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Preferred Charities

March of Dimes

From the Circle K International Website

What is March of Dimes?

  • The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.

  • March of Dimes was founded in 1938 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, but was originally known as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

  • March of Dimes Mission: To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

What Are Some Facts for March of Dimes?

  • Premature birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy; typical pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. More newborns die from premature birth than any other cause.

  • 1 in 8 babies are born too soon in the U.S.

  • 534,000 babies are born too soon each year

  • 45,250 preemies will be born this month alone

  • 13 babies will die today from complications of their early birth

  • Today, more than 1,400 babies in the U.S. will be born prematurely.

What Can I Do to Help Out?

  • Educate yourself and others

  • Spread the Word

  • Give to help

  • Volunteer

  • Projects

What Are Some Projects for March of Dimes?

  • Help in a local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • Assist at March for Babies: More information at marchforbabies.org.

  • Awareness Ribbons

  • Letter Campaigns

  • Cards and more!

How Can I Submit Donations?

March of Dimes Fundraising Form 2012 (PDF)

March of Dimes Fundraising Form 2012 (Doc)

March of Dimes Resources

March of Dimes Info Packet

Website

www.marchofdimes.com

STUFH (Students Team Up to Fight Hunger)

From the Circle K International Website

What is STUFH?

  • It is a U.S. National non-profit organization.

  • Their purpose is to put food in the mouths of those who need it most.

  • Their mission is to increase the gathering of food at college campuses throughout the country, which will link the hearts and souls of college students with their less fortunate hungry neighbors.

  • Benefits: Helps build a sense of camaraderie and community.

What Can I Do to Help Out?

  • Encourage your club, school, K-Family, and friends to skip one meal. Give the money that would be spent on that meal to your local Community Area Food Bank.

  • Get K-Family, or student organizations to CANtribute and CANstruct a masterpiece out of cans. All you need are cans, and imagination. Allow two weeks to a month for participating groups to collect cans, and have the groups meet one day to build their individual CANstructions. You can even make it a CANpetition!

  • Grow your own green and donate it to your local soup kitchens!

STUFH Resources

STUFH Flyer

Website

www.stufh.org

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)

From the Circle K International Website

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, was created after World War II to provide emergency aid to children in Europe and Asia. Today, UNICEF works in more than 150 countries and territories—supported entirely with voluntary contributions.

Across the globe, wherever vulnerable children are struggling to survive, UNICEF is there with medicine, vaccines, clean water, and nutrition. Whatever vital help struggling children need, UNICEF will supply. Over the years, UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s mission through education, advocacy, and fundraising in the United States.

How does CKI help? At the 2005 Circle K International Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina, the International Board of Trustees passed a resolution supporting UNICEF. And at the 2007 International Convention in Portland, Oregon, CKI announced the Saving Lives: The Six Cents Initiative, to supply clean water and sanitation to children worldwide.

 

What Is Saving Lives: The Six Cents Initiative?

  • Initiative to provide clean water to those in need

  • Currently 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water

  • Greatest impact is on health – an estimated 4,500 children die each day due to waterborne illnesses

How Is UNICEF Going to Help?

  • UNICEF’s intent is to create sustainable access to clean water for communities

  • Doing so takes time

  • Interim, UNICEF has created ORS (oral rehydration salt) packets to save children’s lives

  • Cost of each ORS packet that could save a child’s life = only 6 cents (US$0.06)

What Can I Do to Help Out?

  • Fundraise

  • Raise Awareness

  • Conserve Water

What Are Some Projects for UNICEF/The Six Cents Initiative?

  • Give Out FREE Hot Chocolate or Lemonade

  • Recruit Restaurants

  • Print Business Cards (could hand out free water to go with it)

  • Chalk your Campus for World Water Day and other events!

Website

www.unicefusa.org

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