March of Dimes
The Evolution of Two Proven Community Organizations:
Over the past 46 years, Zeta Phi Beta and March of Dimes (MOD) national organizations have evolved to the following primary national program components.
1. March for Babies
Local chapters and auxiliaries of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority are once again supporting March for Babies by raising funds and awareness to prevent preterm birth and give more babies a healthy start in life. Zeta members and auxiliaries in more than 850 communities across America will participate in their local March for Babies walks. Throughout the year, members host fundraising events, register for Zeta teams and serve as event volunteers. Since becoming a national walk team in 1998, Zeta has raised more than $4.4 million dollars for March of Dimes.
2. Stork’s Nest - Founded in 1971; became an official national service partner with
MOD in 1972
Stork’s Nest is a community-based, prenatal, health promotion program for low-income pregnant women. The program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two components-incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients “earn” points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities; attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits, etc. Thousands of women are serviced at Stork’s Nest all over the country every year.
3. Zeta Prematurity Awareness Program – 2003
Zeta Prematurity Awareness Program (ZPAP) occurs annually during the entire month of November in support of the March of Dimes’ Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day on November 17th. Since 2003, Zeta chapters and auxiliaries reach out to over 300 houses of worship annually across the country and distribute information on prematurity awareness, causes of prematurity and the importance of seeking prenatal care to decrease infant mortality and the number of low birth weight babies. Over the past six years, Zeta has documented a global impact of reaching more than 543,000 people through the Sorority’s signature grassroots campaign.