Project Description

Operation Firewood: Winter 2020–2021

The winter of 2020–2021 was one of the coldest in recent memory. A 10-day stretch of sub-zero temperatures threatened the lives of the state’s homeless population. Dabbler & Friends mobilized to get firewood to this community in order to keep warm.

Project Recap By the Numbers

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Cords of Wood Cut, Split, and Donated
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Homeless Encampments Served
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Handwarmers Delivered to Homeless
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Bars, Breweries, and Organizations received wood
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Clothing Items Delivered To Homeless
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Gallons of Gas and Oil for Sawing and Splitting Logs
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People Donated Money from 12 States
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Volunteers Who Helped Saw, Split, Stack, and Deliver Wood

Message from Matt Kenevan, founder of Dabbler & Friends

It took an army of people to make all of this happen. Every dollar, every volunteer, every donation, every social media share and like made a difference in people’s lives. Thank you!

So much heat was made from so much love. Truly one of my favorite parts of this project was working with the people who volunteered. I can’t say how many of those people I was able to reconnect with that I haven’t spoken to in years.  So many people I met for the first time. So many people I just knew through social media.

But perhaps the most meaningful thing I took away from this project was forming relationships with our city’s homeless citizens, who have largely been disregarded by society. It was humbling and an urgent reminder to me that we are all human and deserving of dignity and respect.

Though this project has naturally subsided with the coming of warmer weather, I’ll continue to make wood and stash it away for next winter. I’m just going to slow down some and not work at the same pace. We at Dabbler & Friends are also planning on gearing up for some summer events hopefully. I’d absolutely love support however you can when you see that stuff come up.  Be it sharing, liking, attending, participating, and volunteering.  I’m hoping my efforts in helping others can come back in good karma this summer to get my train on the tracks.

For those of you interested in signing up to volunteer for future Dabbler & Friends volunteer opportunities please email volunteer@dabblerandfriends.org to be added to our volunteer list.