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March 9, 2010

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March 9, 2010

Dreaming Zebra was able to help us by donating supplies for daily class art projects. The art supplies also allowed us to invite volunteers into the classroom to lead weekly special projects. Without the art supplies we would not have been able to have art as such a strong part of our classroom curricula. We received glue guns, oil pastels, and paper. Dreaming Zebra was very generous with their donation. They gave us a ton of paper and oil pastels. It seemed fairly easy to work with Dreaming Zebra. Parent volunteers from my class contacted and coordinated with the Dreaming Zebra staff. From a teacher's perspective it was great because of how easy it was to access special resources. I know that there are many opportunities to access resources for schools within our community, but sometimes it is difficult to deal with the logistics. I was so happy that my classroom parents were able to contact Dreaming Zebra directly and help facilitate the process.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer schools the tools they need to create dynamic music and arts curricula.

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we had access to a greater diversity in types of art supplies we received.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 7, 2010

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March 7, 2010

Hello, I am a drama teacher in Columbus, Ohio. I was put in touch with the Dreaming Zebra Foundation through a district-wide email where they suggested we contact the foundation. So I did. I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted by Dawne, who wanted to help out my situation. We have many aspects of our theatre that haven't been updated since the school opened in the late 1960s. The lighting is archaic and the sound system is almost non-existant. We have been working very hard to fix some of this, but it's just not a priority in a district where sometimes it's hard to find enough money to buy paper! But Dawne has been working hard to figure out a way to help us with the lighting safety. While she is working on the lighting, Dawne also sent us a huge box full of craft goodies which we immediately put to good use in our musical that opens next week. I literally jumped for joy when our secretary came down carrying the box of glitter, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, etc. It was awesome! Many people who aren't teachers don't understand how hard it is to get the supplies you need for your classes. And often times, it is so frustrating that teachers just go out and buy them with their own money. And teachers shouldn't have to do that. Do office workers have to go out and buy the paper for their printers? Pencils? Tape? As a teacher, I do. Or else my students won't have any. So thanks to Dawne and the Dreaming Zebra Foundation, some of the weight of buying supplies have been lifted off my shoulders. And honestly it's really nice to just know that there is someone out there working on your behalf.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my theatre program at a middle school in Columbus, Ohio. Something as simple as a box full of craft items was so exciting and made me feel like someone out there was trying to help me in providing things for my students.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Two years ago Abled Hawai'i Artists- Big Island established an annual art festival for artists with disabilities. Dawne and the Dreaming Zebra Foundation has been and continues to be an integral part of our success in providing community art opportunites for artists with disdabilities of all ages and the community in general! In our third year, we have grown and have initiated participating in other community events, providing space for artistic expression for children of all ages, as well as providing volunteer opportunities for artists with disabilities. We could not do this without The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and its generous donors! Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) Dawne and The Dreaming Zebra Foundation! Aloha, Mar Ortaleza Abled Hawai'i Artists- Big Island

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

such generosity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

set up an office locally and I could help run it!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

As a child growing up with music, the arts have been a cornerstone of my existence as not only a creative outlet, but a means of development and rudimentary training skills. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation makes sure that children get the opportunity to explore their creativity and realize that learning can be more then textbooks and testing. Every child learns and explores their world differently, and we need to make sure our schools and institutions provide a diverse and well rounded education. I have known Dawne for over 10 years now and she has found a way to channel her passion for artistic growth into such an amazing and giving foundation. She is an unbelievable selfless person, and that has inspired volunteers and other organizations around her to stay true and honest about delivering the arts to people in need. There may be many different charities in this world, but few are as simple and efficient as the Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

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The creator of the Dreaming Zebra is an amazing force in the creation of this unique arts recycling program. She has selflessly devoted thousands of hours to developing the program from nothing, a task few with even unlimited resources could accomplish.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support the recycling of music and art supplies to all learning institutions, so schools are not as dependent on local funding to keep their arts alive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

