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Bulletin: Operation USA Partners with We-Care.com for Typhoon Recovery

Charitable shopping site pledges more than $10,000 in funding for education related projects in the Philippines Los Angeles, Calif., April 15, 2014– Operation USA, a Los-Angeles based international relief agency, today announced that is will receive funds from partner company We-Care.com in sponsorship of the purchase of educational supplies in the Philippines as part of more »

Operation USA: Active Projects & Programs Update

Operation USA has many active projects around the world (and here in the United States) in need of support from donors like you. Read on to learn more about what we’re up to and how you can help. Click HERE to make a donation now. United States: Pine Ridge Reservation Operation USA has recently started more »

OpUSA Staff Profile: Meet Mary Dolan

Meet the faces of our organization! Our new Staff Profile blog series will introduce you to the people behind Operation USA. Check back every few weeks for new updates. This week, get to know our Director of Social Media & Media Outreach, Mary.

Operation USA Again Receives Four Star Ranking from Charity Navigator

Operation USA is pleased to announce that is has once again received a four star ranking from Charity Navigator–the highest recognition an organization can receive. Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & more »

BULLETIN: Operation USA to Assess Relief Needs in Chile Following Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake and Tsunami Warning (Updated)

UPDATE: April 3, 2014, 2:00 p.m. PT– Operation USA is relieved at the reported minimal damage in areas affected by the earthquake earlier this week, and will not respond with relief aid at this time unless requested by the government of Chile and/or by local organizations in need of support. The organization will continue to more »

BLOG: A Look Inside The Operation USA Warehouse and Shipments

In the Port of Los Angeles–which occupies 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront on San Pedro Bay—is a 24,000 square foot warehouse facility run by Operation USA. Opened more than 20 years ago, today the facility is run by two longtime OpUSA Staff Members, Tony Shannon and Bruce Brinker, and more »

OpUSA Staff Profile: Meet Kira H.

Meet the faces of our organization! Our new Staff Profile blog series will introduce you to the people behind Operation USA. Check back every few weeks for new updates. This week, get to know our Program Intern, Kira. Kira in Linzhou, China, January 2014 NAME: Kira HOMETOWN: Frankfurt am Main, Germany WORKING AT OPUSA SINCE: more »

BLOG: National Nutrition Month– Shocking Stats From Around the World

In the United States March is National Nutrition Month. Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the annual campaign is “designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” At Operation USA, we know that not everyone has the luxury of making healthier more »

BLOG: The Challenges of Helping Children in Syria

The Syrian refugee crisis is this century’s worst refugee and internally displaced crisis–not only for the sheer number of displaced people or the more than 100,000 killed by violence, hunger and untreated disease, but also because of the lack of free access humanitarian aid groups have had to these people. Recently, public attention to Syria more »

Three Years Later: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Recovery

On March 11, 2011 a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck northeastern Japan, leading to a massive tsunami which wiped out entire towns and communities along the country’s northeastern coastline. The disaster resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and displaced hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens. The quake and subsequent tsunami also triggered a catastrophic nuclear more »

BLOG: Get More Out Of Giving

In the wake of a disaster, or in the face of endemic poverty, every donation is helpful, right? In the U.S. people often feel compelled to reach out and help in any way they can when they hear about a country in need. It’s human instinct to offer support in all possible ways. We all more »

Blog: Giving Back When You Shop Online

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OpUSA Staff Profile: Meet Laetitia Rwiyegura

Meet the faces of our organization! Our new Staff Profile blog series will introduce you to the people behind Operation USA. Check back every few weeks for new updates. This week, get to know our Office Administrator, Laetitia Rwiyegura. Laetitia with her son at a National Honor Society ceremony in 2012 NAME: Laetitia HOMETOWN: Torrance, more »

Blog: Improve Yourself and Your Community in 2014!

