How To Help
The Dream Factory grants the dreams of children who are critically or chronically ill. We welcome all levels of support. Become a dream maker TODAY. Your donation is tax deductible. Click here to Donate.
The Dream Factory is an organization that depends almost entirely on it’s network of volunteers both at the chapter level and the national level. Click here to volunteer.
Note: Volunteering for a position that works directly with children requires a clean background check.
At the local level, most chapters have a monthly board meeting to discuss new dreams, pending dreams, fundraising and other events. Each chapter is composed of a board, along with additional volunteers. Opportunities to volunteer include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Special Events
- Public Relations
- Information Technology
- Community Relations
- Corporate Sponsorship
- Dream Screening & Selection
- Dream Managers
- Web Updaters
Refer A Child
Because The Dream Factory respects the privacy of families who have critically or chronically ill children, we do not actively recruit children for dreams or accept referrals from friends. If you know of a child who might be eligible for a dream, encourage the family to visit the website of a local chapter or contact our national headquarters. Click here to refer a child.
Who can refer:
- A parent or legal guardian of an ill child
- A treating physician of an ill child
- The ill child
Dream referrals will only be considered for children who reside in communities where chapters exist. The Dream Factory regrets that our volunteers are not able to grant all requests, but must limit their efforts to their local children. Click here to find local chapters.
Start A Chapter
A Dream Factory Chapter can be established in any community, regardless of location or size. All that is required is a group of dedicated people willing to give their time and talents to help dreams come true for children in their community.
It is important to note that Dream Factory is a volunteer organization and The Dream Factory Chapters operate with no paid staff.
If you are interested in serving as the volunteer leader of a new chapter, the National Headquarters of The Dream Factory will provide the appropriate direction, information, and materials to begin operation. The volunteer leader – commonly referred to as Area Coordinator – will serve as supervisor for the chapter’s day-to-day operations and as the liaison with the National Headquarters.
To begin the process of establishing a new Dream Factory Chapter:
- Contact The Dream Factory National Headquarters to inform them of your desire to establish a new chapter.
- Begin to assemble a core group of volunteers to serve as officers of the chapter. (Consideration should be given to the importance of including an attorney, accountant, and physician in this core group.)
- Complete the Chapter Contract which will be produced and forwarded to you by the National Headquarters and return it as soon as possible. This documentation authorizes you to operate as a Dream Factory Chapter, within the bylaws of our organization. After your signed contract is received by the National Headquarters, you will be sent a copy of the Standard Operating Procedures Manual and other appropriate documents to assist in your chapter’s development.
- Secure a local address and telephone number to which interested volunteers, dream applicants, and donors can be referred.
- Establish an account in the Dream Factory’s name at a local bank in conjunction with National Headquarters.
- Hold a general organization meeting to stimulate interest in The Dream Factory in your community and identify potential volunteers. A representative of the National Headquarters will attend this meeting to answer questions, provide appropriate direction and help you on the way to granting your chapter’s first dream.
IF YOU HAVE THE TIME AND DESIRE TO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE IN YOUR COMMUNITY, CALL OUR NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS TODAY!
24 - Hour Run For Dreams
The 4th Annual 24-Hour Run For Dreams will be at Red Orchard Park in Shelbyville, KY, on Aug. 5-6, 2017!
Click here to register online.
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Camping space is provided at the start/finish area at no additional cost! There will be a 24-hour and two 12-hour options on our two-mile loop. Runners and walkers are welcome. ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE DREAM FACTORY, INC.
Help spread the word! We expect a large turnout for 2017!
The Dream Factory Racing Team was created in 2012 as an outlet to raise funds for the Dream Factory, Inc., and to reach out to thousands of people who participate in marathons, half-marathons and shorter races around the country. Proceeds raised will help support The Dream Factory. The first wave of races the team participated in were in the spring of 2013. We encourage all runners/walkers of all ability levels to join, to not only complete a goal race but to raise money for a wonderful organization!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
Each runner/walker (after raising $50) receives a shirt, sling bag and bracelet at no cost. If you’re able to raise more than $500 for a race, then The Dream Factory will pay for (or reimburse) your registration fee up to $100. (Note: There is no fundraising requirement except the initial $50 to guarantee a race packet.)
The Dream Factory Racing Team is utilizing Active.com for our fundraising efforts. Steps to create your own donate page include:
1. Go to the website www.active.com/donate/dreamfactoryrunners
2. Click on “Become A Fundraiser”
3. Sign-in to your existing account or create a new account
4. Follow the steps to create your Fundraising Web Page
5. Direct friends/family to your page and donate through the secure site!
NASCAR driver, Alex Kennedy learned about The Dream Factory from one of his media/marketing friends several years ago. He was intrigued with the idea of helping kids through his racing and The Dream Factory seemed like the perfect fit. Alex believes he has been blessed in his life and wants to do what he can to make other children’s dreams come true.
