Dora’s Dream is a 501 (c) (3) with a mission to prevent and reverse childhood obesity and related conditions in minority communities through food, fitness, family, and faith. The nonprofit started with a pilot program, funded by a $5,000 grant from the Syracuse Road Warriors that is being managed by the SUNY Foundation. In a true community effort, it brings together a supermarket, Wegmans; a restaurant, Gentiles Bella Cigna; and a Pentecostal church, Open Arm’s Ministries.

The program is designed to engage minority religious communities in a health-focused program that is tied to sermons, supported by science, and implemented through educational modules including food preparation, cooking demonstrations, and behavioral and nutritional teaching. There will also be movement-based activities that are family based including games, dances, walks, and more.

You can make a donation to Dora’s Dream via check. Make your check payable to the Upstate Foundation, and note fund number 42957 in the memo line.

The Upstate Foundation
750 E. Adams Street
CAB326 Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone 315.464.4416


Pictures from the 2016 Spring event, “Soups, Stews and Chillis,” held at Open Arms Church.