By Tonyehn Verkitus This guest post on volunteerism comes to you from our friends at GiveGab.com. GiveGab is the social network for volunteers, dedicated to helping volunteers and nonprofit organizations find each other in their local communities. With the beginning of a new year, we find ourselves questioning our actions of the past and finding more »

OpUSA Staff Profile: Meet Jamaica Walden

Meet the faces of our organization! Our new Staff Profile blog series will introduce you to the people behind Operation USA. Check back every few weeks for new updates. This week, get to know our Director of Operations, Jamaica Walden. NAME: Jamaica Walden HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA WORKING AT OPUSA SINCE: 2006 TITLE: Director of more »

BLOG: Looking Back on Operation USA’s Work in Cambodia

It’s been 30 years since the release of the multi-Oscar-nominated film, “The Killing Fields,” which was directed by Roland Joffe (who later became an OpUSA board member), and tells the story of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, based on the experiences of two journalists. The film is being re-released this year in commemoration of more »

BLOG: 5 Tips for Field Work Beginners

This same time last year, I had no plans (only aspirations) to visit Asia. Just a few months later, I found myself on the Cambodia/Vietnam border representing Operation USA on my first foray into field work. I had the fortune of journeying with some experienced world travelers and if not for them, I would have more »

BLOG: Helpful Tips for Online Giving in 2014

These days it seems like everywhere you turn there are causes asking for your support. From your Facebook news feed to your email inbox to in-game advertisements on your mobile phone, it’s easier than ever for organizations to reach you. But, when you’re faced with an overwhelming volume of information, how do you choose the more »

Honeywell Hometown Solutions Presents Richard Walden, CEO, Operation USA, The Hometown Heroes Award

Honeywell has partnered with Operation USA to provide humanitarian relief since 2004 –Operation USA has delivered more than $350 million in aid to more than 100 countries –Award recognizes individuals who improve the lives of people and communities MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Jan. 13, 2014 – Honeywell honored Richard Walden, President, CEO and Founder of Operation more »

BLOG: Maternal and Child Health in Sierra Leone

At Operation USA, of all the projects and programs we facilitate and participate in, the delivery of in-kind product donations to areas where they are needed most is one of the most rewarding. We are fortunate to work with partners here in the United States who provide vital materials and supplies. Through the support of more »

NEWS: Operation USA Ranks 7th in United Airlines’ 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway

We are excited to announce that we placed 7th in the 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway! Thanks to the votes of our many supporters in the contest, we will split millions of air miles with the other top ten charities. Click here to view the full list of winners now. Air miles are hugely valuable more »

NEWS: Operation USA Receives $75,000 Grant From Capital One

We are pleased to announce that Operation USA has received a major grant from Capital One–the financial institution has provided $75,000 in support of recovery efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The funds will be used for grants and programs supporting safe water, education and public health. Operation USA will center more »

End of Year Gifts and the Crowdrise Holiday Challenge

This holiday season Operation USA is once again participating in the Crowdrise Holiday Challenge. Your donations help us earn the chance to receive bonus funds and other valuable rewards, like placements on Huffington Post. This week we have the opportunity to win $6,000, and all we need to qualify is 10 donations from supporters like more »

Vote for Operation USA in the United Airlines 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway

Help Operation USA earn thousands of air miles! United Airlines’ 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway is back! Now through December 31st your votes help Operation USA earn thousands of air miles. Voting is easy–it only takes a few simple clicks. Click here to vote now! United Airlines is awarding up to 10 million miles to more »

Typhoon Haiyan Recovery: How To Help

There are many ways to help recovery efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, which is widely recognized as the largest storm ever to make landfall. Operation USA has already distributed water purification supplies and shipped emergency relief supplies to meet immediate needs. In the long term, Operation USA will focus on projects supporting safe more »

Top 5 Ways to Support Operation USA This #GivingTuesday

You’ve heard of Black Friday. You’ve heard of Cyber Monday. Have you heard of Giving Tuesday? The idea is simple: there’s a day for giving thanks, there’s a day for getting deals, and now, there’s a day for giving back! This year, we hope you’ll join the national celebration of giving with Operation USA. Mark more »

