Established and incorporated under Tennessee state law on October 10, 1985, The Dream Connection, Inc. is a non-profit organization. The Dream Connection is the result of a group of volunteers who realized the need for an organization dedicated to fulfilling the special dreams of children battling life-threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses. Its objective is to raise charitable contributions exclusively for fulfilling the “once-in-a-lifetime dream come true” of children between the ages of three and eighteen, who have been diagnosed with life-threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses and live in the East Tennessee community. One hundred percent of its contributions go to fulfilling the dreams of the children it serves. As the only organization of its kind in East Tennessee, 38 years and over a thousand dreams later, The Dream Connection continues to fulfill the dreams of children diagnosed with leukemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and other life-altering conditions. Twenty (20) to forty (40) dreams are fulfilled annually through the support and generosity of individuals, businesses, and civic organizations.
The Dream Connection’s mission is to fulfill the “once-in-a-lifetime” dreams of children between the ages of three and eighteen, who have been diagnosed with life-threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses and live in the East Tennessee community. One hundred percent of our contributions go to fulfilling the dreams of the children we serve.
You may ask how 100% of the contributions go to the children’s dreams, and this is how. There are no traditional expenses, such as those of a brick-and-mortar office, an executive director’s salary or other general expenses normally associated with such an organization. The Dream Connection is operated solely by a volunteer board of directors, a volunteer advisory board, and other passionate volunteers. The Dream Connection volunteers donate time, raise money, and gather in-kind gifts towards making these dreams a reality. In addition, other expenses such as post-office box rental, printing supplies, and postage are funded through direct grants associated with volunteer board members or the local business firms they represent. The passion of the volunteers is merely this, making the Dreams come true for these special children. The only expenses are the credit card fees attached to donations.
We are in no way affiliated with or connected to A Child’s Dream, Youth Development Fund, or United Children’s Fund.