Dermer Dreams is a non-profit organization focused on fighting hunger.
After Superstorm Sandy, Daniel Dermer and his family were displaced from their home for months. While relocating, Daniel & Alyse Dermer realized that so many people had to leave their homes and were at shelters with very little food.
As a residential property manager in New York City, Daniel Dermer developed a food drive program across each one of the buildings his company managed. Dermer Dreams donation bags were delivered to residents with instructions and a requested donation list. Residents were asked to deliver their donation bag, filled with one or more of the items, to their building lobby on a specific date and time. The Dermer Dreams team circled the city in trucks to collect the bags and delivers the donations directly to the shelters.
The goal of the program was to simplify the donation process so people who wanted to give to people in need were provided a simple way to do it. The program took off in New York City and raised over 50,000 pounds of food over the next few years.
We did not stop there. Dermer Dreams expanded into New Jersey in 2019 and launched the Neighborhood Captain program that allows students to manage their own food drive. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate for 10 Hours of Community Service.