Sunday, April 17, 2016

Graduation Gift of Giving!

Hey guys, it's Hannah!

So my big brother, fellow dream team member, and best friend, Jack, is a senior this year, which means that he's going off to college soon! He has been by my side for the past 16 years of my life, which is pretty amazing considering how loud I can be sometimes.

He is an amazing person who has a kind and generous heart, an outgoing and awe-inspiring personality, and a motivational and determined work ethic, and he has been one of my biggest supporters for my whole life. He also has the amazing ability to bring people together, make everyone feel welcome, and turn a group of people into a community and a family with nothing more than the gifts that God (and genetics) have given to him. Despite his occasional dumb jokes, obsession with pugs, and rare midnight drum practice while the rest of the family is sleeping, he is beyond a shadow of a doubt one of the most considerate, compassionate, and caring people I have ever met. Jack and his classmate's love of community service and helping others is the inspiration behind my graduation present to the bright, loving, and intelligent individuals in Island Pacific Academy's graduating class of 2016.

This IPA class is very giving, and has always been involved in community service activities and supporting their fellow students, so I want to raise funds to donate in their name to different organizations that Jack and his IPA classmates care about. But... SHHHH... I'd like to keep it a surprise as long as possible!

If you'd like to make a donation, it will be used for projects on Oahu including:

- Waianae Ridge Watershed
- The Hawaii Meth Project
- Oahu SPCA
- The Mauloa Food Bank
- Fisher House at Tripler Hospital

As always, thank you ALL for your ongoing support.  If you'd like to help with this SURPRISE PROJECT... please join in, by using the IPA Gives Back DONATE button on the upper right.  100% will go to charity!  Thank You!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dream of a Better World Partners with Diving For a Cause in New Zealand

Here's a quick newspaper article to share more results from 2015.  Our friends and partners "Diving For a Cause" are an amazing group of adventurers who always take time out to care for the communities they visit and the world we all live in.  Here's what they have done with your help in a Maori community in New Zealand. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them and they are amazing! It was especially nice because their New Zealand boat captain, Joe Burke, and his wife Kura and their kids, have been Dream of a Better World supporters for many years!  Thank you Burke family!

Here's a link to their Facebook page:

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Thank You for Another Great Year With Dream of a Better World!

We want to "THANK YOU" for helping Dream of a Better World in 2015.  Together we have made a difference in the lives of children all over the world.  Your support has delivered food to at-risk families, comforted and encouraged our sick and wounded military and veterans and their families, and have fed and cared for orphans on three continents.  And, thanks to ALL OF YOU, we have been able to help abandoned and endangered animals and our environment.

We know that picture is worth a thousand words and that one of the best ways to thank you is to share the results... so here are some of the many real results from 2016!

With Gratitude & Love, The Dream Team Kids!

Ps. We are signing off for a few months to catch up in school, write college applications and dream up more projects for 2016!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Special Thank You to Island Pacific Academy and Na Lio Kai Pony Club

The 4th Annual Operation Holiday Heroes (2015) was a HUGE success.  Over 130 gifts were delivered to the sick and injured residents and families of Tripler Hospital's Fisher House.  Thanks to our fellow Island Pacific Academy students and Hawaii's Na LiKai Pony Club for raising money, collecting needed items and wrapping, delivering and sharing gifts this year!

Lindsay, Hannah & Alexa
Na Lio Kai Pony Club, founded in 1993, has a mission to provide a program for youth that teaches riding, mounted sports, and the care of horses and ponies, thereby developing responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence. Thank you Na Lio Kai for your efforts and for sending representatives: Lindsay Grimshaw, Hannah Button & Alexa Sabatini.

Kim - Back from UCLA!
Jack & Carson in action!
This is the second year that Island Pacific Academy (IPA) has pitched in to help us make a BIG difference! Thank you to fellow students, staff and former students... Kim Uehisa, Carson Lofton, everyone who donated or wrapped gifts, and Carly, Jack & Hannah Button.
Manager Anita Klingerman & residents of Fisher House.

Lots of big SMILES!

For more information or additional photos, here's a link:
Operation Holiday Heroes 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

We received a last minute call for help from a wonderful organization needing gifts for teens!  Glad we could support North Shore's Operation Toy Box that provides hundreds of toys and gifts to children in our community!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Seven Continents 2015

Dream of a Better World invites you to make a difference on ALL seven continents this holiday season.  Join us in celebrating by GIVING the gift of health, warmth, shelter, protection and perhaps even life itself.  GIVE the gift that helps kids and families rise from the depths of poverty and despair.  GIVE… give ANYTHING you can… and you will help change the world, literally.

This year, by CLICKING on the "WHOLE WORLD" button in the right side panel, we can split your donation and distribute it to a project on every continent.  Your gift will literally reach around the world to spread goodness and hope to those in need!  Or, you can donate to your favorite project or continent by simply clicking on their individual "DONATE" button.

