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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 fundraisers, 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.

MDA in the Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign number for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is 10561.

Fundraising report form: Members, please send your checks to MDA. Locally raised funds must be turned over to the local MDA office for deposit and crediting purposes. Click here to download the form.

Social media

Deliver the Cure (NALC’s special Facebook page for our MDA campaign)

MDA on Facebook and Twitter

MDA camps

2015 Camp List (Excel)

NALC honors branches’ MDA support

From the August 2015 Postal Record. Click here for a printable version of this article.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the NALC’s only official charity, and the union’s commitment to delivering for the cure remains firm.

As part of that commitment, NALC President Fredric Rolando hosted a dinner reception in West Palm Beach, FL, on June 10 to honor the top branches in 10 size categories along with one grand prize winner.

“Throughout the year, branches from coast to coast do amazing work, raising funds to help MDA conduct research to find a cure for these diseases, as well as to help families coping with them,” Rolando said. “I thank all of the branches that contribute.” (Click here for a complete list of branches’ contributions.)

The annual awards dinner capped an eventful day for the branch representatives, who had earlier visited MDA Summer Camp Gold Coast, a week-long summer camp in Lake Worth, FL, for youngsters who have muscular dystrophy.

While there, the branch representatives and MDA campers played a bowling and duck race game, wrote letters and drew pictures for NALC branches, and won location-specific prizes in a ZIP code spin game.

“It warms my heart to see what NALC members can do when they work together for a good cause,” Rolando said later. “I know that working together with all of the great organizations that have teamed up with MDA, we will deliver a cure.”

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related diseases by funding worldwide research. MDA also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through research programs, medical and support services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

MDA sponsors some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics and supports more than 330 research projects around the world. It also supports more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization. Scientists at MDA are in the forefront of gene therapy research and have uncovered the genetic defects responsible for several forms of muscular dystrophy. MDA’s comprehensive services program includes diagnostic and follow-up medical consultations, flu shots, support groups and MDA summer camps for youngsters.

MDA has always been appreciative of NALC’s support over the years. “Letter carriers are the face of our Postal Service and a part of the fabric of every American community,” an MDA representative said. “We couldn’t be more proud to be partnered with them.”

Muscle Walks

Muscle Walk

The MDA Muscle Walk is a series of fun, non-competitive local walks held across the country, funding research and services for people with any of more than 40 muscle-damaging diseases.

The largest event of its kind in the United States, Muscle Walk gives you the opportunity to:

  • honor adults and children with any of the more than 40 muscle diseases in MDA’s program;
  • walk to have fun and get some light exercise with kids, friends, parents, grandparents, students, corporate teams and more; and
  • raise funds to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association support research and provide vital services to families affected by neuromuscular disease.

For information, to register and start fundraising, visit walk.mda.org. Click here to find an MDA Muscle Walk near you.

Three more ways you can help:

  • Make a donation on MDA’s secure Web page. It’s quick, easy and tax-deductible. Go to musclewalk.org and click on “Donate.”
  • Join other volunteers and share your time and talent to support walk recruitment, team coaching, pre-event coordination, legwork and behind-the-scenes muscle.
  • Join MDA National on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word. Share the latest on your Muscle Walk event, support your team and connect with our nationwide community of people—just like you—who are participating in the MDA Muscle Walk.

Fundraising report form: Members, please send your checks to MDA. Locally raised funds must be turned over to the local MDA office for deposit and crediting purposes. Click here to download the form.

Bowlathon

MDA Bowlathon manual. An updated activity report form is coming soon.

Branch 197 MDA Coordinator Donna Sterner has worked up a PowerPoint presentation designed to help other coordinators gather support for the annual Bowlathon for MDA. Click here to download the PowerPoint file. Click here to download a PDF version of the file.

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 and organizations.

“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.”

Bowling

Fundraising report form: Members, please send your checks to MDA. Locally raised funds must be turned over to the local MDA office for deposit and crediting purposes. Click here to download the form.

Fill the Satchel

Fill the Satchel

Click the links to download Fill the Satchel artwork:

Official Fill the Satchel manual.

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 2012’s event, printed in the October 2012 Postal Record.

Fill the Satchel

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 typically 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 simplest yet most productive fundraiser that you have ever organized.

Fundraising report form: Members, please send your checks to MDA. Locally raised funds must be turned over to the local MDA office for deposit and crediting purposes. Click here to download the form.

Motorcycle Club

Join the National Letter Carriers Motorcycle Club

Motorcycle Club

It doesn’t matter whether you own a bike or not—all are welcome to join.

Simply print, fill out and mail in the application to NALC Headquarters, 100 Indiana Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001-2144. The cost is $35, which includes two patches (see image), a hat and a pin. Make check payable to NALC.

For each membership, MDA receives $20—the rest goes to our supplier.