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Causes: Arts & Culture, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution

Mission: The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit encouraging children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and follow their artistic dreams. Your gifts help us provide art & music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello! My name is Zoey. I've been a volunteer at Dreaming Zebra since I was in 2nd grade, and still am today entering 8th! The people who work for Dreaming Zebra are incredibly hardworking, dedicated, accepting, and willing to go the extra mile for kids and adolescents! These traits show through everything we do! Hard work shows when one of the staff members will travel sometimes an hour to pick up art supplies from someone's home, and help carry them out, because kids need them.

For a lot of kids art makes them happy, and Dreaming Zebra candidly goes and gives help where it is needed.

I've had an amazing time volunteering for Dreaming Zebra.
I encourage anyone who is interested to join us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi there my name is Emmanuel I've been volunteering with the Dreaming Zebra Foundation for a few months now and really enjoy working with different art supplies and making thank you notes to All Those Who donate to the foundation The people I volunteer for our super nice. I love art and I'm super thankful to be able to volunteer for a foundation that helps bring art supplies to two kids who can't afford them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

5 Beth147

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation with my place of employment and then on my own accord. Dawne was so great to work with and her passion for the cause is very inspiring and contagious. Dreaming Zebra tackles a real need, locally and globally in a unique and effective manner. The impact the foundation makes is proven through the faces of the children that receive the art supplies donated to their schools. Dawne and Dreaming Zebra Foundation are doing great things and I glad I got the chance to help them as I hope to continue to do in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is helping kids who no one else is thnking about. Their art supplies raise up the children and their concern brings light to their situation. Thank you so much, Dreaming Zebra, for the great work you do so well!!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dreaming Zebra is awesome. They supported me when I was younger, and going through some really hard times. The supplies they donated allowed me to express myself with art, which really helped. This is important for everyone, especially kids who feel alone or misunderstood. Now I volunteer for them when I can. The work they do helps a lot of the poorest kids you can imagine who really need it, and and I would give them 10 stars if I could. If you donate to Dreaming Zebra you will know you're helping to change the lives of many kids who really need you. -Jocelyn

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After finding Dreaming Zebra on the web, I was inspired to call and volunteer. I was impressed with the depth of the foundation's role - finding art supplies to donate, finding great nonprofits who needed the art supplies all across the country, and working in Haiti with orphanages. Dreaming Zebra was my dream charity come true! Now that I've known and worked with founder Dawne for two years, I am even more impressed. Dawne works hard every day to make sure no art supply goes unused and that as many recipients as possible are matched with donors. I was very fortunate to be one got to deliver a donation - it was like playing Santa Claus! The entire process of matching the donor and recipient, the delivery set up, the follow through with the recipient and the donor - Dawne is very professional and wonderful to work with. Dawne's hard work is only matched by her passion for Dreaming Zebra's mission.

ZHAwesome

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Dreaming Zebra for two years, and it's awesome to see the kids happy when they get their art supplies. The world needs a charity just like Dreaming Zebra and I will be a supporter for a very long time. :-)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dreaming Zebra Foundation has made such a difference in our art room here at Baltimore Youth Initiative. The supplies that Dawne sent to us from Gerry and Brad from Art Collective gave the students here opportunities to make art that they would not have had otherwise! Even though the package was taken to the wrong address (FedEx's fault) and we had to hunt down a 40lb box, it could not have been more worth it. Phone tag and delivery tag aside, working with Dawne and DZF was absolutely wonderful. A truly warm and caring organization that is really making a difference

Brian91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dawne and the Dreaming Zebra organization work very hard to ensure that disadvantaged children and young adults, both locally and globally, experience and explore their creativity through a variety of art and music projects. I am glad to have connected with Dreaming Zebra and I am honored to help them further their endeavors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is providing art supplies and musical instruments to children world wide that are missing these essential elements to their childhood development. Dawne and the entire organization are enriching the lives of so many young people which will wll impact the rest of thier lives. Jody G, Portland, OR

Roslyn O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

7 Juice

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

13 DZVol77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.