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How To Help


The Dream Factory grants the dreams of children who are critically or chronically ill. We welcome all levels of support. Become a dream maker TODAY. Your donation is tax deductible. 


The Dream Factory is an organization that depends almost entirely on it’s network of volunteers both at the chapter level and the national level. Click here to volunteer.

Note: Volunteering for a position that works directly with children requires a clean background check.

At the local level, most chapters have a monthly board meeting to discuss new dreams, pending dreams, fundraising and other events. Each chapter is composed of a board, along with additional volunteers. Opportunities to volunteer include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Fundraising
      • Special Events
      • Public Relations
      • Information Technology
      • Community Relations
      • Corporate Sponsorship
      • Dream Screening & Selection
      • Dream Managers
      • Web Updaters

Refer A Child

Because The Dream Factory respects the privacy of families who have critically or chronically ill children, we do not actively recruit children for dreams or accept referrals from friends. If you know of a child who might be eligible for a dream, encourage the family to visit the website of a local chapter or contact our national headquarters. Click here to refer a child.

Who can refer:

      • A parent or legal guardian of an ill child
      • A treating physician of an ill child
      • The ill child

PLEASE NOTE: Dream referrals will only be considered for children who reside in communities where chapters exist. The Dream Factory regrets that our volunteers are not able to grant all requests, but must limit their efforts to their local children. Click here to find local chapters.

Start A Chapter

A Dream Factory Chapter can be established in any community, regardless of location or size. All that is required is a group of dedicated people willing to give their time and talents to help dreams come true for children in their community.

It is important to note that Dream Factory is a volunteer organization and The Dream Factory Chapters operate with no paid staff.

If you are interested in serving as the volunteer leader of a new chapter, the National Headquarters of The Dream Factory will provide the appropriate direction, information, and materials to begin operation. The volunteer leader – commonly referred to as Area Coordinator – will serve as supervisor for the chapter’s day-to-day operations and as the liaison with the National Headquarters.

To begin the process of establishing a new Dream Factory Chapter:

      • Contact The Dream Factory National Headquarters to inform them of your desire to establish a new chapter.
      • Begin to assemble a core group of volunteers to serve as officers of the chapter. (Consideration should be given to the importance of including an attorney, accountant, and physician in this core group.)
      • Complete the Chapter Contract which will be produced and forwarded to you by the National Headquarters and return it as soon as possible. This documentation authorizes you to operate as a Dream Factory Chapter, within the bylaws of our organization. After your signed contract is received by the National Headquarters, you will be sent a copy of the Standard Operating Procedures Manual and other appropriate documents to assist in your chapter’s development.
      • Secure a local address and telephone number to which interested volunteers, dream applicants, and donors can be referred.
      • Establish an account in the Dream Factory’s name at a local bank in conjunction with National Headquarters.
      • Hold a general organization meeting to stimulate interest in The Dream Factory in your community and identify potential volunteers. A representative of the National Headquarters will attend this meeting to answer questions, provide appropriate direction and help you on the way to granting your chapter’s first dream.



24-Hour Run For Dreams

The 2019 24-Hour Run For Dreams was held Aug. 3-4 at Red Orchard Park in Shelbyville, KY. Check out the 2019 RESULTS. Thank you to all who made this event so special and we’re already looking forward to 2020!

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And a THANK YOU to our sponsors this year!

      • The Arbuckle Sound
      • ChromaLuxe
      • Dream Factory National Headquarters
      • Garrett-Stotz Insurance & Bonds
      • Gogh Crazy Art Studio On Main (Shelbyville)
      • Swags Sport Shoes
      • Taylor Orthodontics in Crestwood/Prospect/Shelbyville
      • And our new EVENT MANAGEMENT – Headfirst Performance

Racing Team

The Dream Factory Racing Team was created in 2012 as an outlet to raise funds for the Dream Factory, Inc., and to reach out to thousands of people who participate in marathons, half-marathons and shorter races around the country. Proceeds raised will help support The Dream Factory. The first wave of races the team participated in were in the spring of 2013. We encourage all runners/walkers of all ability levels to join, to not only complete a goal race but to raise money for a wonderful organization!

Email for more information or to sign up.

Each runner/walker (after raising $50) receives a shirt, sling bag and bracelet at no cost. If you’re able to raise more than $500 for a race, then The Dream Factory will pay for (or reimburse) your registration fee up to $100. (Note: There is no fundraising requirement except the initial $50 to guarantee a race packet.)

The Dream Factory Racing Team is utilizing for our fundraising efforts. Steps to create your own donate page include:

1. Go to the website

2. Click on “Become A Fundraiser”

3. Sign-in to your existing account or create a new account

4. Follow the steps to create your Fundraising Web Page

5. Direct friends/family to your page and donate through the secure site!

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Other Ways To Help

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    • Give to one or more charities and nonprofit organization
    • Donate dollars with your American Express Card
    • Redeem Membership Rewards® points to make a donation
    • Set up recurring donations
    • Spread your donation out over the year
    • Best of all, donating online helps nonprofit organizations reduce administrative costs so that they can do more with the money you give.

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