Editors Note: This is a blog post written by Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Founder and CEO Brian Morrison
Our participation in the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, has been without a doubt one of the highlights of the 35-year history of the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. From the application process to the awards ceremony, it was simply an amazing journey that will have a positive influence on our Foundation for many years to come.
Our reason for considering this award opportunity was first and foremost to honor an amazing Believe In Tomorrow volunteer. The work that Carl Dakes has contributed to our pediatric respite and hospital housing services has been extraordinary, and we knew that simply nominating him to be considered for this very prestigious award would be a symbol of the immense gratitude that we have for his efforts. What we did not fully expect, were the many benefits this award created by helping to galvanize and strengthen our entire volunteer program. Being able to recognize one incredible volunteer, in essence honored our many hundreds of other volunteers who rallied their support and enthusiasm behind Carl.
There is something uniquely American about the spirit of volunteerism that is alive and well in this country. Volunteers are the heart and soul of many non-profit efforts, and that is certainly true with the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. Our work with critically ill children would not be possible without the selfless dedication of many volunteers. To have an iconic name like NASCAR and the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award recognize this volunteer spirit, is a high-powered boost to volunteers and non-profits everywhere.
Obtaining the grant funding from The NASCAR Foundation after Carl received the Betty Jane France Award was such an honor for our charitable programs. The $100,000 award will be used as the catalyst to expand our Pediatric Respite Housing program, through the construction of a new facility in Ocean City Maryland that will be dedicated to critically ill children whose parents are active U.S. Armed Services members. When completed, this new Believe In Tomorrow respite house will provide these children and their families the opportunity to escape from the stressful routine of medical treatments, to the healing environment of the sea along the Atlantic coast.
Participating in The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award has strengthened Believe In Tomorrow in so many ways. From galvanizing our volunteers and sharpening our social media skills, to providing a national platform to talk about our mission, this has been an experience that has made us a better non-profit. We truly are deeply honored to be recognized for our work with critically ill children and for the volunteer efforts of Carl, and we are looking forward to following this year’s non-profits participating in the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.
Founder and CEO
Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation
Nominations are now open for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award that recognizes NASCAR fans who are volunteering for children’s causes. Click here to nominate today. Nominations will be accepted through March 22.