I work full-time. I am a single mother to two energetic kids and human-companion to 3 dogs and 2 cats! And my "spare time" I try like heck to get my pottery studio in working condition so I can actually create! But when I heard about Dreaming Zebra and what they are doing to nuture the arts in the lives of children, you bet I made the time to get involved. Living in Ohio meant I had to be creative about the ways I could help Dreaming Zebra help kids - I've picked up paints from people willing to donate; I appealed to my own friends and family and collected needed supplies; I've even served as a resource when DZF receieved requests from organizations here in Columbus. I am busy and in my personal quest for simplicity I don't take on many new projects, but Dreaming Zebra's mission spoke to my own creative soul. Kids and art - bringing the two together is a masterpiece in and of itself. How could I not contribute? Dreaming Zebra needn't thank me for anything I may have done; I thank Dreaming Zebra for giving me the oppotunity to give in such a magical way!

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I live so far away from the home base that I can't be as physically involved as I would like and the market where I am living is just newly addressed by DZF, so my personal experience with hard "results" is limited,

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Where their heart is. . . always with the kids, right with the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have had the priviledge of working directly with the founder, Dawne Camera. She has always been professional, fair, and so, so invested.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Enhance the quality of life for 100 million children - who would, in turn, enhance the lives of us all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

I am an artist, supporter and fan of Dreaming Zebra Foundation (DZF). I am amazed how much can do one person - the founder of DZF - Dawne Camera, who really put all her heart and life to help children to have happy childhood and grow up kind people themselves. Dawne was not just dreaming of helping kids to experience the positive influence of art, she appealed to other people to donate the art supply and musical instruments - so children will not feel deprive of opportunity to get art or music lessons. I also really honor Dawne's ability not to ask anything for herself, as many non profit organizations do, but put all her hard work and financial resources to help low income people.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make substantial change in the way our society cares about our kids now and next generation of professionals who will lead our society to hopefully bright days of country

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 16, 2009

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September 16, 2009

As one of the original volunteers of this wonderful foundation I continue to offer what assistance I can provide from 3000 miles away here in Florida. I believe that helping children develop their talents is the best way to keep them out of trouble and give them a start in life. The positive experience I've had with the Dreaming Zebra Foundation has shown me what 1 extremely dedicated person can accomplish when they make up their mind to..."just do it"!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the pictures of the recipients of the donated supplies

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Potentially solve alot of the problems children face who have no access to the art supplies they need in order to develop the skills they will need throughout their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

This organization has helped many children realize their hidden talents. Seeing their smiles when they receive art and music supplies is priceless. Every child has a dream, Every child has a great imagination, so lets give them the tools to explore. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a blessing to all children.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

We would help millions of children Globally to uncover their imagination through Art and Music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

The foundation was born from an altruistic dream that is shared by all who volunteer and donate. From the time I picked up art and music supplies to the point of dropping them off to the different organizations in need, people would catch the synergistic and positive vibe that is at the base of this foundation. One of the most moving experiences I had was when a woman called and wanted to donate an incredible set of oil paints that she received from a dear friend of hers who died. She was relieved to tears to hear that her friends spirit would be living on at an art center for homeless teens. This is Dreaming Zebra and it is so much more.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

speaking with the donors and the recipients of the art and music supplies. It was powerful and joyful for all.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that all the efforts of this foundation have the potential of touching lives of the youth in a profound way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, thoughtful and fully committed to the foundation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

touch more lives across the nation. It could give more youth a positive outlet in dealing with a tumultuous world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 13, 2009

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September 13, 2009

More than the idea behind the organization are the hearts and souls of the people that lead it. This organization and Foundation has a story much like the kids it serves of being pure in heart and hopeful and spirit yet undying in determination to get lifted off the ground and fly into the sky. I cannot express to you enough the beauty behind the idea in helping kids with art supplies but the genuine and caring and selfless soul of the person who runs it... all for helping better humanity! Please give to the Foundation that cares.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. Knowing the person behind the idea. It is such a beautiful thing to see her dream for the children come true. She once was that child that also had a dream. "Every child has that dream".

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The idea that alot of organizations seem to be run with a business mentality and all about profits and percentages. This organization is simply about helping others, and if she could survive without money she probably would.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Smart, caring, creative, enduring, genuine.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give $10 million bucks away to the kids and their art supplies. The leader of Dreaming Zebra has a BIG heart.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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