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An Unexpected CoMoGives Gift

As I sit here typing this note in the Day Dreams Foundation office, listening to Christmas music and preparing for the holidays, I find myself more inspired than ever. The giving spirit is truly alive and well in our community and in our country.

Since founding the Day Dreams Foundation back in September 2014, I have had many people ask me what the key was to launching a new organization. I have always emphasized the importance of friends and family, because in the early months and years, they are going to be your main supporters – both emotionally and financially. Our first board was made up of six of my best friends who had a passion for kids. Our first donors were all individuals we knew personally.

However, in order for an organization our size to grow, we were always going to have to expand outside of our inner circles. But that’s what has given me so much inspiration today. Each time we receive a donation to our CoMoGives campaign, I receive an email notification. Each time it’s like receiving a Christmas present. I get excited when I see the little icon pop up alerting me to a new email in my Day Dreams account and can’t wait to unwrap it. Like in years past, there are many gifts from friends and family, both mine and of our board members. These will always be special, in the way that only gifts from your close friends and family who know you best can be. Knowing that your friends and family have your back is always a tremendous motivator. But sometimes it’s the gifts that you didn’t expect to receive that can really blow you away.

On Saturday as I was taking a break from decorating the house with my wife, I looked at my phone — my Christmas spirit ticked up a notch as I saw a CoMoGives donation notification. I immediately recognized the name of the donor who made a generous $100 gift, but I was a bit confused. The named matched that of a high school classmate that I had not spoken to in 10 years. Even in high school, we never hung out outside of school. I quickly looked him up on Facebook to see if the donor’s current state of residence matched his current residence — it did. I can’t adequately describe how moved I was in that moment. A person I had not spoken to in 10 years, that lived in a state that the Day Dreams Foundation does not serve, made a $100 investment in a Columbia, Missouri child.

The donation reminded me of the beginnings of the Day Dreams Foundation back in the summer of 2014 when I launched a GoFundMe page to cover my Little Brother’s football registration fee. Within 24 hours of posting the link, six donors came forward to help us reach our goal. Once again, it was several friends and family members. But there was also a donation of someone I met while working at the student newspaper in college that I had no spoken to in years. It was that generosity from not only close friends, but even casual acquaintances that convinced me there would be enough support to launch the Day Dreams Foundation.

There are many other stories of donors this month that have inspired me as well. One of our board member’s sisters who recently graduated from college and convinced several of her friends to donate $10 each. Another board member offered to run a full marathon if we reached our goal. Former co-workers have continued to overwhelm me with their support.

As of writing, we have received 54 donations totaling $1,925 to our CoMoGives campaign. That puts us on track to reach our $3,500 goal from 100 donors. We are also close to already topping last year’s total of 57 donors and $2,050. But we need your help. We are quickly running out of close family and friends we can ask to donate. We need this campaign to spread outside of our circles. Even if you are not able to donate yourself, please consider sharing the link with your friends and family.

If you would like to donate, or share the link, visit: https://comogives.com/product/day-dreams-foundation-2/

Thank you for all of your support thus far! We are excited to help even more kids in 2018 participate pursue their extracurricular dreams!

Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,

Joe Bradley, Founder and President
Day Dreams Foundation

2017 Service Learning Team

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senior pictureMy name is Alexandra O’Haro but I go by Rose. I am from Columbia, Missouri and I am a sophomore at the University of Missouri studying Business (Marketing) with a minor in Textile and Apparel Management. I am also in Phi Mu sorority and I hold the position of Favors Assistant. I hope to work in high end design as my career either on the design or business side. I chose to do my service learning with Day Dreams Foundation because I love kids and I love how Day Dreams Foundation encourages (and provides scholarships for) kids to participate in activities that could potentially be life changing!

 

 

 

 

FullSizeRender (3)My name is Hannah Schuchts. I am from Tallahassee, Florida and I am a Junior at the University of Missouri. I am majoring in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. I am also a member of the Women’s Basketball team here at the University. I plan to work in the marketing industry and learn more about sales and advertising in addition. I chose to do my service learning project with Day Dreams Foundation because I loved the cause and wanted to be able to help raise awareness for such a great organization in our community.

