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FBLA-PBL & March of Dimes

In the nearly 40 years FBLA-PBL has been united with the March of Dimes, FBLA-PBL has consistently ranked as the top clubs and organizations fund-raising partner, raising over $15 million dollars. On behalf of the half million infants born premature every year, thank you for your steadfast commitment to improving the lives of babies. The March of Dimes is only as successful as you, the committed volunteers who believe in the mission, who started with conquering polio, and today join in the fight against premature birth.


March for Babies

March for Babies supports research and programs to help babies in your community and across the country get a healthy start. Join March for Babies and a million compassionate people in nearly 1,100 communities across the nation, including 24,000 company and family teams as well as our national sponsors who walk each year. FBLA-PBL is a March for Babies partner, so put on your shoes and walk for the cause.

Visit the March of Dimes March for Babies site.
  • Pick FBLA, PBL or ML. 
  • Find your FBLA chapter to narrow down the choices. Choose your state in the drop-down menu.
  • If your chapter is not listed, visit www.marchforbabies.org and select join a new team; make sure you use your team type (FBLA, PBL or FBLA ML) along with your school name in your team title.
  • Print and complete the March of Dimes Fund-raising Report Form

Contact your local March of Dimes chapter for resources and support! Find them by visiting www.marchofdimesyouth.com or e-mail teamyouth@marchofdimes.com.


Promoting Prematurity Awareness 

As a March of Dimes Youth volunteer, you know that one in eight babies is born premature. You know that prematurity is a common, costly, and serious problem. But do your friends know? What about your classmates? And your teachers?
 
Prematurity Awareness Day, November 17, gives you the perfect opportunity to educate people in your school about premature birth, the #1 cause of babies' deaths. Remember all of November is Prematurity Awareness month! 

March of Dimes Grants   
The March of Dimes grants are designed to reward members and chapters for their support of the March of Dimes partnership, identify and support innovative ideas and projects that enhance the growth, recognition, and support of FBLA-PBL and the March of Dimes partnership. Local and state chapters that participate in March of Dimes are eligible to submit grant requests. Grants may not be used for equipment purchases, but are designed to support programming or activities. Grant proposals submitted for consideration must be designed to be accomplished within a period of no more than 18 months. Grant recipients will be expected to report the outcome of their project in the form of a workshop, article, or project that can be reproduced and shared with other chapters, states, and the March of Dimes. Local chapters may receive grants up to $1,000. State chapters may apply for grants up to $2,500.

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges and announced at the National Leadership Conference. Grants must be postmarked by January 15.  


Fund-raising Awareness

From collecting coins to fund research, to educating their peers about the mission of the March of Dimes, FBLA-PBL has been an instrumental March of Dimes partner.
 
Chapters can participate in coin-raising and awareness activities in their local chapter, school, and community throughout. Take the money raised to your local March of Dimes chapter and remember to have them credit your local chapter and designate it to FBLA, FBLA-Middle Level, or PBL. To order coin collection and walk materials, contact teamyouth@marchofdimes.com and provide the number and type of materials you will need (for example, 10 WalkMania kits, 20 Coin Boxes etc).
 
Contact your local March of Dimes chapter for resources and support! Find them by visiting www.marchofdimesyouth.com or e-mail teamyouth@marchofdimes.com.

Service Learning Curriculum
The March of Dimes and FBLA-PBL has teamed up to become involved in the service learning movement that is sweeping the nation. This movement integrates classroom learning with community service, a process that vocational education has traditionally developed and supported through its local and nation-wide community service programs. Student achievement is assessed on related projects as an integral part of the curriculum. This service learning curriculum was designed to be implemented within the classroom or in a chapter workshop and extended into the FBLA-PBL chapter.
This curriculum has five modules:   
  1. Volunteers: How to Make a Big Impact
  2. Marketing Your Event: Maximizing your Mission
  3. Selling: Getting Results
  4. Public Relations: Getting the Word Out
  5. Selling and Organizing Your Event

Each module is aligned to the National Standards for Business Education and contains goals, a teaching outline, overheads, student reading, tests, portfolio assignments, and individual and group activities. There is a strong emphasis not only on service learning, but also on school-to-work and leadership training.

If you would like a printed binder of the materials, it is available for free by contacting membershipdir@fbla.org
 

Depositing & Reporting Contributions
 Now that your project or walk was a success, it is time to deposit and report your contributions. Reporting your contributions will ensure your local chapter, state, and FBLA-PBL are credited for your work.
  1. Print and complete the March of Dimes Fund-raising Report Form
  2. Take the money raised to your local March of Dimes chapter
  3. Have them credit your local chapter
  4. Designate FBLA, FBLA-Middle Level, or PBL
Contact your local March of Dimes chapter for resources and support! Find them by visiting www.marchofdimesyouth.com or e-mail teamyouth@marchofdimes.com.            

Recognition Opportunities  
The top local and state chapters raising the most money for the March of Dimes are recognized at the National Leadership Conference. Grant recipients are also recognized at the National Leadership Conference. Additional recognition opportunities are available on the local and state March of Dimes and FBLA-PBL levels.
Send pictures and articles about your March of Dimes activities for publication in Tomorrow's Business Leader, PBL Business Leader, or the national Web site. Send your information to communications@fbla.org.
 

Resources
Coin-raisers
Chapters can participate in coin-raising and awareness activities in their local chapter, school, and community during Prematurity Awareness Month. Take the money raised to your local March of Dimes chapter and remember to have them credit your local chapter and designate it to FBLA, FBLA-Middle Level, or PBL.

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