Monday, September 11, 2017

School Started Today! And... Your DONATIONS Helped Make it Happen!

NEWS FLASH…

As of today, we have have sent over $15,000 to our contacts in Katy, Texas to help Sheridan Elementary teachers, students and their families get back to school, get back on their feet and for everyday necessities (like FOOD)!   

The stories of "need" have been heartbreaking, and they keep coming in.  There are still many, many people who need our help... and some families are without food.  Our contacts there have been doing an amazing job, identifying the most needy, finding the items most needed and delivering them.

Jose's Family before Hurricane Harvey
What we are realizing is that so many people have lost EVERYTHING, and just replacing their immediate needs will drain all of their savings.  Also, most are not covered by insurance for a natural disaster and they are left with bills, no housing, and no way to get to work.  It's absolutely CRAZY!  Even teachers, some who are single parents, are in that position and feeling HOPELESS. 

Quick Story:  Of a family YOU are helping... Jose's apartment was completely flooded and they left with nothing except a backpack with important documents. Hilda, the daughter, had started school in another district for 4 days before the floods came. Both parents worked hard to provide the child with her uniforms for school as well as school supplies, which she no longer has. This family does not have the money to purchase (again) the basic school needs for their child. Sheridan Elementary has provided her with a backpack, school supplies, and a toy, but this family needs everything... especially food.

What's left of Jose's Family's Belongings
As of today, we have sent out over $15,000 to help give TEACHERS and needy FAMILIES a sense HOPE.  The funds are providing food, uniforms, basic clothing, school supplies and personal items for getting students and some very needy families back to school and, hopefully, back on their feet.  We have also helped teachers, whose cars were totaled and not covered by either insurance or FEMA, helped teachers with new furniture items, gas cards and other basic needs.  In short, thanks to YOUR DONATIONS, we have been able to help to GIVE them HOPE and to get them BACK TO SCHOOL!

Where they are still living.
This coming week, we will continue with more of the
same... identifying the best way to help the neediest teachers and families.  It is becoming clear to everyone that FEMA financial assistance won't kick in (in time) to meet these basic needs.  And, it is definitely NOT getting them back to school, or meeting their every day expenses to do so... like childcare, cars, gas, furniture, clothing and FOOD... REAL LIFE, EVERY DAY MUST HAVES!



Thank you for your continued support!  It is REALLY WORKING!  

And, THERE IS STILL MUCH TO DO!

PLEASE FORWARD.... If ANYONE is interested, we STILL have teachers and families who REALLY NEED OUR HELP! 

CLICK HERE: (FOR MORE STORIES)

 

 If you'd like to DONATE NOW.... CLICK the DONATE BUTTON on the upper right labelled:  

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF!


OR... send checks to:
 
Dream of a Better World
P.O. Box 455
Haleiwa, HI  96712  

Dream of a Better World is a 501(c)3 Non-profit.





Sunday, September 3, 2017

Making "Back to School" happen in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey!

One teacher at a time...
One family at a time...
We will make a difference...  one story at a time.

According to the governor of Texas, hurricane Harvey displaced over 5,000,000 people... more than hurricane's Katrina and Sandy combined.   One of the worst communities hit was Katy, Texas with a population of about 16,000 people.

Sheridan Elementary is a Title 1 school situated in the heart of this community, where 66% of their families are disadvantaged.  The school buildings survived, but their school is still not open, because their teachers, families and communities are devastated. Many have lost their homes, their cars and most of their belongings.  This is where WE will lend our HELPING hands... getting the teachers and students of Sheridan Elementary back to school.

The good news is that we are uniquely situated to make a BIG difference there in helping those teachers and kids get back to school! 


Kelsey (Richvalsky) DeMarce, one of our long time Dream of a Better World supporters is a teacher at that very school.  She is working with us to relay their needs and to ensure that all of our raised support goes to where it's needed most.

All of our Dream Team members have voted and agree, our first priority... let's help those teachers who have lost their homes, cars and everyday items to get back to doing what they do best!