 

 

 

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Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 1.39.00 PMHello, my name is Natalie Dickerson I am from Poplar Bluff, Missouri. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Missouri and a member of the sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma. I am a business major with an emphasis in marketing. My dream job someday would to be to own my own boutique, I would love a job where I can get to know people and talk to to new people every day. I am excited to be doing my service learning at the Day Dreams Foundation because I think the scholarships they offer give the children great opportunities, and allow them to pursue activities they are passionate about. I think the little things in life make big impacts and I believe the things Day Dreams Foundation are doing in these children’s life are going to leave lasting impressions.

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 1.41.09 PMMy name is Abigail Stewart. I am currently a Junior at the University of Missouri pursuing a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Entrepreneurship. I am am originally from Denver, Colorado, but chose to come to Mizzou to get out of my comfort zone and expand my horizon. I decided to do my service learning project with Day Dreams Foundation because I have always loved kids and wanted to help impact the community in a positive way.

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 1.42.28 PMMy name is Dillon Heeb and I am from St. Louis, Missouri. I am a junior at the University of Missouri studying Business Marketing. I plan to work in the sports marketing industry hopefully with a professional sports team. I chose to do my service learning with Day Dreams Foundation because I believe that every kid, no matter what, should have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that can allow them to develop as individuals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 1.43.47 PMMy name is David Goddard and I’m a junior at Mizzou. I’m from Bowling Green Missouri. I previously attended McHenty County College to play baseball before attending Mizzou. I am currently on the bass fishing team here at Mizzou and I am majoring in finance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 1.44.59 PMMy name is Richard Downs but I go by Tanner. I am from Kansas City and am currently a senior studying finance at the University of Missouri. After school, I want to get into corporate finance on the west coast. I chose to do my service project at Day Dreams Foundation because I loved participating in sports when I was a kid, and wanted to help other children do something I enjoyed so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 1.50.41 PMHi my name is Kelsey Fagin. I am from Fenton, Missouri right outside of St. Louis. I’m a sophomore at the University of Missouri studying Business with an emphasis in marketing. I chose to do my service with Day Dreams Foundation because I love working with kids and I believe being active and involved in something outside of the classroom is something all children should have the opportunity to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 1.52.06 PMMy name is Kaley Lammert and I am an Administrative Assistant at the Day Dreams Foundation this semester. I am from Lake St. Louis, MO and I am a junior Business Management student at Mizzou. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, go hiking, and try new restaurants. I chose to work with the Day Dreams foundation because I love the work that they do. I believe that every child deserves the chance to pursue the things that interest them without having to worry about finances. Providing that opportunity makes a huge impact in the life of a child.

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 1.46.31 PMMy name is Jack Wooldridge and I’m a senior currently completing my major in Business Management with my capstone in entrepreneurship. I grew up in Naperville Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and have two siblings, including a twin. In my free time I enjoy going out with friends, playing rec sports, and spending time outdoors either hiking or running. When I’m not in class or doing school work I spend my time bartending over at Harpo’s Bar and Grill. I chose to volunteer over at Day Dreams Foundation because I love kids and I feel that no child should ever be denied the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities while growing up. Sports were a huge part of my life growing up and it puts a smile on my face to see others experience the same enjoyment that I had.

 

Day Dreams Foundation: More Than Scholarships

Columbia Business Times Nonprofit Spotlight

By Nina Hebrank 

July 26, 2017

Most of us remember what is was like to play soccer after school with friends or be a part of a team or club after school — it’s routine for some kids, something that comes without a second thought. But often we don’t realize how important extracurricular activities can be for our youth. After-school programs can be a vital help for students on the way to becoming well-rounded adults.

Not everyone can afford the cost of a soccer uniform or activity fees. That’s what the Day Dreams Foundation focuses on — eliminating the financial barriers for students to participate in extracurricular activities. Since its founding in 2014, Day Dreams has helped nearly 150 kids participate in extracurricular activities, providing over $27,830 in activity fees, $3,184 in equipment costs, and $1,500 in college scholarships.

Kids 18 and under who are Columbia or Boone County residents and receive a free or reduced lunch are eligible for these scholarships. Day Dreams Foundation has also extended eligibility to students who are homeschooled if they fit the financial income requirements.

“I think it’s so important for kids growing up to have additional people in their life trying to put them on the right track,” founder and president Joe Bradley says. “Oftentimes, that person is a coach or an instructor in those extracurriculars.”

