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Update: Winterization Project in Fyakse, Dhading, Nepal

On Saturday, April 25th, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake–the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in more than 80 years–struck just outside the country’s heavily populated capital, Kathmandu, impacting areas across the country and its neighboring borders with India, China, Bangladesh and Tibet. The disaster triggered deadly avalanches on Mount Everest and in the Langtang Valley, and more »

BLOG: 5 Tips for Giving Back this Holiday Season

Did you know that on average charities receive about 40% of their total yearly donations in the last three months of the year? Some groups report receiving almost 30% of their yearly gifts in December alone, with 10% coming in the last two days of the year. At Operation USA, the trends are no different–we more »

Update: Operation USA Makes Grant to Awesome Girls Program, Louisiana, USA

The Awesome Girls Program in New Orleans has served at-risk girls in the area for nearly 18 years. Girls participating in the program face many challenges, and also encounter many barriers to healthy growth and development such as poor schools, lack of physical safety in neighborhoods and schools, disrupted family dynamics and poverty. Though the more »

3 Ways to Support Operation USA This #GivingTuesday

There’s a day for giving thanks. There’s two days for getting deals. There’s a day for giving back! This year, #GivingTuesday is December 1st. Are you ready? #GivingTuesday (now in its fourth year) is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in more »

Update: Operation USA Makes Grant to Fyakse, Dhading District, Nepal

The remote village of Fyakse, in the Dhading district of Nepal, was hit hard by the two major earthquakes which struck the country in April and May. OpUSA staff visited the village in July of this year, and we have since decided to focus our relief and long-term recovery efforts in the area. As educational more »

BLOG: The Devastating Impact of Man-Made Disasters

When you think about “disaster relief” around the world, what comes to mind? Often, when we think about disaster relief, we think about damage and destruction brought on by natural events such as earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, typhoons and floods. We think about disease epidemics in countries already weakened by broken health care systems, or more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Mexico Following Hurricane Patricia

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency seeking donations as strongest storm on record makes landfall Los Angeles, Calif., October 23, 2015—Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that is assessing needs in Mexico as Hurricane Patricia causes “catastrophic” damage. The agency is planning to deliver recovery aid to affected communities, and will call on more »

A Letter from President & CEO Richard M. Walden

Dear Friend, The cost of the upcoming 2016 elections will surpass $8 billion at all levels. These funds come from private donors who might otherwise provide necessary funds to strengthen communities here at home and throughout the world. Donors who support political campaigns too often shift funds away from charities during election cycles, significantly impacting more »

Donor Spotlight: Kaiser-Permanente helps Operation USA supply Care Harbor Los Angeles 2015

Operation USA would like to give special thanks to Kaiser-Permanente for their role in helping thousands of people from the greater Los Angeles area receive much-needed health care this week as part of Care Harbor’s annual health clinic. Kaiser-Permanente is Operation USA’s largest equipment and disposable medical supply donor. With a heavy concentration of hospitals more »

Happy Birthday Julie Andrews!

Today we’re wishing a very happy 80th birthday to Julie Andrews, who helped found Operation USA more than 36 years ago. Julie has stayed active and helped us reach 100 countries with emergency disaster relief and long-term recovery projects since 1979. We love you, Julie! To make a donation in honor of Julie’s birthday, click more »

Syria Refugee Crisis: How To Help

While Operation USA primarily responds to natural disasters, we recognize that man-made disasters often cause equally devastating conditions for all those who are impacted. Currently, the world is facing the worst refugee crisis in decades, with an estimated 4.1 million people having fled Syria to neighboring countries, some of whom have been resettled in countries more »

Status Report: Nepal Earthquake Recovery

On Saturday, April 25th, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake–the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in more than 80 years–struck just outside the country’s heavily populated capital, Kathmandu, impacting areas across the country and its neighboring borders with India, China, Bangladesh and Tibet. The disaster triggered deadly avalanches on Mount Everest and in the Langtang Valley, and more »

