Friday, June 23, 2017

URGENT NEEDS... Who's Hungry?

Aloha Friends!

We have just received URGENT news that the Mauloa Food Panty is dangerously low on FOOD and HYGIENE items!  Hawaii's growing epidemic of homeless and food insecure families is often hidden away because of our tourist based economy.  Even though Hawaii seems like paradise, on any given day there are at least 6,000 homeless and 33% of them are children. 

The City and County of Oahu estimates that 32% of the North Shore families are food insecure during the year!

Over 70,000 are living in poverty.

Last year, we managed to fill the pantry twice, but at the moment it's nearly empty! They NEED our HELP! 

Here is a list of particularly favored items at the Mauloa Food Pantry:
  • DRIED SOUP in packages, like CUP OF NOODLES
  • Snack, Granola or Energy-type Bars
  • Instant Oatmeal in individual containers (Express Cups)
  • Spam Classic (Preferred in single packs)
  • Tuna in single packs or easy pull tops.
  • Peanut Butter in individual single use packs 
  • Saltine Crackers in small packs
  • Small tubes of Shampoo
  • Small individual packs of soap
  • Tampax Tampons 
  • Disposable Toothbrush with tooth paste - Individually wrapped
  • Disposable Razor with Cream - Individually wrapped
  • Small Cotton Washcloths
If you're shopping on AMAZON and would like to add a few of these items to your order: CLICK HERE!   Or, you can ship these items directly to our headquarters.
ANY canned, boxed or packaged and unopened items will be appreciated!  However, it will be especially helpful if the items are individually wrapped or in small or individual sizes., if you would rather DONATE MONEY, we can buy the items... CLICK this image, or the DONATE BUTTON on the upper right labelled: HELP THE HUNGRY!
Any amount helps! Check out the AMAZON LIST:

Dream of a Better World
68-505 Crozier Dr
Waialua, HI  96791  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

You're Invited to Join DFAC and Dream of a Better World in 2018

Hi Everyone,
Thank you for all your enthusiasm about our work with Diving for a Cause! We love what they do, too, and plan to continue partnering with them in New Zealand and even maybe expanding globally into other areas of the world with them. It's such a win/win for everyone involved!  For those of you who don't know, Diving for a Cause takes spear fishermen and women on diving trips around the world. But this isn't just a diving trip; it's also a way to give back to the local communities. 

As a charitable organization, DFAC's main goals are:  

1) To serve impoverished communities by working with needy children, supplying food, school supplies and community improvements at no cost, and; 

2) to provide a means for spearfishermen to give back to those in need, using their unique skills."

The divers catch fish, and then bring the fish back and donate most of it to local food banks or needy families in the towns where they caught the fish. Since we have joined them, they also spend several days of their trip volunteering in the community doing work and helping
where needed. This is where we come in! Through our fundraising, they can make big changes for the local Maori kids, their school programs, the women's shelter, and for families in need. We hope you will join us later this year when we choose the projects for the 2018 excursian to Whakatane, New Zealand!

And for anyone interested in going along on this trip and fishing, please contact us and we will get you in touch with Diving For a Cause! We'd love to have one of our supporters go on an adventure with them! Here are some details!

Come join Diving For A Cause in New Zealand in February 2018, Feb 5-15


Find out more from their website:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Ten Year Anniversary Note

April 15th, 2017

Hi everybody, it's Hannah Button, and I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your support. I also wanted to update our newer supporters with where we are currently in regards to our projects with Dream of a Better World.

As most of you know, Dream of a Better World was founded almost ten years ago when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, our first project was to write a fundraising cookbook to raise money for breast cancer research.  I am happy to report that she is doing well and we have not stopped volunteering and fundraising since then.  Thanks to Amazon, the book is still available and raising money  today!