Sheikkaya - 4th Grade Teacher evacuating her family
"So many teachers have made a huge impact on who I am, and I am grateful for them every day." - Hannah, Hawaii Team Leader, age 17.

"Education is our key to the future, and the type of path we will take as a society." - Zack, California Team Leader, age 16.

"My life is so much better because there are caring teachers who are passionate about their work." - Max, California Team Leader, age 16.

Stephanie - Special Ed Teacher, kayaking to safety.
Our second priority is... these kids, this school and its community will need everything from food to uniforms and school supplies.   

So PLEASE join in. We PROMISE... 100% of your donations will go to this area of need. 

 

If you'd like to read STORIES from some of the TEACHERS that need our help!

CLICK HERE: (FOR STORIES)

 

 If you'd like to DONATE NOW.... CLICK the DONATE BUTTON on the upper right labelled:  

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF!


OR... send checks to:
 
Dream of a Better World
P.O. Box 455
Haleiwa, HI  96712  

Dream of a Better World is a 501(c)3 Non-profit.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hurricane Relief UPDATE...

Great News.... California, Hawaii and Oregon have "Dream Teams" mobilizing to make a real difference for Hurricane Harvey victims! 

 

 

More GREAT News... we have longtime Dream of a Better World friend and supporter, Kelsey (Richvalsky) DeMarce, at ground zero directing our efforts!  

 

The NEEDS here are overwhelming.  But, we are now well positioned to guarantee that your donations will make a HUGE difference in the lives of the families living there!  In the next few days, we will communicate more about those lives and stories.  

Here's a HINT... from Dream of a Better World, where kids help kids... and students help teachers too! :)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief - Here's What We Can Do to HELP!


Hurricane Harvey’s devastation is hard to put into words. As many people know now, severe flooding and 130+ mph winds have displaced over 30,000 people.

Thousands more are awaiting rescue and these numbers are rising. As those unaffected by Harvey, it’s important to realize that each and every one of these innocent people are counting on us for help.

Many are living without food, dry clothes and other essential supplies that are frequently taken for granted.

Here’s how YOU can support the victims of
Hurricane Harvey!
A quick and effective way to help is to donate.  If you'd like to donate through us, the "Hurricane Harvey Relief" DONATE button is on the right.

We will turn your generous donation into these desperately needed items.  Many different supplies are  needed in Texas relief shelters. By donating to Dream of a Better World’s Hurricane Harvey relief campaign, your funds will be used to buy necessary supplies for victims in need and for the tools used to clean up and restore damaged communities in Texas.

Below is a list of supplies needed.

Dehumidifiers
Portable Blowers and Air conditioners
Extension Cords
Ground Fault Protectors
Pop up Canopies
Shovels
Wheelbarrows
Crow Bars
Hammers
Utility Knives
Work Gloves
Dust Masks
Pressure Washers
Fans
Ladders
Buckets
Chainsaws
Clippers
Tools for Boarding Windows
Tarps
Rope
Portable Lights
Portable Generators
Nail Guns
Saw Horses
Spray Paint
Safety Glasses
Mops
Brooms
Deck Brooms
5-Gallon Resealing Bucket
Liquid Laundry Detergent
Liquid Household cleaner
Dish soap
Bleach
Scrub Brush
Cleaning Wipes
Sponges
Scouring Pads
Paper Towels
Disposable Rags
Air Freshener
Clothespins
Clotheslines
Heavy-Duty Trash Bags
Insect Repellant
Water
First Aide Kits
Toiletries
Rain Ponchos



There are many great organizations making a difference in the lives of Hurricane Harvey victims.  PLEASE pick one and JOIN in.   If you do decide to trust us with your donation, please let us know who inspired you to do in the comments section of your donation.  We would like to thank them personally in a future blog.

As always, we promise you that 100% of your donation through Dream of a Better World will go to needed items, needy families or organizations on the ground needing our help.  All of our overhead is DONATED or raised separately.

Thank your for helping!  The Dream Team

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sweet Shyne...


Hi Everyone!