On Sale Now: 2013 Holiday Cards

Send some holiday cheer and support Operation USA’s projects and programs around the world! When you make a donation* to Op USA this holiday season we’ll send a special holiday card to the recipient(s) of your choosing with this message: Happy Holidays! In the spirit of the season, (Your Name) has made a donation to more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA Receives Support from United Airlines, Celebrities Aiding Typhoon Recovery

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency distributes materials, engages corporate and celebrity partners, and confirms CEO will visit country in wake of Typhoon Haiyan Los Angeles, Calif., November 18, 2013 — Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international agency providing relief and recovery from the immediate and long term effects of disasters, today confirmed that it has accepted more »

FUNDRAISER: Typhoon Recovery with United Airlines

Help us help recovery efforts in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan. When you make a donation to Operation USA via Crowdrise as part of United Airline’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief campaign, you’ll not only support our relief and recovery efforts in the face of widespread devastation, you’ll also help us earn matching donations from United more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA Aiding Recovery Efforts in the Philippines Following Major Typhoon

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency seeking monetary and in-kind donations in wake of record-breaking storm Los Angeles, Calif., November 11, 2013 – Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is has distributed water purification supplies and will continue to aid recovery efforts in communities in the Philippines and surrounding areas in more »

Bulletin: Operation USA Preparing to Aid Recovery Efforts in the Philippines Following Typhoon

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency assessing recovery needs as record-breaking storm makes landfall Los Angeles, Calif., November 7, 2013 – Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is assessing needs and preparing to aid communities in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Haiyan bears down on the country. The organization will call more »

A Letter from President and CEO Richard Walden

Dear Friends, After 34 years working in disaster relief and development, Operation USA has learned that an increasingly diverse media environment too often diverts our focus away from vital activities aimed at alleviating human suffering and promoting human development around the world. When war and military involvements, hotly contested national elections and political debates, and more »

NEWS: Operation USA Receives Major Grant from Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Foundation

Operation USA is pleased to announce that we have received a grant in the amount of $258,500 from the Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Foundation. The grant will be shared with the International Development Association, our Ethiopian partner organization. The IDA, formerly called Play Therapy, provides healthcare, feeding and therapy services to children in need more »

The 2013 Social Good Summit: What I Learned

Last week I traveled to New York City to attend the 2013 Social Good Summit on behalf of Operation USA. Over the course of three days I was lucky enough to hear from dozens of inspirational speakers from the nonprofit and tech communities. Set against the backdrop of UN Week, hundreds of attendees came together more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Mexico Following Major Storms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency assessing recovery needs in wake of recent flooding Los Angeles, Calif., September 18, 2013 — Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is assessing needs and will provide aid to communities near Acapulco, Mexico in the wake of major storms that struck the more »

Where were you on September 11, 2001?

Where were you on 9/11? I was in New York City, preparing to return home to Los Angeles on a noon United Airlines flight from JFK Airport. As I packed my bag while watching TV, I saw the first plane crash into the Twin Towers … and then the second, after which I knew I more »

Emergency Preparedness Month: Helpful Tips

September is Emergency Preparedness Month! Throughout the month there will be activities across the country to promote emergency preparedness. More than 3,000 organizations – national, regional, and local public and private organizations – are supporting emergency preparedness efforts and encouraging all Americans to take action. Would you be prepared if a disaster, natural or man-made, more »

FUNDRAISER: Back to School with Operation USA

At Operation USA, we believe education is the cornerstone of sustainable development. It has the power to transform lives with a lasting effect beyond nearly any other kind of aid. Unfortunately, around the world, and even here in the United States, many students struggle to gain access to basic educational resources. That’s why this year more »

RECENT SHIPMENTS: An Update from the Operation USA Warehouse

At Operation USA, much of our work is made possible by the generosity of our corporate partners. As a result of significant in-kind donations and sponsorships, we are able to deliver much-needed supplies to communities in need around the world. In recent months, domestic and international shipments delivered relief for tornado victims, humanitarian organizations, health more »

