Phone 309-202-2688

Service Area

Service area includes seniors within 50-mile radius of Pekin and The Villages, FL.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following listing answers some of the common questions we hear. If you don’t find the answer to your question below, please contact us at 309-202-2688. Or, email us at

Q. What is Dreams for Seniors Charity?

Dreams for Seniors Charity (Dreams for Seniors) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on celebrating seniors, granting their wishes and making dreams come true.

In our bustling society, we don’t often pause to applaud and appreciate our elders who have had such a positive impact on our lives. Through Dreams for Seniors, anyone in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford, Illinois, counties can submit a “senior dream” for consideration.

Perhaps your elderly neighbor wants to reconnect with a friend she hasn’t spoken to in years. Or your grandmother would like a computer so that she can stay in touch via email with family and friends. Or a nursing home resident you visit would like to go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

That’s where we step in. We bring together the resources and “people power” to make those dreams come true.

Q. When was Dreams for Seniors Charity founded?

Dreams for Seniors Charity was founded in 2005 by Debbie Davison, Executive Director, in Pekin, Illinois. For years, Debbie has served as the director for the local affiliate of the Dream Factory and wanted to form a similar organization focused on seniors.

Q. What types of dreams have you granted?

Dreams for Seniors has granted a wide-range of dreams for our dream recipients. And we’ll consider any reasonable dream request. In general, our dream requests have fallen into one of the following broad categories:

  • Reunion with family and/or friends
  • Home cleaned, repaired and/or yard upkeep
  • Getting connected via computer/Internet
  • Going “back in time” to perform a job or take part in fun event similar to one in the past
  • Support for the necessities (food, shelter, clothing)
  • Realize a lifelong dream
  • Meet a hero
  • Attendance at a special event

To learn more about the actual dreams granted by our organization, check out these stories.

Q. How can I support Dreams for Seniors?

Glad you asked! Being a member of the Dreams for Seniors family means celebrating seniors and making their dreams come true. There are a variety of options to support out organization. You can learn the details by checking out our Get Involved section.

Q. What qualifications must a senior have to qualify to have a dream granted by Dreams for Seniors?

Naturally, we wish we had the resources to grant dreams to every senior citizen in our service area. They’re certainly all deserving. Dreams for Seniors, however, must focus on those seniors least likely to be able to achieve their dream without our help. So we needed to put some parameters in place to help us focus on those elders most in need. In summary, individual dream candidates are senior citizens 68-years-old or older who are critically or chronically ill (or a younger person suffering from a life threatening disease).

Each dream submission is carefully assessed to determine its match to our dream granting guidelines.

  • Be 68-years-old or older with a chronic or critical disease or a younger person suffering from a life threatening disease.
  • Reside within a 50-mile radius of Pekin, Illinois.
  • Have the physical and mental ability to participate in the dream’s fulfillment.

Q. Can I request a dream for myself?

Yes. If you’re a senior meeting our dream granting guidelines, you deserve it!

Q. How do I request a dream?

Either call our office at 309-202-2688. Or visit the Request a Dream section of this website and complete the online form.

Q. Are there any limitations to the dreams that can be fulfilled?

Yes. Here again, while we wish we could fulfill every dream brought to our attention, we simply must focus our resources on those seniors with the greatest need. Certainly the “type” of dream request and the “cost” to fulfill the dream are the two primary considerations. The recipient’s dream must be able to be fulfilled within our organization’s dream spending guidelines (typically $500 to $1,000 per dream). Or, we must be able to find and partner with a sponsor who will partially or fully donate their time and/or services. Also, we obviously would not fulfill any dream request that would put the dream recipient or any of our volunteers in danger.

Q. How do I make a financial contribution to Dreams for Seniors Charity?

First, thank you so much for supporting our organization. Trust that your contribution will have a positive impact on the lives of senior citizens in our area. Simply send in your check or money order with our form to our office. After receiving your contribution, Dreams for Seniors Charity will send you a receipt to acknowledge your donation and serve as a record for your tax return.

Q. Are my monetary donations to Dreams for Seniors Charity tax deductible?

Yes, in many instances. However, your personal tax bracket and your filing status determine the actual deduction for your charitable contribution(s). If you have questions, we recommend you consult with you tax accountant and/or check out this area of the Internal Revenue website and then consult with your own tax accountant.


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