Our monthly giving program, the Dream Catcher Society was formed in 2006 and is an important way to make a monthly gift and provide reliable support. Monthly giving is simple, secure, paperless and one of the best ways that you can support Running Strong for American Indian Youth.
All new members receive a handmade dream catcher from Running Strong in honor of your commitment!
WHY SHOULD I JOIN (BECOME A MONTHLY GIVER)?
First, and most importantly, you are providing reliable support to some of the most disadvantaged and forgotten communities in the United States that otherwise would be without.
Need more benefits than that?
* It’s convenient: You won’t have to hassle with keeping track of what you’ve sent or for how much. You get to choose the amount to keep your bookkeeping simple
*It’s easy: It’s quick and effortless to set up your monthly donation (see how below). *It gives peace of mind: For both you and the families you help!
*It saves money: For both you and us! No more stamps or driving to the post office. It also helps us reduce our fundraising expenses which mean more goes directly to our programs!
*It helps the environment: No more paper (mailings, your checks, envelopes etc), stamps, or gas (for you to drive to the post office or the postman to drive to us)!
Send your committed support today to programs helping American Indian children and their families!
HOW IT WORKS:
You determine the amount of your monthly donation.
• We conveniently transfer money from your checking account or charge your credit/debit card each month.
• Your membership will automatically renew each year, but you have the option to increase, decrease or suspend your gift at any time simply by calling us or updating your paypal profile.
Everyone that signs up for monthy giving becomes a member of our Dream Catcher Society. ANY amount will make a difference so sign up online today!
HOW TO JOIN:
ABOUT THE DREAM CATCHER:
The dream catcher you will receive as a 'thank-you' for joining the Dream Catcher Society was hand made by Kenneth H. West, Jr. Kenneth is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the great-great-great grandson of Chief Yellow Hawk of the Itazipco band of the Lakota warriors. These dream catchers measure 3" across and come with a loop for hanging.
Dream Catchers are an important part of many Native American Tribes’ traditions. The Dream Catcher is typically made by bending and tying the pliant branch of a local tree such as a chokecherry or willow so that it forms a circular frame. An intricate pattern, often made from grass or horsehair, is then woven onto the circle to create a web similar to a spider’s, enabling it to catch both good and bad dreams as they travel during the night’s quiet hours.
Many tribes believe that bad dreams are filled with confusion, causing them to struggle in the Dream Catcher’s web until the sun’s rays burn them away in the morning. Thus only good dreams find their way to the web’s center, where they pass through the hole bringing pleasant dreams to the sleeping mind.