Our projects range anywhere from buying back packs and school supplies for kids that can’t afford them, to helping with a vegetable garden for an orphanage in Peru. Or, even to help save the Whale Sharks in the Galapagos and Antarctica to protect them from poachers. And, we are all saddened by the recent terror attacks in France, and with your help we will be assisting the victims of this terrible crime!  

We are super excited to deliver every gift that goes towards these great projects and we well be sure that every penny goes towards its designated cause.  Together, we can make a difference again on EVERY continent.  

Thank you for your on-going support!  Love, Hannah, Jack & Carly

If you'd like to find out more about each project and all 7 continents, you can click on the "Continent" links below:

Operation Holiday Heroes 2015  
Fisher House Hawaii -Honolulu
Goal – $1,000.00
For supplies and holiday gifts for wounded veterans and their families.

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos - Peru
Growing vegetables at the orphanage in Peru
Goal –  $487.00
For a gardener, agricultural water access and plants

Maria’s Big House of Hope 2015  
Goal: $1,100.00 
For a specialized "Zipzac II" wheelchair for kids (extra funds will be used to purchase nebulizers at $60/each)

Our Own Home Uganda – 2015   
Goal : $2,000.00
For a traditional holiday celebration for 62 HIV+ kids at the orphanage.  Celebrating 6 years of incredible partnership!

Save the Whale Shark through the research efforts of explorer Jonathan Greene and the Turtle Island Restoration Network.
Goal: $1,000.00 
To help end poaching and Whale Shark population decline.

Diving for a Cause  - Whakatane, New Zealand
Goal - $700.00
For backpacks filled with school supplies for kids and needs for women, all living in a battered women’s shelter.

Europe (Fully Funded)
Victims of terrorism
$500.00 Goal Achieved!
As of 12/3/15, this project has been fully funded.  Any additional donations will go to provide assistance to families of recent domestic terrorist attack.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

4th Annual Operation Holiday Heroes!

We're gearing up to make the holidays brighter for the 19 military families at the Tripler Hospital's Fisher House.  It's like the famous Ronald McDonald House, but Fisher House Hawaii takes care of our US military families.  They will house the families of sick, injured or wounded soldiers and veterans and they are ALWAYS full!  Right now there is a 35 family waiting list to get in!  At Fisher House, they believe that "families are good medicine" and we learned that same lesson when our mom went through cancer treatment.

We'll keep you posted for our bake sales and wrapping party.  If you'd like to drop off gifts or goodies, please do!  And, we will by purchasing gift certificates and everyday supplies for the residents, so we appreciate your support!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2015 Presidential Award Goes to Three Dream Team Members!

North Shore’s Lindsay Grimshaw, Jackson Button, and Hannah Button, have received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in recognition of their outstanding charity work in 2015.  These Waialua teenagers have already contributed a combined 750 hours of community service this year.  They have collected and donated $14,500 worth of food, gifts and support to projects ranging from Mauloa Food Pantry at Sunset Beach Christian Church, to gifts for sick and injured service members at Tripler Hospital Fisher House to funding rescue efforts at St. Croix Animal Welfare Center.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jackson & Moses 201

We just received an updated 2015 edition of "The Hero's Trail" by best selling author T.A. Barron.  One of the inspirational stories included is about Jackson Button, co-founder of Dream of a Better World, and his on-going work with Our Own Home in Jinja, Uganda.

The land has been purchased!  And, according to Jackson, his next dream is: the "Dream of a Better World Academy."  

Friday, July 10, 2015

Saving Lives - Four Paws at a Time!

On behalf of ALL dogs everywhere, we want to thank you in advance for helping us to rescue abused, abandoned and forgotten animals!

We are partnering with Sali Gear and the most incredible organization: Saint Croix Animal Welfare Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

There are many sad things happening to the animals there and it is such a small place that you realize you can make a huge difference and really help an entire community.  We are honored to be working with such a devoted group and when you hear about how much they are doing, it is nearly impossible not to want to be a part of it!

NEWS ALERT!   If you'd like to GIVE, we are currently having a MATCHING gift campaign.

A very generous Dream of a Better World donor will MATCH whatever you give!   So, through the month of July... 
ANYTHING you give will be DOUBLED, up to $5,000. 

All of the money will be used to rescue and provide for these abused and unwanted animals.  St. Croix Animal Welfare Center also  provides safe shelter until all of its animals find adoptive families or foster care, or live out their lives in a safe and loving shelter environment. 

HAVE YOUR DONATION MATCHED... Just click on the "Animal Rescue" donation button (RIGHT) or mail in a donation to our HQ to help little friends like these:

Dream of a Better World
P.O. Box 455
Haleiwa, Hawaii  96712

If you'd like to GIVE to any of your other favorite Dream of a Better World projects, we are still working around the world.  You can CLICK on your favorite continent donation button or on "Where Needed Most."  Thank YOU!!