Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower program is a Santa Barbara-based, volunteer driven program that delivers fresh-cut flowers, homemade cookies, fine chocolates and cards that are hand made by school children and other groups and individuals to people in hospitals, hospices, cancer centers and their homes. Each month, nearly 100 Flower Empower volunteers assemble and deliver approximately 600 bouquets. Flower delivery referrals come from cancer centers, nurses, social workers, hospices, elder support organizations and the community.
Since its inception in 1994, the program has provided more than 100,000 bouquets to thousands of community members.
Last year, the Flower Empower program logged nearly 3,500 volunteer hours and delivered more than 7,000 bouquets.
To refer a flower recipient, contact Dream Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-4Dreams.
Recipients may have lost a loved one, are recovering from surgery, have received a devastating diagnosis, are having a first or last chemo treatment, are in the hospital or a rehabilitation facility, or are simply in need of cheer. A flower recipient can be anyone within Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
Photo Credit: Kelly Sweda Photography
Our Flower Empower Partners
Santa Barbara County is rich in agricultural history. It’s the largest high-quality cut-flower producing region in the country. Local growers are generous in providing donations of beautiful cut flowers and plants to the Flower Empower program.
In addition to bouquets, flower recipients enjoy fresh-baked cookies, homemade and donated by the Himovitz Family, and artisanal chocolates, donated by Chocolats du CaliBressan (Jill-Marie and Jean-Michel Carre.)
B and H FlowersB and H Flowers produces a variety of commercial, Veriflora-certified flower crops for both mass retail and wholesale distribution, providing customers nationwide with sustainably grown, vibrant, and long-lasting California flowers.
Chocolats du CaliBressanThose of you already familiar with “Le CaliBressan” from France can now enjoy Jean-Michel’s delicious artisan chocolates created fresh right here in the United States! If you are not already acquainted with us and our chocolates, please explore the surprising imagination of Chef Jean-Michel and his wife Jill. Website: http://www.chococalibressan.com/
Ever-BloomEver-Bloom's flower-growing tradition can be traced back 15 generations, to 1699 and the Cornelius family of Holland. Every generation since then, for 288 years has grown flowers or fruit and vegetables. Website: http://www.ever-bloom.com/
FlorabundanceFlorabundance is located in Carpenteria where the mountains of the Los Padres Forest meet the Pacific Ocean, just south of Santa Barbara, California. The fertile flower growing conditions coupled with favorable temperatures ensure a steady harvest of California grown fresh cut flowers and foliages. Our flower packaging techniques are highly developed allowing us to offer a 100% quality guarantee. We invite you to tour our newly improved site, sign-up for our newsletter, and shop online in our store designed for the floral professional. Florabundance is known for excellent and knowledgeable customer service. Website: http://www.fabulousflorals.com/
Maximum NurseryOur commitment keeps Maximum Nursery on the cutting edge. The environment, our customers and our employees are our keys to success. Maximum Nursery Inc, the "oldest" grower of gerbera daisies in the United States of America has been in the forefront in producing high quality gerberas for over 30 years. Website: http://maximumnursery.com/
Myriad FlowersMyriad Flowers is located along California's Central Coast about 5 miles south of Santa Barbara. With 14 acres of Rose greenhouses, 4 acres of Pompon greenhouses, and 20 acres of field flowers, Myriad Flowers sits on three separate locations throughout the Carpinteria Valley. Along with the Roses and Pompons, upcoming crops of Tulips, Iris, Miniature Carnations and Misty Blue will be soon be added to our current field production of Gypsophilia, Statice, Solidaster and Sunflower. Website: http://www.myriadflowers.com
Trader Joe’sIt's not complicated. We just focus on what matters — great food + great prices = Value. Website: http://traderjoes.com/
Westerlay OrchidsFounded in 1978 as Westerlay Roses, Westerlay Orchids is a family-owned and operated commercial grower of orchids located in Carpinteria, California. The company was started by Joe Overgaag following his emigration from the Netherlands to Carpinteria, and later he earned the distinction of being among the first in the nation to widely apply hydroponic growing technology to flowers. Website: http://www.westerlayorchids.com/
Westland Floral Company Inc.Growing & delivering farm fresh, environmentally friendly floral products nationwide. Our 100-acre farm in Carpinteria, CA offers the ideal climate for producing the finest fresh-cut bouquets & potted flowers. Website: http://www.westlandfloral.com
Flower Empower Florist Network
We are also looking for florists across the country who would like to donate their time and floral arrangements, and deliver them to Dreamers and their families.
If you are interested in volunteering for Flower Empower in Santa Barbara, or joining the Flower Empower Florist Network, please contact email@example.com.
Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower recipients’ joy is enough to justify our work, but the healing power of flowers is proven to have a positive effect on health and well-being. Several studies confirm the positive impact that flowers have on the emotional wellness of medical patients including:
- Patients who viewed plants had shorter hospitalizations than those patients without plants. (Therapeutic Influences of Plants in Hospital Rooms on Surgical Recovery, Kansas State University, February 2009)
- Flowers chase away anxieties, worries and the blues at home. (Home Ecology of Flowers Study, Harvard University, September 2006 )
- Seniors who received flowers re-engaged with members of their communities and enlarged their social contacts to include more neighbors, religious support and even medical personnel. (Flowers & Seniors Study, Human Development Lab at Rutgers University, 2001)
Photo Credits: Kelly Sweda Photography and Kiel Rucker Photography