'WEEN DREAM

Give the Gift of Halloween

Jefferson, LA   |  www.weendream.org

Mission

'WEEN DREAM is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gives free Halloween costumes to children in need. Throughout the year, people across America donate their kids' gently used costumes to 'WEEN DREAM. Our volunteers inspect, sort, label, catalog, and store the costumes so that they can be matched to kids in need the following October. At the beginning of Halloween season, donated costumes are matched and given to children in need. If there is no appropriate donated costume match for a child, or if the child requires a new costume for medical reasons, 'WEEN DREAM makes a public request for a donor to purchase a new Halloween costume for that child.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder & President

Ms. Kelsey Meeks

Chief Operating Officer

Allison Womac

Main address

3001 River Rd.

Jefferson, LA 70121 USA

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EIN

46-5014677

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Halloween Costume Distribution

'WEEN DREAM provides free costumes to children, or 'WEENSTERS, in need* across the country. All 'WEENSTERS provide 2 character choices and are matched with new and gently-used costumes donated year-round to ensure quality and fit. 'WEENSTERS who require a new costume due to a medical condition go into our Pumpkin Patch and sponsors shop and ship directly and anonymously.

Applications are open from August to September allowing the 'WEEN TEAM to match and ship all costumes by #NationalCostumeSwapDay, or the 2nd Saturday in October.

Examples of children who qualify as "in need" for our program include:

· kids living in poverty
· kids with a serious illness or disease
· kids with special needs (including physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities)
· kids at shelters (including domestic violence shelters and homeless shelters)
· and kids affected by a recent, traumatic event (such as a house fire, hurricane, tornado, flood, or the death of a parent or sibling)

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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'WEEN DREAM aims to be able to provide all qualified applicants with a free Halloween costume. This will be best accomplished by continuing to expand our new national "Projects" to new locations each year, such that eventually every state has at least one 'WEEN DREAM costume donation program operating within it.

'WEEN DREAM will continue to be active on social media and our website in order to continue spreading the word about what we do and reaching potential new national Project Leaders. We will maintain an active, dedicated, and qualified board of directors. We will continue to have monthly board meetings and keep an open dialogue in between. We will continue reaching out to individuals and businesses we feel may be interested in making a contribution of time, money, and/or costumes.

'WEEN DREAM has an annual fundraiser that is on track to serve as our income for covering basic operating expenses each year, allowing the board to direct efforts the rest of the year toward our program.

'WEEN DREAM has gone from non-existence in early 2014 to having the following: secure and spacious rental space; equipment and supplies for storing and distributing over 1,000 costumes; active social media accounts and frequently updated and visited website; four new National Projects active for Halloween 2015.

We still need to accomplish expansion of our organization to more states and to start applying for more grants.

Financials

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'WEEN DREAM

Board of directors
as of 11/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Kelsey Meeks


Board co-chair

Alli Womac

Mandy Strain

Mike Porter

Maurine Wall

Bruce Katz

Stephanie Lemoine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes