What makes us believe
What makes us believe? The thousands of volunteers who walk through the doors of our Believe In Tomorrow Houses to donate their services every day.
Thanks to Believe In Tomorrow volunteers, our children and families can take one step closer to believing in tomorrow.
Interested in learning more about volunteering? Read below to find out how others have helped and how you can help too. Scroll through our volunteer opportunities on the right to discover ways to lend a hand right now.
It’s Iron Chef: Believe In Tomorrow Edition!
With only $200 and five hours, 16 chefs were challenged to create three separate dishes at the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins. Team WOO and Team CoCo were pitted against each other in this Iron Chef-style battle. The challenge was not easy; each meal had to feed 45 hungry people and every single dish had to involve the secret ingredient: VANILLA!
This Iron Chef Family Supper was part of a week-long conference for McCormick Spice Company’s Americas Regional Board, comprised of top executives from countries including the United States, Canada, England, Venezuela, and St. Croix. The surprise challenge was announced at the end of a conference luncheon, and although board members expected to prepare a Family Supper, they were no doubt caught off-guard with the challenge of carrying out a complete battle!
After the big reveal of the secret ingredient, the two teams were directed to Allez Cuisine! – the traditional Iron Chef call to culinary battle. Both teams raced to purchase ingredients and return to the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House. Armed with their goods, and none other than a battalion of McCormick spices, each team got right to work in their own kitchen. After a grueling five hours of shopping, creating, and cooking, both teams presented their dishes to a panel of guest judges – 15 Believe In Tomorrow families.
Team WOO wowed the judges with crab lasagna covered in a creamy, vanilla-infused cheese sauce, a tossed salad, and chocolate chip vanilla ice cream cookie sandwiches. Team CoCo brought more of a Mexican flair to their dishes with vanilla-y chicken and beef fajitas, homemade guacamole with vanilla, and vanilla rice crispy treats.
The judges deliberated using secret ballots, with the results coming to a completely unexpected tie! The two teams had done such an equally brilliant job that both had won the competition. It may have been an unorthodox ending, but the talent quality was just TOO high to choose one winner.
Thank you, McCormick’s Americas Regional Board, for such an exhilarating and fun night at the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins! We look forward to hearing more about the culinary antics of these teams...
LATEST & GREATEST
In June 2012, the Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir, our long-term hospital housing facility for pediatric bone marrow transplant patients, received a custom-designed building wrap through Signs By Tomorrow. The national sign and graphics company hosted a contest where entrants could submit a building or item of choice to receive a custom wrap, a type of advertising that covers a large surface area using a special material – similar to a large, vinyl sticker.
Out of over 100 entries from around the country, the Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir first made it to the top 5 nominations, and then received the most votes overall to win the contest! The wrap was designed to help spread awareness of Believe In Tomorrow's hospital housing program in a fun, childlike way, helping the building stand out in the busy Baltimore neighborhood of Canton.
Check out a video of the wrap installation, from beginning to end!
A special thanks to Signs By Tomorrow, 3M Commercial Graphics and United Application Standards Group (UASG) for making this happen.
Every year, Believe In Tomorrow recognizes an Unsung Hero at its Annual Benefit and Auction. This person is someone who goes beyond the boundaries of service, putting heart and soul into thoughtful and inspiring projects for the foundation. The amount of effort, time and assets this person spends makes them more than a contributor; they become part of the heartbeat of the organization and a forever friend. These are our Unsung Heroes.