OpUSA Volunteer Profile: Meet Evelyn

Meet the faces of our organization! Our Staff Profile blog series will introduce you to the people behind Operation USA. This month, get to know our summer intern, Evelyn! NAME: Evelyn HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA WORKING AT OPUSA SINCE: 2015 TITLE: Intern PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS: Helping out around the office and finding creative ways to more »

Situation Report: Nepal

UPDATE May 19, 2015 1:00 p.m. PST In-kind materials, generously donated by corporate partners, are currently being prepped at the OpUSA warehouse in Port of LA for shipment to partner organizations in Nepal. Thanks to all those who have donated so far, including: United Airlines, Cascade Designs (Therma-a-Rest, MSR, Platypus, SealLine, and Packtowl), Servicon Systems, more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Ship Relief Supplies to Nepal Following Second Major Earthquake

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency delivering material aid and cash grants to partner agencies Los Angeles, Calif., May 12, 2015– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it will ship three sea containers of material aid supplies to Nepal, and will continue to assess needs in the country and surrounding areas following more »

Nepal Earthquake Recovery: How to Help

The earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015 was the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years. The quake hit Nepal’s heavily populated capital, Kathmandu, and impacted areas of India, Bangladesh, Tibet and China. As of May 8, more than 8,400 deaths have been confirmed, with millions more people injured, displaced and facing more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Nepal Following Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake

Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Nepal Following Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency seeking donations to aid recovery amidst destruction Los Angeles, Calif., April 25, 2015 — Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that is assessing needs in Nepal and the surrounding countries following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, more »

BLOG: Helpful Tips For California Earthquake Preparedness Month

Earthquakes can happen anywhere, at any time. California is at especially high risk for earthquakes, and they occur more frequently here than they do elsewhere in the United States, leaving residents vulnerable. April has been designated Earthquake Preparedness Month to remind the public of the importance of being ready for possible earthquakes. While no one more »

NEWS RELEASE: Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School Opens Its Doors to Students in the Philippines

Los Angeles nongovernmental organization Operation USA partners with Honeywell to rebuild school damaged by typhoon Los Angeles, Calif., March 24, 2015—Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, in partnership with Honeywell, today announces the grand opening of the Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, in the Philippines. The community school replaces a more »

BULLETIN: Operation USA Assessing Recovery Needs in Vanuatu Following Tropical Cyclone Pam

Los Angeles-based agency monitoring storm damage in South Pacific for possible relief efforts Los Angeles, Calif., March 13, 2015– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is assessing needs and preparing to aid communities in The Republic of Vanuatu in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The Category 5 storm more »

BLOG: Looking Back on ‘Because We Care’ – OpUSA’s Star-Studded Benefit Event – 35 Years Later

Early in 1980, Operation USA (then called Operation California) was just finding its footing in the nonprofit sector. Just six months earlier, a friend and I had been inspired to launch our flagship relief effort aimed at providing relief to the Vietnamese “Boat People” refugees in Malaysia. As we gained momentum in the US at more »

BLOG: Haiti Earthquake Recovery – 5 Years Later

Five years ago today, on January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, affecting as many as three million people. Upwards of 230,000 people were killed in the earthquake, and more than one million people were left homeless in the aftermath. Operation USA–already working in the country since 2008–responded quickly, sending relief shipments by more »

BLOG: Updates on Operation USA in the Philippines

In November 2013 the largest storm ever to make landfall, Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), devastated the Philippines. More than 16 million people were impacted by the typhoon, with upwards of 6,200 people killed and 4.1 million people displaced–nearly 1.7 million of which were children. Operation USA responded to the disaster quickly, sending multiple shipments of more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in the Philippines Following Typhoon Ruby

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency assessing recovery needs in wake of major storm Los Angeles, Calif., December 8, 2014– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, confirmed today that it will aid communities in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby), which made landfall over the weekend in areas still recovering from the more »

BULLETIN: Operation USA Preparing for Recovery Efforts in the Philippines as Typhoon Gains Strength

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency assessing recovery needs as new storm makes landfall Los Angeles, Calif., December 5, 2014– 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 the country braces for the impact of Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby). The organization more »