These kids are so strong and they’re working so hard. They just need a break. They need something good to happen.
Peggy Busby & Earl Dunivan
What inspired you to begin donating your time, talent and money to Volunteers of America?
The thing that really got me going was the first Dream Maker’s Breakfast that I went to. My friend Wendy is on the Advisory Board, and our offices are directly across the street from the Foster A Dream office and she invited me to the breakfast. When we were there, foster youth got up and discussed how Foster a Dream had affected their lives. The thing that stood out the most was a poem read by a young woman who had been in the foster system. I now have that poem hanging in my office…it’s called Fuji Apple. I’ll never forget that…and I don’t WANT to forget it. If you read that, and hear the story, you’d be inspired. Ever since then, I like to help where I can.
This all just came in at the right time in my life, I have the time and resources, my husband and I have our own business. I was so impressed with the breakfast. The attendee’s weren’t just business owners, it had local politicians and many recognizable faces. I was amazed that I didn’t know anything about it. I was so impressed with how strongly the people attending the breakfast believed all that Volunteers of America does.
It didn’t take long, after I saw there were things I could do to help, I kept close to it, and am now a third year table captain for the Dream Maker’s Breakfast.
What programs are you involved in and how did you get involved?
I have done my job with my kids. They are on the right track. I’ve got the time to help these foster children through the Foster a Dream program… it’s their turn. I help with fundraising and am very involved in reading the scholarship applications and attend the scholarship dinner every year. If these kids are trying, and by reading their stories it seems as though they are really trying hard, I want to do what I can to help. They already have so many obstacles to overcome and these scholarships are just a little something that helps them get past where they are and onto a path that is going to to a better future.
These kids are so strong and they’re working so hard. They just need a break. They need something good to happen. If they want, and they’re trying, they need that chance. They need help and programs like Foster a Dream are there to help them in little ways.
In relation to your time with Volunteers of America, is there a favorite story or memory you would like to share?
I works across the street from the Martinez Foster a Dream office. On Tuesdays the store is open, so I get to see those who are coming and going. My heart warms up to see the kids coming and going, not only the little kids… but the older youths as well. They come out of the office and they’re smiling. It keeps me inspired to help and see what else I can contribute.
One time in particular, I was working at my desk with my husband at work, we saw four little kids across the street. They had a really super nice foster mom, she had chubby cheeks. She looked like she bakes cookies all day long, and the four kids sort of look like siblings. The kids each had a plastic bag of stuff, stuffed animals, clothe, and school supplies. They were so excited, happy, smiling, skipping and jumping. I turned to my husband and told him, “This is the good stuff. This is what you want to see. They just look so happy. It looks like they had a good situation there. Somebody sweet is taking care of them.”