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  • Operations call tomorrow 9pm cst/10pm EST
  • Conference Room has been setup for our offsite on 10/20 and agenda is almost complete.
  • If you have anyone that is interested in volunteering with us, please be aware of the process of onboarding:
    • Any volunteer MUST be vetted by Melissa. Please send her the person’s Name, Phone number and Email address and she will contact them as soon as she is able.
    • All volunteers must go to http://www.cajunrelief.org/volunteer to register to be a volunteer
    • Once Melissa approves, and we have the volunteer in our system, Anoukin needs to know. Anoukin will then send the Non-disclosure document to the person.
    • Once the NDA is signed and returned, Anoukin will setup the volunteer’s email address and give them access to Workplace, as approved by Rob and Melissa
    • Volunteers will then be turned over to Tarah for intake training or to another lead for training in that area
  • We have 1 upcoming event coming up- please go to our FB page and like both events, mark yourself as interested and share, share, share!
  • If you are on LinkedIn, please go and connect with our page: The Cajun Relief Foundation
  • Our shop is up and running. People can buy car decals, t-shirts and Ms. Donna’s print. Please try to get people to our website so they can buy!! http://www.cajunrelief.org/shop/


Operational Updates:

Strategic Partnerships Updates

  • We have a new purchasing agent. She will be helping us scale our efforts with meeting needs through campaigns. We’re thrilled she’s on board.
  • Melissa on-boarded two more writers for campaigns and created a campaign staff group on workplace. Writing guidelines have been posted for all campaign writers.
  • Melissa is working with contacts on the ground in the Keys for more options to permanently house volunteers for the long term
  • Melissa Reached out to call center to confirm procedures. Awaiting a call back.
  • Followed up with ID badges. Hoping to finalize and ship tomorrow
  • Meeting to discuss logistics and partner groups for Kohls rebuild scheduled for this evening
  • Created thank you video for Vocal Minority
  • We are now officially working with CrisisCleanup and we are very excited for this partnership.
  • We are still recruiting Volunteers in Houston, Baton Rouge and South Florida. If you know of people that are good writers and photographers- WE NEED THEM ASAP. Please have them go http://www.cajunrelief.org/volunteer and let Melissa know so she can vet them. We have 6 new volunteers that will be writers- Melissa is training them.
  • We are thrilled to be working with Kohl’s department stores on an amazing relief effort for Houston!! We will be out on 10/23 in Houston at 2 locations. Location information is has been submitted to Kohls. We are working supplies and organizing all efforts.
    • Conferenced with Elizabeth from Kohls. Monday Oct. 23rd has been confirmed as the date for the rebuild with their volunteers
  • We are VERY EXCITED to announce that we won a $5000 grant from Vocal Minority! Hopefully we have more grant/ donations coming soon!!
  • We are very excited to announce that we are partnered with Roseland Oil and Gas!! This is a big opportunity and big props to Aschley for making the connection!

www.Cajunrelif.org Update/ Technology Update

  • We are looking into an SMS partner. We want to be able to send out announcements and updates to our followers. Taylor is working on this and should have an update soon!
  • We are also going to have a digital ID card- this is late this week. Physical ID cards are in the template process and should be finished this week.
  • Brock is working on re-doing the main page of the website- Rob and Melissa to review and will be published soon.

Team + Tiger Update

  • Tiger is out in Puerto Rico and doing amazing Facebook LIVE posts. When he does, please like and SHARE! He is providing critical information that needs to be shared by everyone. Cajun Relief really supports him and all of his efforts- we need money to help keep him doing what he is amazing at and by sharing his posts, people will hopefully donate. Update: Tiger and team are starting to get low on funds. If people would like to donate please let us know.
  • A lot of people were connected today- infrastructure came back online and National Guard has stepped in.
  • With the National Guard stepping in infrastructure is going to improve and Tiger and other teams will continue to provide logistics.
  • US Coast Guard/ National Guard have been working amazingly hard- along with the civilian groups. BIG THANK YOU! The level of cooperation is amazing between these groups and the logistics people.
  • Rangers have been hiking through mountains to get to people in the very hard to access areas


Field Operations Update- Bill Holmberg

Bill and Team spent their day distributing food and water in the under-privileged areas in Marathon.

Marathon Key- A few ongoing initiatives:

  • School Children- 2 truck-loads of school supplies coming in, latest one delivered yesterday and another truck coming next week. Teachers are requesting several hundred uniforms for the children if you know anyone that can help, contact Bill!
  • Distribution- getting out into the low-income neighborhoods with food/water- and moving on to the cleaning supplies- we have a dozen pallets of buckets of cleaning supplies and are being handed out door-to-door, along with hygiene items and paper products
    • 10 pallets worth of items were distributed today. We have another 20 pallet full- trucks coming in from three states with more supplies.
  • Trying to find an area to put up a “tent city” so that we can bring in volunteers and transition to a construction phase for low-income areas.