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.
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 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.
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!!!
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
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.
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. :-)
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
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.
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