By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
About a year and a half ago, Jake Hampu quit his job and looked for ways he could make a difference.
Now, he has his own nonprofit Unified Dreams, that aims to support other nonprofits by producing videos of their efforts.
Unified Dreams is the name of a record label Hampu once created after going to school for sound engineering. Knowing he had the name, had the skills and had nonprofits interested in receiving support he put the name to use.
His first project is with the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, the first nonprofit he volunteered with after quitting his job.
“I didn’t know much about the garden,” he said. “But I knew I wanted to help.”
After one visit, he said he fell in love and wanted to get involved. So, he got to work helping with fundraisers, building floats for parades and teaching a Jr. Carpentry class. Hampu, a former Marine, has taught children how to make tool boxes and bird feeders.
Then, he became involved with Street Waves, another local nonprofit that teaches kids how to swim and surf. The founder asked him if he knew how to surf and he didn’t.
“I am this long-haired guy who listens to Jack Johnson and can’t surf,” he said. “I went out with 20 kids and caught on real quick. I said I would love to continue coming back as a volunteer.”
One day, he said he brought his GoPro to capture the kids riding the surf. He made a three minute video and then the idea for Unified Dreams came to him. He could combine his passion for helping others and technological skill set to create short videos for nonprofits to use to spread the word about their missions.
“The three minute show on what the kids did over the summer, it sparked something in me that said, ‘Hey, this might have a purpose,’” he said.
And Unified Dreams was created.
He said he spends a few weeks with the nonprofit and captures their story on film.
“I find out how they got started, what the vision of the organization is, where they are now, their hopes and dreams for the future,” he said.
He edits the content down to a short 5-10 minute film for the nonprofits to use. The Delray Children’s Garden video was completed last month.
“I want to help meaningful nonprofits that are changing children’s lives,” he said.