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Hurricane Relief: Helping Schools Get Back on Their Feet

DreamBox is matching employee donations up to $10,000

September is traditionally a time of anticipation and optimism for educators and students alike—it’s an opportunity to make a fresh start. Fortunately, for most of us, the frenzied first weeks of the new school year don’t include picking up the pieces after a natural disaster. But today, three weeks into September, our colleagues and friends in Texas, Louisiana, the Caribbean, and the Southeastern United States are doing just that—trying to not only rebuild their classrooms, but restore a sense of normalcy for their students in the wake of overwhelming devastation.

After a disaster, our natural inclination is to help. And there are many trusted organizations raising funds for relief. At DreamBox, we wanted to channel our support to fellow educators and administrators in those schools and districts that were hardest hit. A handful of DreamBox employees launched a modest, internal GoFundMe campaign to pool our resources and contribute as a group to, an organization that empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students.

We’re pleased to report that after just a few days, DreamBox staff surpassed their initial fundraising goal of $1,500. Now, DreamBox is matching employee donations up to $10,000—and we’re well on our way to hitting that number. We all is said and done, we hope to contribute $20,000 to hurricane relief support for teachers and classrooms affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  

If you’re looking to lend a hand too, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says that cash donations to trusted organizations are the best way you can help. And, agrees. This disaster relief infographic explains how you can make the biggest impact and help schools get what they really need to rebuild after a crisis.

That being said, you’re more than welcome to donate through the DreamBox GoFundMe page. We’ll be accepting donations through the end of the week. Every dollar raised will go to DonorsChoose to help teachers get the critical materials they need to rebuild their classrooms—and make a fresh start.