My volunteerism at Dreaming Zebra (DZ) started because I am an avid supporter of the adult coloring book movement. While in a particularly stressful time in my life the healing power of colored markers and paper was a welcomed surprise. One day while purchasing coloring books from Lang Graphics, I discovered the “Coloring for a Cause” initiative, where a portion of the sales from their coloring books were being donated to Dreaming Zebra. After speaking at length with Dawne Camera, the Executive Director and Founder of DZ, her commitment and passion to providing children in need with an outlet for creative expression was astounding and more than a little contagious. As a life-long lover of the arts myself, I practically begged for an opportunity to volunteer. My time with DZ has been extremely rewarding no matter what I have helped with; but I must say the day Dawne sent me a photo of children I helped set-up a supplies drive for holding up a “Thank You Dreaming Zebra” sign has been one of the best. I realize we are not donating food or clothing, as lifesaving as those things are, helping underprivileged kids develop self-esteem, social and emotional skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills is pretty awesome too! I thank God every day for my affiliation with this organization; most of the time I think I probably get more from it than the kids do.
We have had such a positive experience with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation! Dawne has been incredible in locking into the needs of our organization and bringing opportunities to the table that we would have never thought of or had access to. Through her suppport, we have been able to take advantage of new relationships and receive art supplies for our whole fiscal year. That's enough to supplies to provide to over 1,000 youth at several homeless shelters around Atlanta for a year. What a wonderful gift! This is such a relief and equips us with the tools to really focus in on the ongoing well being of our teens.
The thing I appreciate the most about The Foundation is the selflessness of the way they give. They are truly invested in making sure the youth are well taken care of and play their part with the fullness and swiftness we could only hope for every organization to have. It has been truly an honor to be a recipient of their giving and we look forward to a continued relationship.
My love for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation began in 2015 when the CEO sent me a thank you package after I donating over $300 that I had earned from teaching art lessons to young kids. The package included pictures, a personal letter, and a painting. I later became a youth volenteer, which allows me to get an inside view of how the Dreaming Zebra is impacting the lives of underprivileged children and teens. I am truly amazed with everything that the DZF has accomplished, for they have inspired thousands of kids world wide through art. The well organized non-profit is allowing children to discover their voice and explore their creativity, which is both inspiring and crucial to society today. Donate today to ensure a more colorful tomorrow!!
I was thrilled when the Dreaming Zebra Foundation reached out to me to donate materials for my classroom. They recognized the massive need for arts funding at my rural Louisiana high school and were incredibly gracious, supportive, and helpful in making sure my students could finish out their school year with an art room full of supplies. They were excellent in communicating with me during the process of determining my needs and delivering the materials. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has touched many lives in the Louisiana Delta through their superb arts advocacy!
Great organization. Keeping the arts vibrant for the kids. Glad to see donations directly affect kids.
It's amazing that they give so many children and families an outlet. Art is needed everywhere and this charity makes it possible. Keep it up!
Dreaming Zebra was able to help us renew our commitment to Arts integration by allowing us to overcome obstacles of material supplies. They have been committed to getting us everything we need, and have been knowledgeable in starting us to high quality products that truly fill our needs - better products than we even thought to ask for in the beginning!!
WOW! Dreaming Zebra has been an incredible partner for Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP). They have made it possible for us to live our mission of bringing the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges by providing incredibly generous donations of brand-new art supplies, securing a huge gift card to our favorite art supply store and negotiating amazing prices with certain vendors of the items we need most. In 2015 we provided over 11,000 healing art experiences; with their help, we think we can exceed that number for 2016.
Because we deal with so many immune-suppressed children, having brand-new and wrapped supplies is a must. Dreaming Zebra has worked with us to be clear on what works well and doesn't work for our programming and has always come through with exactly what we need. We are so, SO grateful for this partnership!
I have had the privilege of working with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation in recent weeks and cannot even begin to sing my praises of both the foundation and those who are behind the scenes. As I was reading the other reviews below, I saw someone refer to Dawne's passion for this cause as 'contagious'- and that is exactly how it is. I am truly in awe by all that she and her team have done for children all over the globe and very proud to be a small part of such a great cause.
Dreaming Zebra is doing such great work in the US and overseas. It's really inspiring to see how hard everyone on the team works to get art supplies to kids in need. I'm proud to be supporting them.