Membership

Welcome to Babywearing International of Saratoga (BWI-Saratoga)! In order to become a “member” of our organization, and continue to be a member in good standing, you must fill out a membership registration form and agreement, and pay annual dues of $30.00. You will become a member of both BWI-Saratoga and of our parent organization, Babywearing International, Inc (BWI). We hope that you will attend and participate in meetings regularly, and that you will participate in our Facebook group.

Dues may be paid upon registration through TBW, or directly to us via cash, check, or PayPal. Our PayPal address is bwiofsaratoga@gmail.com. We are a member-supported, public-benefit, non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Your membership dues are considered donation to our organization and are tax-deductible and non-refundable.

Membership dues are used to provide education and support to parents and caregivers who wish to babywear, and otherwise to promote babywearing. Expenditures may include the publication of brochures and other informational or publicity materials, fees for hosting a “booth” or table at public events, purchasing baby carriers for library and teaching purposes, administrative costs such as postage and web hosting fees, and other items as determined by the directors. All of the directors and officers of both the BWI parent organization and of BWI-Saratoga are volunteers who receive no compensation for their services. Additional donations, of money or of baby carriers suitable for library use, are always welcome!

Membership dues are not required in order to attend meetings nor to check out baby carriers from our library; however, library checkout fees ($10 per carrier) are waived for members of BWI-Saratoga. From time to time, we may also offer our members special discounts on the purchase of baby carriers, BWI-Saratoga branded gear, or other products of interest to the parents/caregivers of young children. You will receive a 5% discount on baby carrier purchases and a 50% discount on babywearing classes at The Bundle Store in Ballston Spa, NY. You will also be entitled to any and all membership benefits offered to BWI members.

Our membership records are stored electronically with BWI and our membership management software is hosted on BWI’s site, www.thebabywearer.com (TBW). If you already have a TBW account, please include your member name on your BWI registration form; if you do not have an account, you will have the option to choose a name for yourself or one will be generated for you. TBW is a large forum-based website that has over a decade of babywearing-related information. While you are not required to ever access these forums as a BWI member, we encourage you to do so!

Thank you for your interest in and support of BWI of Saratoga!

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