Spring Membership Drive

Calling all BWIP Members - past, current, and future!

 For the month of April 2016, we are offering $5 off any membership, new or renewing! Whether your Sustaining Membership has lapsed or you just joined last month, consider renewing now. If your Sustaining Membership is still active, your renewal will extend your Sustaining Membership for another year beyond your current expiration date. 

Our Sustaining Members are the reason we are able to do what we do. We want to say thank you to all those that have joined BWIP and supported us over the last almost 5 years. We want you to continue to benefit from Sustaining Membership with our chapter. Even those that may no longer need to do carrier research or whose little ones have grown and are no longer so small! 

Your Sustaining Membership with our chapter allows us to continue to provide and expand our education and support outreach throughout our community. It allows us to replenish and build up our library. It assists us in finding better, more appropriate space to continue to meet the needs of our community. It allows us to share the love with more caregivers and keep reaching more who may not have known all the benefits of babywearing.  
This is an amazing opportunity to help our chapter build on the work of the last four years and keep us growing and expanding to reach more wearers where they are at. 

 If you have appreciated having our chapter here, please consider renewing your Sustaining Membership during the month of April 2016. If you found our carrier library helpful on your babywearing journey, please continue to support our chapter by renewing. If you just love to share the babywearing love and support, join or renew today!  

This special applies to any Sustaining Memberships, new or renewing. Even if you are not yet up for renewal, renewing now will directly benefit our group and the extra year will be added on to your current Sustaining Membership (i.e. if your membership is up in Oct 2016, renewing now in April will extend it until Oct 2017!). What are you waiting for??? Renew today by emailing us or renew at any meeting this month!

Need more incentive to renew?

During the month of April 2016, we will be raffling off 2 incredible prizes, eligible only to those that renew or join in April 2016. Our first prize is a 4 hour free "Weave me a Story" weaving class. Participant keeps the piece they weave in that amount of time; most likely 1-2 meters which is typically enough for a blanket or lovey. There is also the option to add on additional hours for a longer piece at $25/hr. Valued at $100. Beth Guynes, the weaver behind Whisper Wovens, is beginning to offer weaving classes!! Check out this link for all the details about how to get started on a class! 

The second prize is a wrap scrap tote bag by Rainbowrific. Stash Tote, approximate size is 15x20. Great for carriers or a visit to the splash pad. Made with canvas and cotton liner, it features a Whisper Wovens Handwoven panel. Valued at $55. Rainbowrific is a wrap scrap boutique specializing in custom creations and fun accessories! Got an idea for a scrap? Talk to Tanya of Rainbowrific to see what she can do to bring that idea to reality! 

Two winners will be chosen by random draw from all those who join or renew as sustaining member in April 2016, with first winner getting their choice of prize. Winners will be randomly selected by April 4th, 2016 and will have 48 hrs to respond, or an alternate winner will be selected. Shipping is available for an additional fee if needed.

A Bit About Babywearing International of Phoenix:

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 WebsiteFacebook Page, or Facebook 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 five monthly meetings and various 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). 

We also present Babywearing 101 to breastfeeding support groups, moms' groups, local retailers, and at other public events. We speak at 2-3 of these outreach events each month. 

So join or renew today by emailing us, or do so at any meeting this month, to help us fund more babywearing love!!!

What is Sustaining Membership?

Sustaining Membership with BWIP is $30 per year. More than half of that ($20) 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 portion 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. Your membership allows us to grow our library, expand our educational and outreach efforts, provide more appropriate meeting space (especially in summer), create informational items available to all to help spread the word about our chapter, and more. 

One of the most used benefits to membership is that it 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 during your membership, each for up to a month at a time! What a great way to 'try before you buy' and find out what you love! There are also member only events held occasionally throughout the year, extra incentives during our special events (such as additional raffle tickets), and wider benefits like discounts at the International Babywearing Conference held every two years in different parts of the country.

 All for only $2.50 a month, which all goes to help share the babywearing love in your community and beyond. Spread the word! The more members we have, the better equipped we are to support babywearing advocacy and outreach, and with your membership renewal we will also have the ability to expand the lending library to meet the needs of our growing Phoenix babywearing community!


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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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