Anyone who knows our mom, Diane Button, knows of her passion for community service and helping others. For the past 8 years, one of her most rewarding things that she does is working with Hospice Hawaii as a volunteer. She is constantly touched by the lives of the people she helps, but we don’t usually get to hear about these people because of patient confidentiality. But today we are writing you with a different story, one that we get to share.

For the past 8 months, my mom has been visiting a sweet little 12-year old boy with brain cancer.  She spends quality time with him, playing with trains, singing, watching movies, and communicating in their own special way since he is unable to talk.  I imagine it must be hard for my mom, but she always comes home with a full heart and a smile on her face after seeing him.

Here’s their story…meet my mom’s little friend, Shyne Aquino, and his dad, Vernon.

Shyne is like most boys, He loves cars, trains, and all things that move! His Dad, Vernon Aquino, is a single father, who has created a stable and loving home for his son. Shyne was not expected to learn, talk, walk, or even survive infancy. He is now 12 years old and Vernon says, “He is a miracle!”

This family is falling on some hard times and they need help. In May,  Shyne was hospitalized and unable to attend school, which prevented Vernon from working. Shyne is now back home with his dad, who is his full-time caregiver.

Here are some Little Things that we know will make a Big Difference to Shyne and Vernon: They need groceries, AAA batteries for Shyne's train set, Amazon, Walmart, Foodland or Costco gift cards. And as a huge surprise, we are hoping to get Shyne a new iPad!  

Help us spread the word! We will be collecting money to help them pay their bills so Shyne’s dad can relax and enjoy his time with his son. We will be collecting food and gift cards, too! Donations may be dropped off at our house or you can donate online for their ongoing expenses. Thank you SO, SO much!

You are all the BEST supporters we could ever hope for! Thank you for always being here for us and all of our projects!

Love, Hannah, Carly and Jack
 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Join in the FUN! Heroes & Remembrance Run 2018!



Calling ALL Volunteers and Supporters! HELP US honor the over 7,000 soldiers killed in action since 9/11.  Let their families know "we will NEVER forget!" 





September 9th, 2017


It's the 6th running of the Hawaii Fisher House "Hero's & Remembrance Run," sometimes called:"Boots on the Bridge." 

Dream of a Better World is back again in a big way.  This is a “free” event because these fallen service members, and their families, have already paid the ultimate price!  


But, we NEED your help!









If you'd like to donate, just CLICK on the "Support Our Troops" DONATE button.  

We also need volunteers from 6 a.m. until noon to help hand out water to the thousands of race participants. It will be an emotional, special day to honor over 7,000 fallen U.S. soldiers, killed in action since 9/11. 


Words can not describe the appreciation that we have for the dedication and unbelievable sacrifice of the men and women who's 7,000 + boots lined the Ford Island bridge. 

It is always a memorable, fun and fulfilling way to support our troops and make a difference!  

Thank you to EVERYONE for showing up and giving your support!  


  





We will NEVER forget!

If you'd like to register for the run, you can do so at Fisher House Hawaii:



Register for T-shirts and "official race registration" at: www.eventbrite.com. 
email anita.f.clingerman.naf@mail.mil or call 436-5543 or 
email Theresa.m.johnson2.naf@mail.mil or call (931) 217-0800.

Fisher House Hawaii is one of 61 locations worldwide supporting America's military in their time of need.  Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 22,000 families, and have made available over 5.2 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990.  Fisher House is funded by public donations and you can donate to Tripler Fisher House on-line at www.DreamOfaBetterWorld.org or mail donations to: Tripler Fisher Houses, 317 Krukowski Rd., Honolulu, HI  96819.

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.

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=bTie5jEGaArLM7B9KlUkdOBU4KKzSv9ETl_nqZ0AlaGLEOsTMpVMAVUw_A7JRmRjli-NgWOr, 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!



https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/KC24CFFFK7DT/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2
Any amount helps! Check out the AMAZON LIST:

PLEASE SHIP TO or DROP OFF:
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: https://www.divingforacause.org/new-zealand.html





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!"