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Margaret B. Cooke Stork's Nest

For more than forty years, Stork’s Nest aims to increase the number of women receiving early and regular prenatal care in an effort to prevent cases of low birth-weight, premature births and infant deaths. Nationally, over 80 local Stork’s Nests work to this through education and baby care incentives. 


Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter first opened a Stork's Nest on Venable Street in 1975 under the leadership of the late retired nurse, Soror Margaret B. Cooke. This first nest was decorated and refurbished by chapter members with the assistance of our Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. - Iota Sigma Chapter.


In 2021, Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter partnered with the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church to establish to reestablish a Stork's Nest to serve the Richmond area. It is named in Soror Cooke's honor. 

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Now taking donations!

Our Stork's Nest program is currently accepting new and gently used baby care items to support the nest.


How to donate:


Check the wishlist below for details on what kind of baby care items we are currently collecting. 

If you are interested in participating in our Stork's Nest program please register here.

Have other questions about the Stork's Nest? Feel free to contact our program coordinator at

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