Volunteer Now

Nothing beats the feeling of helping others. Click here to sign up for a shift during the Outer Banks Triathlon, September 13, 14 and 15. So many different ways you can help — all of them raise funds for local students and people enduring a medical crisis.

The Lubosch Family

Kenny and Elaine Lubosch are originally from Roanoke, Virginia. They moved to the Outer Banks 7 years ago, attracted to the area by the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T).  Elaine, who worked at the Roanoke Zoo, was losing her sight and knew that she would soon be totally blind. She wanted an opportunity to continue to work with animals, even if it had to be on a volunteer basis. N.E.S.T. provided that opportunity.

In October of 2018, Kenny had just started working full-time as a driver for UPS and also worked part-time as a monitor during the beach nourishment project to ensure the safety of the sea turtles. Elaine was a stay-at-home mom caring for the couple’s 20-month-old daughter and volunteering for N.E.S.T. On October 5th of that year, Kenny was involved in an automobile accident while driving the family car in Manteo. The car was a total loss. Kenny suffered a fractured ankle and spinal cord injuries.

A projected five weeks out of work without pay soon turned into three months. Although Kenny had insurance to help with the hospital bills, the young couple did not know how they were going to pay their rent and utilities or even purchase diapers for their young child. Fortunately, Elaine’s social worker with the North Carolina Division of the Blind referred the family to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. We were able to help the family with two months of rent.

“The Relief Foundation was absolutely amazing. Rent was our largest bill and was the scary one,” Kenny said. “We would not have made it without the help we received.” 

Today things are looking up for this young family. Although they still have hospital bills from the accident, Kenny is healthy and back at work. And this spring they became a family of four when they welcome another baby girl. 

Warehouse Space for Lease

IMPACT OBX fundraising campaign underway

The Relief Foundation realizes that its historic reliance on event-based fundraising cannot alone suport the growing need. While Couture by the Shore, the Outer Banks Marathon, and other Outer Banks Sporting Events races will always be part of our culture and identity, the Relief Foundation is moving into a time when it must engage with supporters on a personal, individual level.

IMPACT OBX is a fundraising campaign with a $1 million goal. The Relief Foundation is asking the community to give directly to fund our mission. Though no running is involved, you’ll find it does just as much good for your heart!

Read more here.

OBX VACATION RAFFLE

There are 9 raffle tickets left for a chance to win a one week stay in an oceanfront house in Duck. Drawing to be held on May 11, 2019 at Couture by the Shore, need not be present to win. Enter online at: https://www.outerbanksrelieffoundation.com/donate/

Enter the amount $100
Enter all the contact and billing address details requested
Select Yes under General Contribution
In the comments section enter: Couture Vacation Raffle
Finally click on payment details to enter your credit card info. We will contact you with your ticket number!

Relief in Brief

Dylan Hughes is an Outer Banks native and a 2015 graduate of Manteo High School. Growing up in Manteo, he enjoyed water sports and was passionate about theater, appearing in school and outside productions. After high school, Dylan started working at Roanoke Island Festival Park. If you have been to the Settlement Site in the last few years, you may have seen Dylan in costume delighting children, locals, and tourists by playing the role of the head blacksmith. 

In January 2018, Dylan’s life changed. He found himself needing oxygen 24 hours a day and unable to work. The Cystic Fibrosis he was diagnosed with at age 9 had progressed to a critical stage. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a progressive genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. People with CF have a defective gene that causes a thick sticky buildup of mucous in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. While there has been significant progress in treating the disease, there is no cure and many lives are cut far too short.

Sick and unable to work, Dylan went through his savings and found himself having to choose between buying food and paying his rent. He was not yet receiving disability.  His family helped as much as they could. Like many who eventually find their way to the Relief Foundation, Dylan was not someone who thought he would ever have to ask for help. His first stop was Dare County Social Services who assisted him in applying for food stamps and in completing the Relief Foundation application. The Foundation immediately stepped in and paid Dylan’s rent for the next four months. Those rent payments along with Food Stamps and assistance from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation helped Dylan to bridge the gap and make his way to Duke where he finally received a lung transplant in October 2018.

When asked about the help he received from the Relief Foundation, Dylan said, “I am incredibly grateful that there is an organization like the Relief Foundation on the Outer Banks. They helped me so much. It was life changing. I cannot put it into words.”

Dylan is again living on his own and has been approved for disability.  While he knows there is always a chance for rejection, he feels fortunate and said he prefers the 40 pills he takes a day to the breathing treatments he once had to endure. He looks forward to returning to his “dream job” at Roanoke Island Festival Park where he can again use his talents to teach our local history through his performances.

Campaign Committee October Meeting

Outer Banks Relief Foundation Campaign Committee working hard and having fun supporting our favorite cause! Neighbors helping neighbors in our community!

From left, Keith Curtis, Monica Thibodeau, Heather Sakers, Susan Clissold, Jane Webster, Abby Weber, Patty McKenna, Millie Ward, Scott Brown.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This is a nationwide annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The Outer Banks community is very much involved and we give our heartfelt thanks to the many local businesses who have increased awareness and raised funds needed for breast cancer research in 2018. Here’s the short list:

In July, the Nags Head Golf Links Ladies’ Driving Fore the Cure raised $44,000 — $22,000 for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation to provide financial relief for breast cancer patients and another $22,000 to provide scalp cooling cap therapy so that patients might keep their hair during chemotherapy.

Now through the end of October, Tanger Outlets in Nags Head is hosting TangerPink. Purchase a $10 Pink Card and receive 25% OFF any item at participating stores. Proceeds go to The Outer Banks Relief Foundation and BCRF.

Nags Head Fire & Rescue is raising money for breast cancer awareness. Buy a t-shirt, sizes S-XXL for $20. Proceeds go to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

Vidant Health and the Outer Banks Hospital are promoting breast cancer awareness through the Pink Power Tour (www.vidanthealth.com/Campaigns/Pink-Power).

Community Foundation Grants Help Relief Foundation Plan for the Future

Nags Head, NC – When the Outer Banks Relief Foundation wanted to assess its operations and plan for a bright future, the Outer Banks Community Foundation was there to help them build capacity through grants from the Milton A. Jewell Grant Fund and the Community Fund.

With two Community Foundation grants totaling $25,000 over the past two years, the Relief Foundation has made great strides — commissioning an organizational assessment by The Curtis Group of Virginia Beach and then implementing the study’s recommendations on management and fundraising best practices. The grants also enabled the Relief Foundation to purchase computers and software platforms to support their systems improvements.

“With the Community Foundation’s help, we have been able to invest in the right infrastructure to do our work well, easing the burdens of those in our community struggling with medical issues or other personal tragedies,” says Scott Brown, the vice president of the Relief Foundation. “The Outer Banks Community Foundation grants provided the capital to help us thrive as a key local asset.”

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2006 to assist people who live and work on the Outer Banks and are burdened with financial difficulties due to a debilitating disease or an unexpected tragedy. The foundation currently assists about 100 people each year with average support of $1,500 per family. Since its founding, the foundation has distributed over $1.68 million of financial assistance to 819 individuals and families, paying pressing household bills during times of personal crisis such as cancer battles or recovery from stroke or house fire.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages $18 million in 180 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 50 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

(left to right) Community Foundation board member Bruce Austin and executive director Lorelei Costa present a $25,000 check to Relief Foundation executive director Patty McKenna and vice president Scott Brown representing the total investment of recent Community Foundation grants in the Relief Foundation’s capacity.