I am a 2nd grade teacher in an extremely impoverished area. Due to economic budget restraints, our school was forced to get rid of our arts program. We were also faced with not having extra funds to provide for art supplies to use in our classrooms. I heard about The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and contacted them. They were very interested in helping our Elementary school that consists of over 700 children. The Dreaming Zebra sent me a huge box of art supplies. These supplies were distributed throughout the school. The Dreaming Zebra is also continuing to work with my school to help provide art materials and support for the upcoming school year. The Dreaming Zebra has helped provide art to children who otherwise may not have been given the chance.
i am an artist and was living in Chicago, I was looking to do some volunteering before i moved back to Michigan to go to graduate school. I had heard of DZF and even though they are not based in Chicago i called anyway thinking they could hook me up with a non-profit by me. Well they did better than that, they put me together with a young woman whose father was recently laid off and whose mom was working extra hours to pick up the slack. The parents knew how much their daughter loved art but they were no longer in a position to give her art lessons. DZF put us together and it was a wonderful experience for all concerned.
The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has helped my art classes in my elementary school beyond expectations! They are so willing to go the extra mile to find us supplies that we need, like colored markers and crayons. They have been so supportive of our desire to offer ceramics to our students. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has enriched the lives of our 800 art students here in Phoenix! They are awesome!
I have both donated money and volunteered for DZF. I grew up in a family surrounded by artists and a mother who managed multi-million dollar arts organizations. From the moment I first worked with DZF and Dawne it was evident her program provided the most efficacious distribution of arts materials to children that I had ever seen. Many months later I am still in awe of what they accomplish - and it's no surprise: Dawne is a fount of energy. In an era where I am cynical about how much of every donation reaches the intended recipient, I have witnessed that >90% of donations to DZF get to the children. As I have said, I am in awe of what they do.
Dawne and the Dreaming Zebra Foundation have been wonderful to work with in support of our instrumental music program at Weinland Park Elementary. Our goal is to offer instrumental music to any 4th or 5th grade student who wishes to participate. Unfortunately, most of our students do not have the means to purchase or rent an instrument. It is a challenge to provide instruments for our students. Many of the instruments in our inventory are old, in need of repair or both. Although I want students to participate in music, I will not have them participate with sub-par instruments that will cause more harm than good. So far this year Dreaming Zebra has provided a clarinet and a cello with a trumpet on the way. Thanks to their generosity and persistence, additional students at Weinland Park will have an opportunity to participate for years to come. Thank you Dreaming Zebra!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
This foundation is run by talented inspired people and it is doing great work for kids in need. They helped get a tutor for prestigious art school here in town for a high school student I work with who attends a lower-income school and has tremendous potential in the art field.
As a volunteer for Dreaming Zebra I have seen firsthand the positive impact this nonprofit has for schools, teachers, and youth everywhere in need of art and music supplies. The community recycling aspect is a badly needed and novel concept that works for everyone involved, and helps to bring creative programs to life for those in need. Keep up the great work Zebra and I am proud to be a part of your team.!
I have been watching this dream grow from a thought - to an organization that helps children in their creative desires
The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is an amazing organization! I began my AmeriCorps term serving at a local non-profit in June and I needed arts supplies as soon as possible. I serve low-income families at a transitional housing location where we do not have a budget to purchase supplies for the families. I posted an add on Craigslist for arts supplies and heard within hours of a local non-profit, The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. I contacted them and emailed an application for art supplies. My extension had not yet been set-up but The Dreaming Zebra Foundation employees were extremely persistent and they were able to contact me via my supervisor. I talked with two employees of The Dreaming Zebra and they drove out 5 boxes of amazing art supplies within 30 minutes! These art supplies allowed us to begin art classes with the kids of Richmond Place which have been amazing! We are also able to bring in mentors to work with kids one on one using the supplies to create awesome crafts. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is amazing! They are extremely efficient and are able to provide their services in a timely manner and have an amazing staff. I definitely intend to support The Dreaming Zebra Foundation in any way possible and hopefully to receive future donations when needed.
My granddaughters are in schools in a tiny, dusty, west Texas town, one elementary, the other middle. Both have active interests in art; programs in both schools are needful of supplies due to shrunken budgets and shifted priorities. I contacted Dreaming Zebra Foundation and was requested to ask the schools, one through an art teacher and the other through the assistant principal, for "wish lists." I was told Dreaming Zebra Foundation would go down the wish lists as far as possible. Not long afterward I was copied with letters of enthusiastic thanks from both schools. I have no doubt whatsoever that the intervention of Dreaming Zebra Foundation provided my granddaughters and all their classmates with a very significant benefit they could not have gotten otherwise. I believe my experience to be an accurate illustration of the care, responsiveness, and positive effect Dreaming Zebra Foundation is having on the lives of children all across America.