EVENT RECAP: Hungry to Help at Short Order LA

Operation USA’s first Hungry to Help Series event was held at Short Order on Wednesday, July 17th. More than 60 supporters attended, enjoying craft fare from Executive Chef Christian Page, sipping signature cocktails by Short Order, and learning more about Operation USA’s programs around the world. Thank you to all those who attended, and congratulations more »

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! Learn more about Operation USA in America

OPERATION USA – CELEBRATING AND SUPPORTING AMERICA As you celebrate the 4th of July, take a look closer at our programs here in America. California Clinics Program For more than 30 years, Operation USA has provided a wide range of supplies to more than 200 nonprofit clinics in California. Operating on tight budgets with limited more »

HUFFINGTON POST BLOG: CEO Richard Walden — “On Serving Our Fellow Americans and the World “

By Richard Walden Operation USA, President and CEO When I was “draft age” in 1968, my graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania (or the 90 percent who were males) collectively felt like rats caught in a trap. The clear majority — even at Penn’s Wharton School of Business (classmates included Donald Trump, Michael Milken, more »

BULLETIN: Community Gathering Place “Honeywell Ibasho House” Opens in Japan

Operation USA partners with Honeywell to aid tsunami victims Ofunato, Iwate, Japan, June 18, 2013 – Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, today confirms the opening of Honeywell Ibasho House, a community gathering place in Masaki-Cho, Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, dedicated to enriching the lives of elders affected by the Great East Japan more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Provide Increased Aid For Tornado-Ravaged Areas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency seeks donations supporting relief efforts in Oklahoma Los Angeles, Calif., May 31, 2013 – Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it will elevate relief efforts in the Oklahoma City area after tornadoes swept the area and damaged communities for the second time in more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA Delivers Aid via Local Agencies in Tornado-stricken Oklahoma

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency provides material aid and financial assistance Los Angeles, Calif., May 26, 2013 – Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it has provided emergency aid to communities in need in Oklahoma in the wake of tornadoes that struck the area earlier this week, with more aid to more »

BULLETIN: Operation USA Seeks Large Scale Donations in Bulk from Corporate Partners for Distribution in Oklahoma

Los Angeles non-governmental organization identifies top in-kind donation needs for tornado victims Los Angeles, Calif., May 21, 2013 – Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, today announced that it is seeking corporate partners for funding and bulk donations of in-kind products of which there is a high need in Oklahoma in the wake more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Tornado Relief Efforts in Moore, Oklahoma and Surrounding Areas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERATION USA TO AID TORNADO RELIEF EFFORTS IN MOORE, OKLAHOMA AND SURROUNDING AREAS LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 20, 2013 — Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it will provide emergency aid to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma in the wake of a tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma. more »

Tom Jones Benefit Concert Nets More than $40,000 for Operation USA

Jeff Franklin Hosts Successful Fundraiser for Operation USA On May 10th Jeff Franklin, creator of the hit TV series “Full House” and an Operation USA board member, opened his Beverly Hills home for an Operation USA fundraiser featuring music legend Tom Jones. It was a successful night, raising more than $40,000 for Operation USA’s programs more »

BULLETIN: Operation USA Denounces Planned Cyber Attack of Same Name

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles based non-government organization releases statement in light of planned online attack Los Angeles, Calif., — Operation USA, a widely-known 34-year-old international relief organization, today released a statement regarding the “Operation USA” cyber attack planned by criminal hackers and aimed against websites of high-profile US government agencies, financial institutions, and commercial more »

FUNDRAISER: Operation USA joins Huffington Post’s RaiseForWomen Challenge

Help us help women around the world with a donation today! The Huffington Post, Skoll Foundation and Half the Sky Movement are teaming up to Invest in Women who Change the World. The RaiseForWomen Challenge, a fundraising Challenge to help female-focused charities gain recognition and resources, launched April 24th. And, they’re giving away $75,000 to more »