The March of Dimes Florida Chapter awarded a $3,000 community grant to the Jacksonville Birthing Project, a Coalition initiative, for the program’s second annual baby shower.
The baby shower is an annual event that includes food, games, raffles and a “Wishing Well.” Attendees do not have to be Birthing Project participants, just women with a child or children from 0-2 years old.
The Jacksonville Birthing Project is a mentoring program for women during pregnancy and for one year after the birth of their children. It is part of the national program, Birthing Project USA, which is the only national African American maternal and child health program in the country.
Volunteers and mentors give friendship, guidance, and support to an expectant mother in need both during and after pregnancy. This includes helping her find a doctor, find and use community resources and make plans for herself and her baby.
Each year, the March of Dimes awards community grants of $3,000 or less to help pursue the mission of preventing birth defects and infant mortality.