ABOUT DREAMS FOR KIDS DC
Dreams For Kids DC (DFKDC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN: 61-1716117) that provides life-changing activities that empower children with physical and developmental disabilities to unite with their peers and realize their potential. Dreams For Kids DC is the first expansion branch of Dreams For Kids Inc. Dreams for Kids Inc. replaces charity with opportunity for at-risk youth through service, leadership and social activities and inspires them to fearlessly pursue their dreams and compassionately change the world.
Officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) children’s charity by the IRS in 2014, EIN: 61-1716117
Staff: One full-time, paid staff member and 8-10 volunteer staff members at all times.
2017 Programs: 13 DFKDC clinics, 1 mentor program (Your Path To Success) and 1 Holiday celebration
Financials: Received donations of $103,609 in cash and $101,300 in in-kind support in 2016
By The Numbers
-There are very few communities and programs that allow children with disabilities to interact with their peers in a comfortable environment where they are not subject to insensitivity. With 6,000 children with disabilities living in just the DC area, and more living in the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia, there is a need for more regularly planned activities and events for this group. Currently, there are many communities for families with physical and developmentally disabled children; however, there is a well documented need for more recreational activities for these children. There is a need to provide more and a larger variety of activities on a regular basis.
-Adaptive physical clinics help move children with disabilities off the sidelines to engage in sports, arts, and other recreational activities. When adaptive programs are inclusive of all ages and all disabilities, as well as non-disabled peers and siblings, it allows those with disabilities to grow beyond the segregated settings that have existed for so many years. This variety and inclusion give children a chance to try different sports, add to the skills developed, and increase the likelihood of finding activities for lifetime participation, which can improve social skills.
-In a study conducted by the Adaptive Sports Center and Brigham Young University on Quality of Life Benefits Through Participation in Adaptive Sports For Individuals with Physical Disabilities:
-89.5% of individuals reported feeling that their adaptive sports experience had a very positive or positive influence on feeling empowered in their life.
-100% of individuals reported feeling that their adaptive sports experience had a very positive or positive influence on their self confidence.
-94.7% of individuals felt that their adaptive sports experience had a very positive or positive influence on their overall health
-It is clear that adaptive physical activities have a positive influence on people with disabilities. As a result, it is important for us to organize and provide these opportunities to children with disabilities.
-Partnerships: To ensure high level instruction and to keep expenses low, we leverage partnerships with professional and amateur sports teams and leagues. This enables us to use the equipment and expertise of existing entities to create high level clinics with little overhead.
-Every year the annual Holiday for Hope event grew until it became the largest of its kind in the state of Illinois, bringing over 1,000 homeless and at-risk kids together for a special day of generosity and paying it forward. It is now the largest event of its kind in the world, held in over 30 countries each December.
-In 1996, Dreams For Kids was introduced to another group of isolated children—those with developmental and physical disabilities. When Tom met a young man named JJ, who became paralyzed during a hockey incident, soon the need was recognized for a program to meet the social and physical needs for kids who had no organized sports or social activities available to them. Thus began Extreme Recess, the first adaptive sports program of its kind for kids with disabilities.
-In 2009, Andrew Horn founded Dreams For Kids’ first expansion chapter Washington, D.C. In 2011, Glenda Fu was appointed as the new Executive Director. Due to a well documented increase in the request for adaptive sporting clinics in the DC area, Glenda and the organization decided to focus their effort primarily on scaling and sustaining the Extreme Recess program to provide maximum benefit to our participants and donors.
-In 2013, Dreams for Kids DC incorporated and received its own Tax ID to establish the organization as its own non-profit entity (separate from the Chicago chapter). In 2013, Dreams For Kids DC also founded its first official Executive Board and is excited to continue growing and streamlining its operation.
-In 2014, Dreams for Kids DC (DFKDC) was recognized by the IRS as an official 501(c)(3) children’s charity.