Dream Big Community Center
Week 21: State of the Art

Week 21: State of the Art

UPDATE:
About 14 years ago I had a vision for a wonderful state-of-the-art facility with all kinds of “bells and whistles” within the building. Even though it’s bittersweet, the reality doesn’t change the technology disruption. To have built Dream Big before the smartphone era would have been catastrophic.Who knew so

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Week 20: Being Consistent

Week 20: Being Consistent

UPDATE:
We all have our ups and downs. I’m not excluded. In this rainy fall season, I have to adjust to the shorter days of daylight but not to the commitments I’ve accepted. Being consistent is important no matter the season or weather.
Every day, week and month I have

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Week 19: Finding Our Supporters

Week 19: Finding Our Supporters

UPDATE:
A reality is that not everyone will support our organization. Upon my initial discovery of this truth, it was a bit hurtful but I’ve learned to accept it. That’s part of the business. We all have our favorites.
For those that do support us, I’m grateful. There are a

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Week 18: Shoestring Budget

Week 18: Shoestring Budget

UPDATE:
I found out earlier this week our grant was denied. The opportunity to scale our Make Every Dream Count program fell short. It’s always disappointing to learn you weren’t funded, but you have to keep going.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve always operated with a shoestring budget. When

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Week 17: No Physical Location

Week 17: No Physical Location

UPDATE:
For some that don’t know, sorry to burst your bubble- but we don’t have a physical location. With many meetings with the county and city (of Vancouver, WA in Clark County) for the last 10 years, we don’t want to depend on the taxpayers for several reasons. Our goal

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Week 16: All About the Grind

Week 16: All About the Grind

UPDATE:
We are in October. YESSIR, it’s about the grind. It’s almost like hitting the reset button on your favorite game in the middle of it, but we understand it’s a necessary action. October means that we begin the work of focusing on our families.
For the next few months,

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Week 15: Run with Dream Big

Week 15: Run with Dream Big

UPDATE:
This week is all about earning 100% on our Run with Dream Big campaign (not entirely, but you know what I mean). I have one of my former board members running the Portland Marathon to raise funds and awareness. Unfortunately, we haven’t made it just yet!!
Fundraising through this

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Week 14: Keeping My Head Above Water

Week 14: Keeping My Head Above Water

UPDATE:
When you’re living the dream, life gets busy. Time flies by and tasks get piled on one another. I didn’t want to miss another week, so I’m keeping this short.
This week is one of those weeks that has me struggling a bit to keep my head above water.

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Week 13: Grassroots

Week 13: Grassroots

UPDATE:
Everything we do is grassroots. Our efforts are done from passion. We don’t get paid. Dream Big has always been a personal endeavor since the inception during my college years. From the time my Creator woke me up in the middle of the night and put this in my

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Week 12: 3rd Party Vendors

Week 12: 3rd Party Vendors

UPDATE:
Since the beginning of time, we’ve always been 3rd party vendors. Our relationship with schools have never been “official” business until after a few weeks after the start of school. It’s not the best business model, so I don’t recommend it. We’ve just always had great people helping us.

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