Working behind the scenes to promote and extend Operation BBQ Relief's outreach has been an amazing eye opening experience. I have the opportunity to work alongside and support a family of volunteers. Small and mighty with giant hearts we are dedicated to communities that need some support while they get an infrastructure set up and running.
Our BBQ association here in Colorado was tapped by Operation BBQ Relief August 2013. Historic 100 year flooding in Northern Colorado due to a high amount of precipitation throughout the summer led to the catastrophe of public infrastructure, business's, and homes.
I had numerous friends that lived along a 100 mile bike route that we ride including a fellow BBQ teammate that had various degrees of damage from the flooding. I contemplated how to help them out but there was no way of communicating with them to find out their needs.
Shortly thereafter we got the call out to deploy for OBR. It was at that point that I meet up with our association's BBQ competitors only this time we weren't competing against each other. We worked and functioned 24 hours a day for seven days. We prepared and smoked meats along with sides for the displaced homeowners, first responders, and fellow volunteers like the Salvation Army and Team Rubicon.
It was during OBR's first deployment in Colorado that I knew I found a fit for my role in volunteering for an
non-profit organization. OBR is the one to this day for me. Thank you OBR!
I had heard of Operation BBQ Relief a couple of years before signing up to be a volunteer. I wanted to wait and see if the organization was going to do what it said it was going to do, before I joined. Well they looked as if they were doing just that and I joined as a volunteer. Not long after that, there was a tornado in my state that required a deployment. I was lucky enough to be able to take off work and go help. Even though I knew several volunteers on site, there were many I didn't. I left knowing everyone and being a life long friend to most of them. As being raised in a loving home by my parents, and being shown how to be a giving person, nothing could have prepared me for the life changing moments during that deployment. The picture in this review is what changed my life. As the old saying goes " you have never really done anything for anyone, until you do something for someone with them not ever being able to repay you" well that really hit home on that first deployment. All I thought I was doing, was what I liked to do. Cook bbq. Little did I know what was really going on. I was getting bit by the "bug" to continue on with this great organization. There is nothing that makes me prouder than someone asking me about Operation BBQ Relief and letting me tell them our story. I hope whoever is reading this review has the chance to get bit by the "bug". It will change your life! #iamobr
I have witnessed first hand the dedication and hard work the volunteers for this great organization have for feeding the displaced and first responders in times of natural disasters. The looks on the people being fed are both heart breaking and heart warming.
After an EF5 tornado ravaged Moore, OK, I went home to help my mother. Being an avid bbq cook, I heard a lot of buzz about this organization. I went to the cook site to donate some goods and to volunteer for a few hours, 10 days later I left! What an amazing organization making a difference in the world in times of need!
This organization never stops giving back to the communities that have an immediate need. Millions of first responders and victims have benefited from this organization. Please consider supporting OBR.
We are small but we are mighty.
I help work behind the scenes with marketing and having worked with other non-profits the one thing that I like about Operation BBQ Relief is that we can get things done fast! Our mission is to feed people after natural disasters occur and many times have been able to arrive quickly because we basically have mobile kitchens/smokers to cook and feed people. If there is a need to feed 500 or 300,000k meals to disaster victims in a storm-hit community, we can get it done.
In the few years I have been a volunteer, time and time again I am amazed at the resilience of everyone in the volunteer network when there is a need to help others whether it be on a deployment, behind the scenes, or becoming an Ambassador in your local area. I am happy to volunteer with Operation BBQ Relief because I know that the time spent is helping those who need it most.
It's amazing what a small group of people can do yet help so many.
My wife and I became involved with Operation BBQ Relief during the aftermath of the Joplin tornado in 2011. We have remained active with OBR and have participated in several more disaster responses and it has been a life changing journey for us. OBR provides hot, nutritious meals to those who have been affected by disaster, whether it be the person who has lost everything they own or the person who is working from sunup to sundown to help. Many times we have offered food to people who were only vaguely interested, until they learned we were offering barbecue and suddenly they were hungry. Barbecue is comfort food and that means a lot to people who have lost so much.
Operation BBQ Relief is totally a volunteer organization, no one is paid for their time, meaning all monies donated go back into funding their deployments. Our goal is to provide one meal for every one dollar donated, so people who donate can rest assured their money is going directly to a great cause.
In June of 2016 West Virginia was hit with a massive flood that effected not only the county and town I lived in but others in the State as well. I operate a small BBQ Catering and Vending business and have a large capacity cooker. The flood hit on a Thursday and devastated the area. Friday evening my wife and I decided to pull our smoker to White Sulphur Springs, a nearby town that was hit hard by the flood, to cook for the victims, first responders and volunteers etc. Being "in" the BBQ Community and doing a few professional competitions I knew about Operation BBQ Relief ("OBR"). That Saturday as we were well in to cooking and serving meals and I decided to reach out to OBR. They called me back within minutes of me reaching out. The food we cooked Saturday were local donations but once OBR was notified they purchased the food for Sunday and also had several cook teams and volunteers heading to our location. Monday the operation was set up and serving food. The operation lasted until Wednesday as other organizations were coming in and setting up. Not only did OBR send teams to White Sulphur Springs they also sent several teams to the Kanawha County area who were also effected by the flood. In all total we served over 35,000 meals between the two locations. OBR went above and beyond the call! Had generators and lights delivered and several large cooking units! It was very humbling. This organization deploys to natural disasters and devastating events throughout the United States. A great organization full of great people! Since this deployment I have taking the role of WV State Lead for OBR.
Deployed to Hammond Louisiana with OBR. It was a large deployment for the flooded area. The overwriting theme was to prepare good meals, not just good but hot, flavored and prepared in a clean environment. Everyone working did it because they wanted to help, not for notoriety but to honestly help. Volunteers came from all across the country, some using their family vacation time to be there and serve. Also of note was safety. Safety for the volunteers, safety for the delivery drivers and workers, and safety for clients coming for their food. We were amazed by the amount of donated items: the food, sauces for flavoring, calm shell boxes, silverware packs, serving pans and lids, gloves and countless other items. Would not have been able to do any of it without such caring sponsors and partners. A great, humbling and overwhelming experience. Hooked for life as a volunteer with this organization.