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Haitian Students Perform Community Service

Monday, February 27th, 2012

“I Have A Dream” Foundation  – Richmond exposes all Dreamers to community service.  Our four students in the United States from Haiti have been involved in two such activities.  After marveling at our public libraries, they developed a collective dream to start a much-needed library in the village of Hinche.  They are in the process of collecting books and brainstorming the logistics of making this dream a reality.  Secondly, three of the students are attending training in international disaster services through the Red Cross.  This training could prove invaluable to them upon their return to Haiti.  We wish these young men and women continued success in their studies at J. Sargeant Community College in Richmond, Virginia and Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.

Urban Outdoors Project

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Founded and led by a local high school student, “Urban Outdoors”  connects young adults to seventh-grade Dreamers as chaperones, instructors and leaders.  We’re getting our Dreamers outdoors, teaching them about nutrition and providing environmental community service opportunities.  A sample of activities include geocaching, hiking, rock climbing, harvesting crops, camping, cleaning up a waterway, and analyzing pedometer readings learning to relate steps to calories and nutrition.  Be sure to look at the Gallery page of our website for some great pictures of their activities.


Read More Books!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

“I Have A Dream” Foundation® – Richmond was able to facilitate a second system-wide new book distribution to every elementary school student in the City of Richmond, plus ten schools in nearby Henrico County.   About 200 volunteers helped hand out 18,000 books over a three-day time period.  There were a variety of related events including assemblies, classroom visits and local author presentations.  Be sure to visit the Gallery page of our website for more information.  Click on this link for a video, and watch the first segment:

“I Have A Dream” Has A Portrait on

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

“I Have A Dream” Foundation – Richmond has joined hundreds of area nonprofit organizations with a portrait on, a powerful online rsource for all who desire to strengthen the Richmond region through philanthropy.  Next week, from 6:00 a.m. Wed. Oct. 5th through 6:00 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 6th, help us to win up to $10,000 by making an online donation to our organization through the Amazing Raise.  Mark your calendars, and be on the lookout for a link to be emailed to you next Wed. to make your donation.


Welcome Haitian Students!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

We are very excited to announce that four students from Haiti have arrived in Richmond, Virginia to embark on their academic path at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.   After obtaining their associate’s degree in two years, they will return to their homeland as strong community leaders.  A big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has supported this project over the past fifteen months.  What can you do to help now?  Monetary donations for tuition, books and living expenses are always welcome.  In addition, we need a variety of items such as backpacks, bicycles, bicycle helmets and locks, laptop computers, winter coats and clothing, and tickets to sporting events and/or cultural activities.  Be sure to take a look at the Gallery page of our website to see our newest Dreamers!

Summer Academics

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

This summer, Dreamers in the “I Have A Dream” Foundation® – Richmond program worked on increasing their reading levels and comprehension.  They also focused on social studies, math and science through novel studies, experiments, and center activities.  Be sure to look at the Gallery page of our website for great field trip pictures.  A big thanks to Dollar General  Stores for funding a portion of our summer reading program!

System-wide Book Distribution Underway

Monday, June 13th, 2011

“I Have A Dream” Foundation® – Richmond is in the process of distributing almost 13,300 new books!  Every student in elementary school in the City of Richmond, along with select 5th grade students in Henrico County, are receiving a book for their home library.  Contact us if you would like to help hand out books this week as we continue to put smiles on the faces of students and teachers!  For more information, be sure to visit the Gallery page of our website.

We’ve Been Busy!

Monday, May 16th, 2011

“I Have A Dream” Foundation – Richmond has had a lot going on lately.  Once again, we coordinated and sponsored field trips to James Madison’s Montpelier.  This time, almost 500 elementary students from eight elementary schools in the City of Richmond were able to enjoy a great day of learning.  For our second annual Lunch in a Limo contest, we rewarded fifteen sixth-graders for a job well done on their book reports.  Dreamers who participated in an eight week art session to create awesome paper mache puppets were able to show off their handiwork at the Art 180 Open Studio.  Many Dreamers and their families were able to attend a Bank It money management program at Boushall Middle School, sponsored by Capital One.  Saturday School provides extra help to our Dreamers on academics, provided in small group settings with an abundance of tutors.  The Chick Fil-A cow made a special appearance to help in a book distribution.  Every student at two elementary schools received a new book for their library.  Finally, approximately twenty-five Dreamers and their families joined forces with thirty-five teenage volunteers in  Project Clean Stream, collecting 100 bags of trash and over 50 tires!  Be sure to take a look at the Gallery page of our website for more details and great action shots of some of these activities.

Volunteers Recognized

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

“I Have A Dream” Foundation®– Richmond is pleased to announce the presentation of a President’s Volunteer Service Award to three recipients.  This national honor is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for performing community service and who demonstrate exemplary citizenship through volunteering.  The awards were presented by Dr. Yvonne Brandon, Superintendent of Richmond City Public Schools, at their recent School Board Meeting.  Connie Henshaw, Claire Kramer and John McKelvey have worked with our “Dreamers” for several years tutoring in the summer program, helping with homework in after-school sessions, chaperoning field trips and performing administrative tasks.  Congratulations to these outstanding young volunteers!  For more information, please visit the Volunteer Recognition and Gallery pages of our website.

“I Have A Dream” Foundation® – Richmond and the Oprah Winfrey Show

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The efforts of “I Have A Dream” Foundation® – Richmond to provide higher education to Haitian students displaced by the January 2010 earthquake were recognized by the Oprah Winfrey show.  Project Manager Danny Yates and Sponsor Ken Henshaw were selected to attend taping in Chicago yesterday with other “Hometown Heroes” from across the country.  The show will air on ABC network on Friday, November 19th.  Check you local listings for more information.