Wonderful Volunteers – Mary Jane Swain
September 15, 2017
Who are you? My name is Mary Jane Swain and I have been a volunteer for The Dream…Read More
What makes The Dream Factory different from other dream granting organizations?
The Dream Factory, founded in 1983 as the first dream granting organization in Canada, is a Manitoba-based charity. All of our Dream Kids are from Manitoba and all funds raised stay in Manitoba to help local kids.
After consulting with the medical community to find out what needs were not being met for our dream families, it was determined that our families may occasionally need financial assistance. Having a sick child can often cause financial strain on a family due to increased medical bills, hospital visits, and sometimes one of the parents needing to take time off of work to take care of their child.
To help our families, The Dream Factory established the Dream Family Fund, which provides our families with some financial assistance. These funds may be used for anything the family needs help with such as rent, hospital meals, groceries, other bills, etc.
What is the average cost of a dream?
The average cost of a dream is over $10,000.00 CAD, and this cost continues to increase with rising travel costs.
How many dreams do you fulfill in a year?
We fulfill approximately 25+ dreams in a given year. In 2016 we fulfilled a record number of 31 dreams for Manitoba kids who are battling a life-threatening illness.
What is the most popular dream?
The most popular dream is to go to Disney World.
How do children become Dream Kids/How can I refer a child?
The Dream Factory does not solicit dream kids, so all children are referred to the organization. Anyone can refer a child including a family member, physician or another member of the medical community, a friend, or even a teacher. The child’s parents/guardians must be aware of the referral. If you know of a child who may qualify for our program, please fill out the online referral form here.
How does a having a dream come true help a sick child? What impact does having a dream come true have on a child and their family?
A dream come true for a child suffering from a life-threatening illness provides them with a break from countless hospital visits, needle pokes, grueling medical treatments and painful surgeries. The delight and excitement in their eyes when they find out their special dream is going to come true is all you need to see to understand the impact that having a dream come true has on our Dream Kids. Having a dream come true provides a child with hope, joy, and ultimately happy childhood memories during an otherwise very difficult time.
Can I sponsor a child’s dream?
Absolutely!! Please contact our office to learn more about how you can do this.
Is there an age limit for a child’s dream?
Our mandate requires that a potential dream kid be under the age of 18 and should be able to communicate their dream.
Do you need volunteers?
Yes! We’re always looking for committed volunteers to help in our office, at special events, volunteer as a Dream Maker Auction committee member or serve on our Board of Directors. If you’re interested in volunteering with our organization, please fill out the online application form here. Please note: the minimum age to volunteer with The Dream Factory is 16.
How can I donate to The Dream Factory?
You can make a donation online by visiting our CanadaHelps.org donation page.
You can also contact us by phone at (204) 989-4010 or even stop by in person at 303 – 1 Wesley Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Do you issue tax receipts for donations?
Yes, The Dream Factory is a registered charity (REG# 11910 8777 RR0001) and we will happily issue a tax receipt for donations of $15.00 or more, upon request.
How can I get involved with The Dream Factory?
What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, Amex, Interac and donations online via CanadaHelps.org.
How can I help to make a dream come true?
There are many ways that you can help make a dream come true!
Does The Dream Factory have a dream list for items to be donated?
Does The Dream Factory have a vehicle donation program?
Does The Dream Factory accept Aeroplan and Air Miles?
We do not accept Air Miles at this time but we happily accept donations of Aeroplan Miles. Please visit our Aeroplan donation page to donate your miles.
Does The Dream Factory have a Wedding Program to raise funds?
We do! You can make a donation to The Dream Factory in lieu of traditional wedding favours. Sign up here.
What is the Dream Maker Club?
The Dream Maker Club is a very generous group of supporters who have committee to donating to The Dream Factory on a monthly basis. Contact our office to sign up today!
What is the Dream Maker Auction?
The Dream Maker Auction is The Dream Factory’s largest annual fundraiser. It is held every year at the end of April. The 2016 Dream Maker Auction was our largest event yet, hosting over 900 people and raising over $645,000.00!! You can get involved in this amazing event by becoming a sponsor, donating an item for our live or silent auction or by volunteering. Please visit our Dream Maker Auction website here or contact our office for more information.