also contact your local office to see what volunteer needs the local March for Babies site might have that your Kiwanis club can support.
November is Prematurity Awareness Month
Did you know 1 in 8 babies are born prematurely? More than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year. Premature birth is the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, lung problems and vision and hearing loss. November is when the March of Dimes focuses everyone's attention on the impact premature birth has on babies and families.
Throughout the month of November and on World Prematurity Day, November 17, Kiwanis International can support the March of Dimes mission by raising public awareness of the serious issue concerning premature babies.