Women Driving Philanthropy to Benefit Baby & Me Tobacco Free program

The second annual Women Driving Philanthropy (WDP) will be held Monday, August 29 at Lawrence Park Golf Club. The Erie Women’s Fund, Erie Community Foundation and United Way of Erie County will present the women only golf tournament to support the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program.

Women Driving Philanthropy organizers are excited to bring this program to Erie County through the support of the outing. BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program aimed at reducing the use of tobacco products among women, both during and after pregnancy.

By providing counseling support and resources, facilitators trained to conduct the program encourage pregnant women to quit smoking and assist them in quitting and staying quit following delivery. Enrolled participants who are successful at quitting and staying quit are eligible for free diapers for up to one year following the birth of their baby.

Research shows that babies born to non-smoking women are born at a healthy weight, are less likely to be premature, and are more likely to come home from the hospital stay with their mothers.

The BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is in 15 states nationwide and has enrolled more than 7,000 women. For more information about the program go www.babyandmetobaccofree.org. Enrollment information will be available soon!

Interested women golfers are encouraged to register at www.unitedwayerie.org/WomenDriving.