Alex has worked his way up through racing, starting with Motorcross at the age of 8, then to Legends at the age of 12, and eventually NASCAR’s Nationwide Series where he led the field for six laps at Watkins Glen in 2012. Alex’s first Sprint Cup Race will be Sunday, June 23 in Sonoma, CA.
Since learning about The Dream Factory, his cars have sported the Dream Factory logo. As a National Ambassador and 2010 winner of The Dream Factory’s Presidential Award, we know Alex has the skills, the talent, the crew, the family, and the support of friends and fans, including The Dream Factory, to accomplish great things at his upcoming races. As he helps make dreams come true for our organization, we hope all his dreams come true on the race track.
Visit his website – http://alexkennedyracing.com/
Best known as the television game show host of Tic-Tac-Dough, Wink Martindale got his start with broadcasting in Jackson, Tennessee, later moving to Memphis.While there last fall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of his restaurant, Martindale’s, he used the occasion to benefit our local Memphis chapter as the honored guest at their Celebrity Gala.
Since then, Wink has become one of The Dream Factory’s national ambassadors and has recorded a public service announcement to be used at local radio and television stations for all of our chapters.
Recording Artist, Songwriter, Musician and Actor Dalton Cyr became a National Ambassador in 2013 at the age of 13. Approached by Dream Factory National Board Member Laura Walitsky with the idea while he was in New York during an East Coast tour, Walitsky said, “As a teenager who is overcoming obstacles to beat the odds and make his dreams come true, we believe Dalton has a perspective that will enable him to relate to sick children who face challenges every day and persevere. We are seeking respected, influential, members of our society to help promote our organization and demonstrate to these kids that they can dream big and that dreams can come true. We believe Dalton fits that bill.”
A prolific songwriter, Cyr had written over 100 songs, recording more than 30 of them, had his songs featured in a feature film and was named “one of the most promising upcoming songwriters in the world” by industry talent scouts, all by the time he was 16 years old.
A high energy performer who instantly captivates audiences with his powerful guitar, intense vocal delivery and lively stage show, Cyr began touring when he was 12 years old and has performed as an opening act and as a headliner at amphitheaters, coliseums, festivals, and fairs throughout the U.S. and has performed live in front of audiences as large as 50,000+ with fans in 191 countries around the world. In 2015, he was inducted into Robert M Knight’s The Brotherhood of the Guitar which is centered on upcoming guitarists who are predicted to be the guitar legends of tomorrow.
As an actor, Cyr starred as the lead “Judd” in Amazon Studio’s music-driven sitcom, “A History of Radness” written and executive produced by “Hannah Montana’s” Andrew Green and as Holden in the movie, “Time Toys” directed by Mark Rosman (“A Cinderella Story”, “The Perfect Man”). He also has a recurring role in FreeForm's (formerly ABC Family) hit show "Pretty Little Liars". He was nominated for two awards, winning in one category, at the Young Artist Awards (Hollywood's answer to the Academy Awards for actors under 21).
As a National Ambassador, Cyr has appeared multiple times on local TV talk shows, Radio shows, and in numerous publications across the U.S. speaking about The Dream Factory and bringing awareness to the cause. He has also done concerts for The Dream Factory fundraising events, performances at hospitals and special appearances for Dream Factory volunteers and Dream Factory recipients. In 2015, Cyr received the Presidential Award for his work with The Dream Factory.
“I’m very honored and proud to represent The Dream Factory,” Cyr said. “Through my performances, I’ve met kids who work so hard just to survive. They inspire me. As a National Ambassador, I hope to help make more dreams come true and inspire people to start Dream Factory chapters when there isn’t one in their city or join in helping existing chapters.”
For more information about Cyr, visit www.daltoncyr.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Subscribe to his YouTube Channel.
Other Ways to help
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Formerly known as GivingExpress®, Members Give connects you to the important causes that mean the most to you from health and human services, to education, the environment and more. Your dollar donations are tax-deductible and you’ll receive an e-mail receipt for your records. https://www.americanexpress.com/us/content/members-give.html
Choose multiple ways to donate:
- Give to one or more charities and nonprofit organization
- Donate dollars with your American Express Card
- Redeem Membership Rewards® points to make a donation
- Set up recurring donations
- Spread your donation out over the year
- Best of all, donating online helps nonprofit organizations reduce administrative costs so that they can do more with the money you give.
eBay Giving Works is the program that helps sellers list items on eBay to benefit nonprofit organizations. Any eBay seller who has an account in good standing can create an eBay Giving Works listing. The program is administered by MissionFish, the nonprofit organization selected by eBay to administer the eBay Giving Works program. http://givingworks.ebay.com/