Joining In June - Membership Drive, Carrier Raffle, and Trade-in Event!

Our parent organization, Babywearing International, is running a special this month to help the chapters grow their carrier libraries - 100% of membership dues remitted this month will be retained by us! This means that we have the opportunity to really reach for those hard to find and sought after carriers for our library. So join today by emailing us, or at any meeting this month, to help us fund more babywearing love.

A Bit About BWIP:

We are Babywearing International of Phoenix (BWIP), a chapter of the international group, Babywearing International. You can learn about the international group, along with the mission statements, guiding principles, and more here. You can learn more about BWIP on our website, Facebook Page, or Group. Our leaders, whom you can read more about here, are all volunteers with a love and passion for babywearing. They donate their time, energy, and knowledge to hold the various meetings and play dates in Phoenix and the surrounding cities. These meetings are always held in public locations, free to any who may wish to attend. We also have a 'library' of carriers available at our meetings to try on and get help with; these are also available for our members to borrow (more info about this benefit below).

What is Membership?

Membership with BWIP is $30 per year. Half of that ($15) stays with the local chapter you sign up through to help fund the purchase of new carriers, business cards for members to hand out, and more. The other half is remitted to the national group to help fund organization-wide literature, on-going education, and outreach, among many other things. All of the people working for this organization, from the top chairwoman to the smallest chapter leader, all are volunteers!

Purchasing a membership with BWIP, along with helping to support babywearing at the local level and beyond, also has great benefit to caregivers. Membership allows you to borrow a carrier from our lending library at any meeting for up to a month (30 days or so) at a time. Our library is present at all of our meetings, but can vary depending on what is checked out at any given time. Any carrier checked out is due at the next month's meeting in that area, or any other meeting prior to that. You are then able to check out a different carrier, and so on and so forth. You could potentially try out 12 or so different carriers for a month at a time! What a great way to 'try before you buy' and find out what you love! You also gain access to the forum on the organization's page. All that for only $2.50 a month, which all goes to help share the babywearing love in your community and beyond. We welcome all who would wish to join BWIP, whether to take advantage of these benefits or just to support babywearing advocacy and outreach.

We have over 70 different carriers and accessories currently in our library. Check out our Facebook group or stop by a meeting to see more. Pictured below are a few of our recent additions!


Why Join in June 2013?

100% of your membership purchased in June stays right here with our chapter, BWIP! This is an amazing opportunity to help our chapter build funds for purchasing new carriers for our library and for other outreach materials for our community.

This special also applies to any current membership renewals or gift membership purchases. Even if you are not yet up for renewal, renewing now will directly benefit our group and will be added on to your current membership (i.e. if your membership is up in Oct 2013, renewing now in June will extend it until Oct 2014!). What are you waiting for? Join today by emailing us or signing up at any meeting this month!

Need more incentive to join?

During the month of June, we will be raffling off 2 gently used carriers from our library, open only to our members. Every new membership or renewal will earn 5 entries into our drawing. If you are a current member in good standing you can earn 1 entry for each new member you refer who joins (only one referral per new membership). Additional entries can be purchased for $1 each or $10 for 13.

There are two carriers in this drawing - a Boba carrier in Twilight and a Beco Butterfly II in Argyle Deer. Both carriers are in very, very good condition. Boba comes with its original box. Winners will be randomly selected on July 1. Winners will have 48 hrs to respond, or an alternate winner will be selected. Shipping is available for an additional fee if needed.


Added Perks - Carrier Trade-in Event and Donations:

We are running a special promotion during June as well - a carrier trade-in event! This promotion is a great way to help build our library up EVEN MORE, to accommodate our growth and needs. We are offering a 12 month membership with BWIP for those carriers accepted in trade, that includes all the amazing benefits of membership listed above (some restrictions apply see below). The membership becomes effective immediately upon carrier exchange. This special promotion runs for the entire month of June 2013.

There are a few requirements and stipulations with this promotion. The carrier offered for trade-in must have a retail value of at least $80, be a manufacturer's carrier in current production (no DIYs or discontinued carriers), and be in good condition. We are looking for carriers that are a good fit for our library and acceptance of a carrier for this promotion and use of carriers received through this event, as well as straight donation of carriers, is at the sole discretion of BWIP leaders. We are excluding front packs/narrow seat carriers and pouches at this time as they are not often requested and we currently have enough to meet our needs. Carriers may be dropped off at any meeting or you can email us to discuss it in further detail. Note: Carriers traded-in as part of this promotion are not eligible for a tax receipt as they are being exchanged for membership. Memberships obtained through this promotion are not eligible for free entries into the carrier raffle listed above, although you may purchase raffle entries as you desire. 

We love donations to our library, financial or of good condition carriers. We will accept donations at any time; and any straight donations (monetary or of carriers) may have a tax receipt issued. 

We are so excited for these great events and know that BWIP and our members are sure to greatly benefit from them. We love sharing the babywearing love and appreciate your support of babywearing too!

**Thanks to BWI of Chicagoland for the inspiration!


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About BWI of Phoenix

The Phoenix, AZ chapter of Babywearing International meets several times a month at various locations throughout the Valley. There is a lending library from which members can check out different styles and brands of carriers. Visitors to the meeting are welcome to try on and receive instruction on those carriers from our Volunteer Babywearing Educators. BWI Phoenix strives to educate and encourage parents and caregivers in carrying their babies and children. Each of the volunteers believes that babywearing promotes bonding, learning and growing together. You can join BWIP at any meeting for just $30/year (tax-deductible) and take advantage of member benefits, which include being able to borrow any carrier in our library for up to a month at a time.

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