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.
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.
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!
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.
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.!