DRAW: We are an ever-expanding organization that is dedicated to providing relief to communities around the U.S. that have been hit by natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. We do this by having an army of volunteers who collect supplies, dedicate time, and raise awareness. We’ve responded to storms such as Superstorm Sandy, the EF-5 tornadoes outside of Oklahoma City, and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX. None of what we do is possible without your help, so if you are asking who we are, then, in short, we are you.
What: After storms destroyed more than 3000 homes in the Little Rock, AR, DRAW arrived 24 hours later with needed supplies for families who had been displaced. After floods ravaged through the city of Boulder, CO when they got 12 inches of rainfall in less than 24 hours, DRAW’s cargo van was unloading cleaning and bathroom buckets to shelters around the city. When Jean Lafitte, LA was completely under water after being hit by Hurricane Isaac, DRAW’s first response team was there to assist the city in distributing supplies, patching damage roofs, and supplying tarps for residents. What we do is meet needs of survivors as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Why: There’s no other time in the human experience when someone goes from everyday life to rock bottom in an instant than after a natural disaster. These people did not bring the heartache upon themselves. They are victims…just don’t tell them that. No one we’ve met that has been hit by a natural disaster sees him/herself as a victim; they all see themselves as survivors. We are inspired by their perseverance, and if we can provide one item or service that can help them take one step back toward normalcy, we are honored to be a part of that process.
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The Rainbow Connection: Founded in 1985, The Rainbow Connection offers comfort, hope and joy to Michigan children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses by making their once in a lifetime wish come true. From a glorious trip to Disney World to something as unique as meeting the President of the United States. The Rainbow Connection has fulfilled nearly 4,000 wishes to brave Michigan children.
The Rainbow Connection also provides additional programs to support the Wish Family before, during and after their wish. The Special Response Program assists families with financial emergencies in the form of rent, utilities, transportation, clothing and food.
Our Enhancement Program provides fun, free experiences for the Wish Children and their families through summer picnics, a Holiday Party, and tickets to attend area theatres, fairs and sporting events.
The Scholarship Program offers $1,000 college scholarships each year to wish children continuing with any form of education following their graduation from high school.
For the past ten years, The Rainbow Connection has received the highest 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator- the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit evaluator. Receiving four out-of-four Stars for ten straight years is an honor only 3% of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator receive.
The Rainbow Connection has no waiting list for wishes and depends fully on the generosity of communities across the state to help put a smile on the face of these brave Michigan children. For more information about The Rainbow Connection, please contact us at 248.601.9474 or visit us at rainbowconnection.org.