Support the fight against muscular dystrophy
Half a century of help...millions to fight muscular dystrophy
NALC National Bowlathon for MDA
America’s letter carriers
have helped lead the search for a cure
for neuromuscular diseases for 60
years. The NALC was the first national
sponsor of the MDA and has collected
more than $20 million in the last
15 years alone to finance research
and provide care and services for
children and adults affected by any
of the more than 40 muscular dystrophy
diseases covered by MDA’s
comprehensive medical services and
research programs. MDA’s programs
are funded almost entirely by voluntary
contributions from individuals
“It’s important that our branches
make these fundraisers their own,”
NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The results are always
better when they do. And every dollar
we bring in is one more dollar we’re
closer to delivering the cure.”
|Bowlathon participants representing NALC Headquarters in Washington.
NALC's ‘Fill the Satchel’:
In the 1950's when NALC had “porch light brigades,” we collected money from customers after work for MDA. NALC raised more $3 million annually, at a time when letter carrier salaries were only $4,400 per year. If the previous generation of letter carriers collected that kind of money, we should be inspired to do even more for our longtime charity.
Click here for coverage of this year's event, printed in the October 2012 Postal Record.
NALC branches across the country have been raising money for MDA in a variety of ways for many years. And the first-ever national NALC “Fill the Satchel” campaign took place on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.
Fill the Satchel is held on the second Sunday in September.
Be sure to check and abide by the laws in your community regarding fund raising events and plan accordingly to make your “Fill the Satchel” day the most simplistic, productive fund raiser that you have ever organized.
Locally raised funds must be turned over to the local MDA office for deposit and crediting purposes. For a branch MDA fundraising report form, click here.
America's letter carriers have helped lead the search for cure for neuromuscular diseases for half a century. The NALC was the first national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and letter carriers are among MDA's top fund-raisers, collecting more than $20 million in the past 15 years alone to finance research and provide care and services for children and adults with muscular dystrophies. NALC's local branches are honored annually during the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon over the Labor Day weekend for their efforts.
Branches can now register to take part in the year-long campaign to raise funds for NALC's official charity. Branches that fill out a registration form will receive a packet of materials designed to help branches redouble their efforts.
By clicking here, you will launch a small program (MDA Branch Form.exe) that allows you to type required information directly into the NALC registration form. (If the program doesn't open, right-click the link and save it to your computer or open a PDF of the form here).
Postal Record articles
National MDA Coordinator Jim Williams writes a column in NALC's monthly magazine, The Postal Record, that covers the ways NALC branches can support MDA.