From the Heart
Serving the One Hot Meal that Matters
Hope, Friendship, Compassion, Connect, Inspire + Serve
Welcome to FROM THE HEART the bi-monthly newsletter from Operation BBQ Relief. We hope you enjoy what you find inside and learn more about how OBR helps others after disasters and stay up to date with special events and the special people we meet along the way. Let us know how you like it and share it with a friend.
FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS
2019 has been an active year for extreme weather and our volunteers are always eager to serve impacted communities. For that, we thank you! We’re thrilled by the enthusiasm of our volunteer base. Many of you are curious how and when we make the decision to deploy. So, here is a quick overview of the process we follow to make that determination.
Local first responders and community officials spend the first 24 hours checking on their residents and making their own assessments of damage and needs. We have a process in place to work with local officials in assessing feeding needs, but that process may take up to 48 hours as the need may be slow to materialize.
OBR’s niche is “mass feeding” in communities that cannot sustain themselves in the initial aftermath of a catastrophic event. While most weather events impact some number of people and our hearts go out to those affected, it doesn’t necessarily translate into a “mass feeding” need. Our assessment process includes many people and takes many variables into account. Ultimately, if a community can take care of itself, then it’s important that we don’t disrupt the healing process and impact the local businesses as they try to recover as well.
What can you do? Watch our social media pages for updates. We try our best to proactively post on social media as soon as possible after a catastrophic event, even if it’s just to let everyone know that we’re monitoring the situation. But most importantly, ensure that you have the free OBR Volunteers app downloaded to your smart device. We push deployment notifications out via the app to our entire volunteer base, and you can use the app to keep your contact information up to date. The OBR Volunteers app is available for download; simply click below for the appropriate system based on your device:
As always, we thank you for your support!!
Will Cleaver and Stan Hays
Co-Founders of Operation BBQ Relief
June 1-2, 2019 – Deployed to Linwood, Kansas
We showed up on June 1st, ready to serve that one meal that matters to the residents if Linwood, Kansas whose lives were turned upside down by the the EF-4 tornado that ripped through their town. Over the course of the two-day deployment, we served 2000 meals to the residents and first responders. Our thanks go out to all of our volunteers, many of whom were locals who showed up to help their neighbors.
For more details about the impact of the tornado and the OBR deployment, read this great article from KSHB.com, local news station in Kansas City.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered!
#WeAreOBR #OBRcares #TheHealingPowerOfBBQ
June 1-5, 2019 – Deployed to Dayton, Ohio
The same swarm of storms that wreaked havoc in Kansas also struck Ohio at the very end of May. After analyzing the situation on the ground with the assistance of the local authorities, OBR deployed to Dayton, OH and set up shop to serve that one meal that matters, along with a side of compassion and friendship to the residents of the hard-hit town.
After five days on the ground, OBR was able to shutdown the site as the local community started to get back on its feet and take care of itself. We served a total of 15,172 meals during that deployment and made many new friends. Thank you to everyone who came out to help!
#WeAreOBR #OBRcares #TheHealingPowerOfBBQ
Cookbook Update – Order Yours Today!
Operation BBQ Relief’s Cookbook, Operation BBQ, hit the shelf April 9th. There are 200 recipes from Grand Champion Pitmasters. You can order your cookbook now and know that OBR’s portion of the proceeds go towards serving the One Hot BBQ Meal That Matters. Help us help others with this tasty investment in your collection. Order your Cookbook today anywhere books are sold, including through the OBR store on the website.
It’s not too late – order today!
Operation BBQ Relief now has a Critical Incident Stress Management Program. As we carry out our mission, sometimes our volunteers are put in some very stressful situations, whether it be on a deployment or doing work behind the scenes during non-deployment times. The effects may not be felt at the moment but might be in a day or two, a week, months or can be triggered years later. We just want you to know OBR is here and willing to help.
We have three trained and certified personnel willing to help you. It is very easy to contact them. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be answered ASAP. All cases are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
We urge anyone who is dealing with any stress management issue that is affecting their personal life to please reach out and let our team help you.
Ways To Help Operation BBQ Relief
Team OBR has accomplished a lot since our inception. In the last seven years, we have grown from a startup organization to being one of the largest providers of hot meals during disasters. Our BBQ background prepares us to be really great problem solvers and so much of disaster relief is solving big problems to help others. One problem that we are trying to solve is the peaks and valleys of funding between deployments as the ongoing expenses do not go away when we are not deployed. A few of these expenses are vehicle and trailer maintenance, warehouse space, storage, and insurance.
We are asking for your help in 2019 toward a monthly giving campaign. This campaign allows our supporters to budget their monthly contributions throughout the year and allows OBR to better manage our ongoing expenses. Our 2019 annual goal is to add 1,000 new monthly supporters during the year. Thank you for being part of Operation BBQ Relief and helping us help others. If you wish to sign up for a monthly giving program, go to OperationBBQrelief.org/donate or click here to enroll.
Other Ways To Help
Volunteer – We are always in need of volunteers. Let us know your skills and come join Team OBR.
Company matching contribution – Most large companies will match your contribution. Ask your HR Department and double up your donation.
In-kind Donation – If you have equipment or a product that we use, your donation is always appreciated.
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