By Andreas Roberts
The Lincoln University’s NU Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has raised about $150 this semester for the March of Dimes.
Both organizations have a long history of community service.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt started the March of Dimes just before World War II because of his own experience with polio.
To raise money, the March of Dimes set up booths during the Christmas season where contributors would donate just what the name asked for, a dime.
The organization focused on polio and funded research until the 1950s, when a vaccine was found that eliminated the disease.
The March of Dimes then took on a new mission: Improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
The charity now helps mothers have full-term pregnancies while researching the problems that threaten the health of babies. The organization also helps families cope with premature births and birth defects.
The charity hosts various events, including fundraising walks in almost every state.
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity’s history goes back even further.
It was founded Dec 4,1906, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Lincoln’s NU Chapter was founded Dec. 22, 1912.
Since its founding, Alpha Phi Alpha has created numerous national initiatives, including Project Alpha, March of Dimes, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, and “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College”.
This semester, the Alpha Phi Alpha brothers raised money for March of Dimes at Lincoln football games.
Go to March of Dimes for more information.