Matt Green credits his two daughters for his passion and commitment as a March of Dimes volunteer.

“My first daughter was born six weeks premature,” said Green, director-Business Strategy & Development for PPL Electric Utilities. “She weighed 3 pounds, 14 ounces and spent three weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Hospital.”

It was there that the March of Dimes stepped into the Greens’ lives. “They shared information with us regarding the next steps in dealing with a

Matt Green with his wife, Michele, and daughters Allison and Sophie.

premature baby,” he said. “When you have a child, you don’t expect to deal with the unexpected. We are so thankful that the March of Dimes was there for us.”

Armed with research conducted by March of Dimes, the Greens were more prepared when their second daughter was born premature. “We were better educated, and the research that had taken place since the birth of our first child gave our second daughter a better chance when she was born,” he said. “Although born premature, she was able to come home right away.”

What shocked Green was the fact that one in 10 babies is born premature. “When I share the stories about my girls, I am so surprised to hear from colleagues that they, too, had gone through similar circumstances,” he said. “It’s like a club you don’t plan to be a part of, but you are thrown into anyway.”

Green began volunteering for March of Dimes just over a year ago and most recently was named the agency’s board chair. In his role, he oversees the board meetings and fundraising and community awareness events.

The agency’s largest event is the March for Babies, which will be held April 30 at Dorney Park in Allentown. (Information on this event, or on March of Dimes events in other areas, can be found here.)

“While the goal is to raise funds, March of Dimes puts a greater emphasis on the importance of awareness, and encourages people to walk whether they donate or not,” said Green, who is spearheading a PPL team again this year.

What impresses Green most about March of Dimes is the significant amount of research that has been done to save and improve the lives of premature infants.

“Funding research is the hallmark of the March of Dimes,” Green said. “The majority of their efforts are national, and the majority of their funding goes for research to eradicate prematurity. I can say from experience that they’re really a tremendous organization.”