SCJ’s Marketing Coordinator Helps Raise Over $300,000 for Healthy Babies

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SCJ’s Maryam Lynch-Tate in Washington, DC during last year’s MOD conference where she lobbied on Capitol Hill with other MOD volunteers and staff on the importance of supporting legislation and policies protecting and improving the health of women, infants, children and families.

Maryam Lynch-Tate is a volunteer extraordinaire with the March of Dimes. In 2013, Maryam coordinated efforts nationwide to inspire and ignite her national sorority members to raise over $300,000 for healthy babies.

The Senior Marketing Coordinator for SCJ Alliance, Maryam became involved with March of Dimes (MOD) in 1991 through her college sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and African Studies.

“Maryam works hard to help train volunteers, provide expertise, advocate and raise necessary funds for research, education, and programs critical to mothers and babies,” shared Michelle Shafer, March of Dimes director of Strategic Partnerships and Volunteer Leadership Development.

“For over 20 years Maryam has provided her strategic vision and hard work in numerous local, state, regional and national volunteer roles,” she said.

After continuous years of volunteer service in New Jersey and North Carolina in various capacities, Maryam was appointed as a Volunteer Leadership Institute Faculty member by the national MOD. Her sorority’s International President appointed her a national MOD representative in 2012.

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

In 2013, Maryam developed a national campaign with the sorority’s MOD leadership team to mobilize all Zetas and auxiliary members ─ over 800 chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

The previous year they had collectively raised $263,000 and Maryam thought they could do more. “We set the bar high,” said Maryam with confidence. “I believed $300,000 was doable if we mobilized a clear, strategic campaign across the sisterhood.”

And doable it was! The sorority raised $317,000 and was recognized at the National March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference as the number one Adult Service Partner in fundraising.

“With Maryam’s leadership, the Zeta March for Babies Team increased 28%, reaching a record $317,000 in donations, and the Zeta Prematurity Awareness Program reached 200,000 people in two years with critical messages about the crisis of premature birth and the signs and symptoms of preterm labor,” said Shafer.

Photo of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority's MOD Leadership Team receiving an award on stage
Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s MOD Leadership Team after being recognized at the national March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference as the #1 Adult Service Partner in fundraising for raising a record $317,000 in 2013. Maryam is on the far left.

“This year, our national goal is $340,000 which I’m confident we can meet and hopefully surpass,” beamed Maryam who is participating on May 17 in the Pierce County MOD Walk in Tacoma. Her personal goal is to raise $1,500. You can make a donation to support MOD and healthy babies through Maryam’s page.

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