In 1980, The Dream Factory began with one all-volunteer chapter in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Since then, The Dream Factory has grown into the second-largest children’s wish-granting organization in the United States, granting over 25,000 dreams since its inception –all while maintaining a grassroots approach. The Dream Factory continues to operate all 36 of its local chapters with over 5000 very dedicated volunteers. These hard-working individuals raise funds within their own communities and then use those funds to grant the dreams of local children. Because we do not employ people on a local level, 84% of all money raised by The Dream Factory is used directly to grant the dreams of critically and chronically ill children.
The Dream Factory is the only children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. We strive to provide hope and relief from the trauma and corresponding stress and depression that both the children and their families can endure on a day-to-day basis. Doctors agree that providing a dream can improve the quality of life for these children and extend the life of a critically ill child.
As children, we all dream big. Some of us imagine visiting storybook, faraway places. Others long for a furry, four-legged friend. Still others dream of meeting our heroes. And if we are lucky, many of us see those dreams become reality somewhere along the road of life.
But for children struggling with critical or chronic illnesses like diabetes, cystic fibrosis or cancer, the road may be all too short, and there is little time to realize such big dreams. The Dream Factory exists for them.
Since 1985, the Dream Factory of Portland has remained dedicated to making dreams come true for critically or chronically ill children. As a 100 percent volunteer organization, granting dreams is our mission, smiling children is our vision. And in more than two decades, our devoted volunteers and generous business supporters have created thousands of smiles. We are proud to say that more than 90 percent of the funds raised or donated to the Portland chapter of the Dream Factory remain right here, granting the dreams of deserving children in our community.
From ocean cruises to new computers to Disney character meetings and shopping sprees—the Dream Factory continues to proudly grant dreams of all shapes and sizes to the children in and around the Portland area.
For children and their families who live each day not knowing what the future may bring, a dream granted brings a little ray of light, a little bit of hope and a lifetime of memories.
Kasi Grzebielski: Auction Coordinator