Dream Big Community Center
Week 24: Scared to Be Me

Week 24: Scared to Be Me

UPDATE:
In 2015, I published my very own book for Dream Big. For many reasons of going this route, this was the best option to grow our programs. The title was fitting, but also very personal. I named it, “Scared to Be Me.”
The book is available on Amazon and

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Week 23: Changing Seasons

Week 23: Changing Seasons

UPDATE:
The weather has changed. Thanksgiving has come and gone. With almost 30 days left in the year, seasons are changing and before we know the time has escaped us. In this time of the year, things move and go fast.
We don’t intend to ignore those that are less

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Week 22: Giving Tuesday

Week 22: Giving Tuesday

UPDATE:
After a long Thanksgiving week of family and food, the classics are back. I’m already listening to Christmas music. I’ve had my turkey sandwiches. Last but not least, I watched one of my faves Coming to America. However, Giving Tuesday is back again.
With all the focus on buying presents and

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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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