Since then, we have raised over $300,000 in donations of money and needed items.  And, we have  completed over 50 projects, including at least one on every single continent. We have partnered with orphanages in Africa, South America, and Asia. We have worked with charities devoted to making safe places for abused women, tracking and conserving endangered species, establishing
homes and providing medical care for wounded or ill military families, finding shelters (an eventually, homes) for all types of animals, feeding the homeless, and everything in between. None of that would have been done without your support.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank some other very important people who have devoted countless hours to not only helping us dream big, but also by helping to pursue those dreams. Dreams of providing children with clean water, and of helping dogs find forever homes, and of injured or sick veterans receive the medical care they need while surrounded by the people they love. Dreams of a better world.

To Max and Natalie Burrous, and to Ruby and Emma Bowser. You have made our California team great, and have provided us with so many opportunities to help around your community, your state, and the world. Your love for animals and the environment have inspired us in more ways than you know.

To Elizabeth Lyons-Best, Madison Yamamura,
Shania and Rylyne Bravo, Logan Knight, and all of the other IPA volunteers. Your enthusiasm for every project we undertake gives us all hope that we can truly make the world better.  You all have some of the most giving and loving hearts to have ever existed. Your ability to see problems around you, then go out and make the change that you want to see in the world reminds me of why we started Dream of a Better World in the first place.

And of course, thank you to our entire community of supporters, volunteers and worldwide partners. You do so much to help our world, and you are always excited to see what you can do next. Our community of supporters is constantly growing, and with that, the amount of change that we can make is expanding.

Thank you for inspiring us all to be enthusiastic, generous, determined DREAMERS!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Thank YOU from ALL 7 Continents!

A great BIG THANK YOU for helping out in 2016 and supporting us over the past 9 years!

It’s been another great year!  Thanks to all of you, we have been able to accomplish so much around the world.
We have contributed thousands of hours of volunteer work, passed along many hundreds of donated goods, and have raised over $300,000 in donations over the years.

In 2016, we have:

Raised nearly $28,000 to complete a project on every single continent!  And, passed along thousands of dollars worth of food, clothing, blankets, and gifts for needy kids and families.  

Thanks to all of YOU, once again this year, dreams have come true helping kids, families, animals and our planet!

For the fourth year in a row, we have been a lead sponsor, fundraised and volunteered for the Heroes and Remembrance Memorial Run for fallen soldiers on Ford Island Bridge.

Through schools and our local community, we have teamed with Target Stores for a scavenger hunt to collect supplies and needs for the homeless population on Oahu.

Planted a meditation garden for the Triple Hospital's Fisher House.  

And, our 5th Annual "Operation Holiday Heroes" supplied the families of sick and injured residents with Christmas gifts and needed supplies.

Helped our partner, Diving For a Cause (DFAC), care for Maori children living in a shelter, providing backpacks with books, writing tablets, pens, markers, crayons and other school supplies.  Also, helping to meet the needs of the women currently living in this shelter, a secret and safe place to help these courageous women to heal.

Also, helping to supply equipment to teach Maori children diving, ocean and environmental skills through our long time friends and Dream of a Better World supporters, Joe & Kura Burke at MUSA Diving.

Purchased tools to help clear invasive plant species from the Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership.  Helped send Kahuku High School students to the National Science Competition in Nashville.

Raised funds and collected pet supplies and food for our local animal shelter.


 Collected over 400 stuffed animals for kids impacted by child abuse and neglect on Oahu.

Restocked the Mualo'a Foundation's food pantry for hungry and food insecure families ...twice!

Thank you for your on-going support!  None of this could have happened without ALL of YOU! 

Please check out our final project of 2016, The 7 Continents Project! listed on this Blog.

If you'd like to send financial support, you can do so through Paypal RIGHT HERE or CLICK on the  DONATION BUTTON (Right Side Bar) for the continent of your choice!

With Love, 
Hannah, Jack and Carly, AND all the kids who have joined us at Dream of a Better World... where "You're never too young, or too old to make a difference!"