11 Apr

National Volunteer Week 2016

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It’s National Volunteer Week and that means we are celebrating. Babywearing International is an organization run completely by volunteers. Each individual chapter is run by local volunteers. Local chapters are grouped into regions to be supported by Chapter Support Committee members– who are also volunteers. The Board of Directors is all volunteers. Our organization does not exist without each and every one of our committed and dedicated volunteers.

To all volunteers and  291 Chapter Support Volunteers (CSVs), we thank you for your dedication and support. You take on roles such a welcome committee, member management, director of finance, web site manager, and more! You are appreciated by your chapter, your local community, and all of BWI. You help to make sure that meetings are running smoothly and that there are smiling faces at the door to welcome new caregivers to their first meetups.

BWI of Grand RapidsTo our 829 Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs), we thank you for your dedication to our beliefs. You work daily to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice and to provide education and support to your local community. We appreciate the time and energy that you put into building your communities, your lending libraries, and your knowledge of different carriers and techniques.

To the 60 Advanced Babywearing Educators (ABEs), thank you. You have worked to not only foster your local community but to improve all of BWI’s chapters. You have worked on a project using your time and talent for the good of the organization.

Thank you to our 39 Master Babywearing Educators (MBEs). You put hours into building your local communities AND building our organization. You may help new educators to learn more or serve on a BWI committee. You help to administer skill assessment tests to VBE candidates.

To the Chapter Support Committee Members (both current and past), we have lots of appreciation for you! You work many, MANY hours behind the scenes of this organization. You support babywearing groups who are seeking affiliation, support educators as they begin their journey as educators and support current chapters’ needs and questions. You have been essential in keeping the organization strong while having grown so fast.IMG_20150627_113528

To our committee members who work or have worked on an national and international platform; International Babywearing Week Committee, International Babywearing Conference Committee, Education Action Committee, Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee, International Expansion Committee, Legal Committee, Governance Committee, Technology Committee, My Turn Committee, or Social Media – those of you affiliated and those of you not, thank you for your support. Your passion has helped to improve our organization.

To each and every one of you committed and working to serve this organization, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate what you do. You are the public faces of our organization. You are the ones putting in the hours and taking care of your local communities. You are the ones providing free education and support to all the caregivers joining your online groups or attending a free meetup. Thank you for all that you do.

This week also provides another wonderful opportunity for celebration that goes hand in hand with our volunteers. This week we also celebrate National Library Week. National Library Week celebrates all libraries – school, public, academic, and special. Our local chapters host this special libraries and give caregivers the opportunity to try before they buy or access carriers for an accessible fee. The theme of this week is Libraries Transform and we will talk about that more throughout the week.

Sincerely,

The Babywearing International Board of Directors

**Stay tuned this week for a features on a few volunteers who are working hard to promote babywearing and help their local communities.**

See all of our selected Outstanding Volunteers from National Volunteer Week 2016:

Rosemary Cox

Lauren Maynard

Chrissie Riese

Stephanie Springer

Sarah Ludwig

Erin Fabian

All Outstanding Volunteer Nominees