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Matthew Jr. (MJ)

The Day Dreams Foundation is proud to introduce our newest Day Dreams Kid. MJ received a scholarship to play football this fall and he can’t wait to learn how to be a running back. MJ and his teammates are learning the fundamentals and the rules of the game.  While he is playing football now, that doesn’t mean that’s the only sport he plays. He is an avid basketball player, and wants to be a professional basketball player when he grows up. Always good to keep your options open. :) When he isn’t playing sports, he focuses on math because that’s his favorite subject in school. It was great getting to know MJ and his father, Matthew Sr. They are a wonderful father team, and we can see why MJ said his role model is his dad. We are happy to have you both in the Day Dreams Family. Good Luck with Football!

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Tyrik

This past week, we awarded a scholarship to Tyrik Smith so he can play football with the Columbia Youth Football League. Tyrik is 8 years old but he’s already racing his way to the top in math class (which is his favorite subject in school!) And when we say racing, we mean that because Tyrik is fast! At tryouts last week, the coaches told him he was one of the fastest runners so he’s hoping to be a running back when he starts playing! “I want to play football because it’s fun. You get to run and I like running. I am excited to learn new footwork and new plays.”

We are so excited that Tyrik is ready to hit the ground running not only in football but in school and the community. He wants to help people learn new things and work on his math skills! Plus, he said he’s going to try to eat more veggies and drink a lot of water in the next few months. That should definitely help him put on that burst of speed! Congratulations, Tyrik, we are so excited to have you as a Day Dreams kid!

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MeAhjai

This past weekend, we were so excited to award a basketball scholarship to MeAhjai! MeAhjai has loved the game since a young age when her cousins taught her to play, and she’s been playing with the boys ever since she can remember. She’s excited to play with the girls this summer, and they’re headed to Oklahoma this weekend for nationals. She loves the sport so much that when she gets older she hopes to continue playing or coaching. Good luck MeAhjai and keep chasing your dreams!

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Saryia

The Day Dreams Foundation is proud to introduce our newest scholarship recipient, eleven year-old Saryia! Eventually she’d like to be a vet, but right now Saryia’s focus is on basketball, specifically “shooting, scoring, and learning how not to travel.” Saryia has grown up playing casual games of basketball, and her Day Dreams scholarship will get her involved in an organized league to help develop her game even further. Getting ready to start middle school, Saryia’s excited to make new friends – but just as importantly she plans on “keeping the old ones” too. We’re excited for Saryia and her upcoming season, join us in congratulating her!

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VIDEO: Local nonprofit hosts bubble soccer tournament

Day Dreams Foundation raises money to help underprivileged children in Columbia, Missouri participate in extracurricular activities. On March 11, 2017, the organization held a bubble soccer tournament as a fundraiser. Produced by Mengtong Qian for VOX Magazine.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bubble soccer event raises money for Day Dreams Foundation

For the second year, Day Dreams Foundation hosted its bubble soccer tournament Saturday at the Missouri Athletic Center. Teams consisted of three to five players, and the minimum cost to participate was $30. All proceeds from the event go toward the foundation, which offers scholarships to children who face financial barriers and helps them take part in extracurricular activities.

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Bubble soccer benefits children’s activities

By Shanna Grove, KOMU Reporter

COLUMBIA — The Bubble Soccer Tournament Saturday is fundraising to help Columbia’s children participate in extracurricular activities.

“I know how important it is for kids to be able to participate in extracurricular activities, it gives them something to do, something to strive for,” participant Dan Pearce said.

During bubble soccer, players wear a plastic bubble that covers their head to their thighs, leaving most of their legs and feet free to run and kick the ball.

Day Dreams Foundation President Joe Bradley said he wants people to come out and have a good time and learn more about the foundation.

“The thing I’m looking forward to the most is one, raising a lot of money for the foundation, that’s the most important thing,” Bradley said. “But, secondly bubble soccer is just, even if you can’t play, it’s one of the most fun things to watch. As soon as that first game starts and you see them set the ball down in the middle, and three on three people just running full force at each other and go flying, it’s a pretty entertaining time.”

Participant Elise Henn said it is cool that the foundation provides opportunities to so many kids.

She said this is her first time playing bubble soccer.

“I’m most looking forward to watching other people and the knocking into each other and falling down,” Henn said.

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