Since the beginning of our careers and the founding of Universal Registered Agents, we have wanted to play a positive role in our community. Being involved in our community and working with and contributing to local and national charities is part of who we are and who we strive to be. Universal Registered Agents is proud to be a part of the following charities.
First Downs for Down Syndrome (FDFDS)
First Downs for Down Syndrome (FDFDS) is a 501(c)3 organization that teams with the Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Line to raise money for Down Syndrome organizations, raise awareness of Down Syndrome and to create positive images of those with Down Syndrome. The funds raised by FDFDS support two local organizations: the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City—which provides education and support to individuals with Down Syndrome and their families; and the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children’s Mercy Hospital, a clinic that addresses the medical and therapeutic needs of children with Down Syndrome from birth through adolescence. FDFDS also provides significant funding for research taking place at Children’s Mercy Hospital that is exploring the link between Down Syndrome and leukemia.
There are hundreds of families in the Greater Kansas City area caring for a loved one with Down Syndrome. Without First Downs for Down Syndrome, these families would not have local access to vital medical, emotional, educational, and support services.
The mission of First Downs for Down Syndrome is to raise money for the Down Syndrome Guild, the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children’s Mercy Hospital and other Down Syndrome organizations; to raise awareness of Down Syndrome and the services of the Clinic and the Guild; and to create positive images of those with Down Syndrome.
FDFDS is supported solely through tax deductible contributions and participating in special events and fundraisers held throughout the year.
Operation BBQ Relief
Operation BBQ Relief is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in May, 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. On Sunday evening, May 22, a massive multi-vortex EF5 tornado plowed through the southwest Missouri community of about 50,000 residents, killing over 140 people and injuring more than 1,000. It left a path of almost total destruction six miles long and over a half mile wide. It is now classified as the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
In the wake of this nearly unprecedented destruction, competition barbecue teams from eight states answered the call to help feed displaced families and police, fire, National Guard, and emergency personnel. The group, headed by Stan Hays (County Line Smokers), Jeff Stith (Big Creek BBQ) and Will Cleaver (Sticks N Chicks BBQ), was able to serve over 120,000 barbecue meals in less than two weeks during the operation in Joplin. Food was served from our location in the community and delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities, and the Humane Society. Volunteers also loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas within the tornado’s footprint. The operation was made possible by many businesses who contributed food and supplies and people from across the country who donated cash.
As a result of efforts in Joplin, Operation BBQ Relief was born. The Joplin operation will be used as a model for future disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and other tornadoes. We are a not-for-profit corporation registered in all fifty states and ready to respond to natural disaster emergencies across the United States.
For more information and how you can help please visit Visit Operation BBQ Relief!