Your membership dues do several things:
- First and foremost, they fund our lending library growth. Some of the carriers we have were donated, but most were purchased with chapter funds. We work very hard to stretch those funds as far as possible by getting discounts, but there's no getting around it - we can't build the library without income.
- They fund our community outreach efforts. Business cards, pamphlets and brochures are fantastic, but they're not free, and we hand out a lot of them. In fact, you may have some at home. We do all the design ourselves, but we have printing costs.
- A portion goes to Babywearing International, Inc. to support the parent organization. This covers all sorts of operating costs, and occasionally comes back to us in the form of carriers that BWI is able to obtain at very good prices.
Membership is a fabulous deal. If you were to search out a dozen different carriers on one of the online swap groups - one for every month - the postage and PayPal fees alone to buy/sell/trade and ship a carrier every month would cost you an average of $150 - not including any "principal losses" if you happened to buy a carrier for more than you could sell it for later. For just $30, you can borrow as many carriers each month as you'd like from our library - plus all the other benefits we offer.
This month, there's a membership drive going across the country, for all of the BWI chapters, and each member we add gives us another chance to win some extra cash or a super awesome Pavo wrap for our library!
We decided to try a tiered rewards system, where everyone wins! Some of the rewards will go to the library, for everyone to share, and some are individual rewards.
If we add Here's the reward
5 members - standard Kinderpack for the library
10 members - Little Frog wrap & Ring Sling
15 members - every member gets a mirror backed button
20 members - Emeibaby for the library
25 members - all members entered in a draw for a VIP ticket to MommyCon
30 members - MySol for the library
35 members - all members entered in a draw for some BWI Boston swag
40 members - Infant Kinderpack for the library
If you're not a member yet, please consider joining. If you are, please recommend us to your friends. Also - if you renew your membership this month, that counts too! Early renewals are totally acceptable - we just add we more months to the existing membership term you have.
To join online, head over to our Membership page, where you can fill out an easy form and even pay your dues online.
Thanks for your continued support!