The KBP Cares program helped me and my family get back on our feet. I’m very thankful and gracious and here to say that I’m glad that there’s a program out here like this, for people who are really in need like me and my family. I cannot express more how great this program is, it’s a lifesaver, it is a sense of comfort when you’re in a bad situation and most of all I feel it’s a blessing. The program saved me from going into foreclosure with my mortgage, it’s saved me from getting my power cut off but most of all it gives you peace of mind when you’re going through a bad moment allowing you to get back on your feet. Thanks to everyone that donates to this program because, without their help, me and my family wouldn’t have the Peace of Mind that we have because of KBP Cares. Thank You, Thank You. It is great to know that the program does look after you and your family like it says it does, and most of all for being the great family that they are.
It’s that time of year again when we reflect on our blessings. The mission of KBP Cares is to be a blessing to others so this note isn’t hard for me to write. As of last Friday we had given 22k in the month of November! KBP Cares has been a blessing… check!
First, I want to thank our managers and our trainers at KBP Foods. You present the KBP Cares opportunity to every new hire during orientation. You are incredibly valuable to Cares and to the families that receive the grants. Thank you for your passion during your presentation of our program. We know that our charity can be complex and you do a magnificent job in presenting it with heart. Thank you!
Second, Thank You to the people of KBP that choose to donate at least ONE DOLLAR per pay period, knowing that one dollar is cutting into their livelihood and they still heard the calling of charity. I promise you, every family that has received a KBP Cares grant thanks you from the bottom of their heart. YOU are making a difference, you save lives…we hear this daily.
Third, I am very thankful to Mike Kulp, my husband. KBP Cares was his baby. He knew there was a huge need for this program and went to great lengths to make this a reality. He used to come home with some of the worst stories that he would hear on the road. There were so many and the company couldn’t help them all. I am honored that he, along with the rest of the KBP Foods leadership group looked to me when they needed someone to lead this program.
For me, KBP Cares is “what it’s all about!” Our company preaches about our culture of caring, which is why we support many different charities that are incredibly deserving of every penny they receive. KBP Cares is about YOU, our employees- Our Team Members, our shift managers, managers, area coaches and their immediate families! Cares is here when you go through a medical emergency, a natural disaster like that punk Irma or Harvey or even when you have a landlord that is messing with you. KBP Cares is a special organization because YOU choose to support each other! You support people you don’t even know and that is awesome.
Fourth, I am thankful for Kristen, our KBP Cares advocate. She takes every application personally and advocates for each and every person as if they were her mother or father. I know she takes her work home with her each night and worries about each applicant and how they are doing. She is the perfect person for this position.
Today, I pray for each of us. That we can be grateful for what we have. Our families will gather around a table, close our eyes and hold hands to tell each other what we are thankful for. May we all feel peace, love, and thankfulness in that moment.
President, KBP Cares
And, our mission statement has changed a little…
2 years ago in June, KBP Cares went live! A board was created. A website company was hired. (Then fired) – we can talk about that over a happy hour! An application was created and mulled over and over and over again. A lot of work went into creating this little baby of ours and we are pretty proud of it.
Our Mission was: “To provide HOPE and encouragement in times of critical hardship through financial grants to employees within the KBP Foods family.” In April 2016 I took over as President of the KBP Cares. As I have been finding my way within this public 501(c)3 charity of ours I realize that our “Mission” within KBP Cares is to “provide support, relief, and HOPE.” I believe that these three words matter within KBP Cares. When emergencies occur, having “support” is essential. In 2016, KBP Cares hired their first dedicated Advocate to support our KBP Family when they submitted an application. I know on this side of KBP Cares, our advocate was essential and feedback we received mirrored that thought. “Relief” is the feeling someone is able to experience when they are told that KBP Cares will pay their rent for a month or two because the hardship they experienced caused them to spend their rent money. We hear the “relief” on the other end of the phone line. “HOPE!” is the goal. There is light on the other side of the tunnel.
At KBP Cares, our mission is to provide relief in times of critical hardship, support when there is nowhere else to turn and HOPE through financial grants to employees within the KBP Foods family.