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OpUSA Staff 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 »

BLOG: #GivingTuesday Giving Ideas

Tuesday, December 2, is #GivingTuesday, a global day for giving back! After a day of giving thanks and a weekend of scoring deals, #GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to celebrate generosity by coming together with millions across the US and around the world to make a difference. Will you join the movement? Show your support more »

INFOGRAPHIC: Celebrating 35 Years of Humanitarian Aid

BLOG: 5 Tips for Giving Back During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a busy time, especially for your favorite charitable organizations. Data shows that, on average, organizations receive up to 40% of their yearly donations in the last three months of the year–and that money is vital to planning for the new year. Operation USA counts more donations during the last 2-3 months more »

BLOG: Bridging the Gap in Ebola Relief

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa continues to spread. As of today (October 16th) the death toll has surpassed 4,500–including 236 health workers. The World Health Organization fears that the true tally is much higher due to under reporting, and projects that the number of cases could grow to 9,000 by next week, and a more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Ship Ebola Relief Supplies to West Africa

Los Angeles nongovernmental organization to send protective equipment and cleaning supplies to Liberia Los Angeles, Calif., September 16, 2014— Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, today announced that it will send a shipment of Ebola relief supplies–containing more than 6,000 pounds of personal protective equipment including 50,000 N-95 masks and 50,000 pairs of more »

Combating Ebola in West Africa: How to Help (Updated)

UPDATE (09/03/14):As of Wednesday more than 3,500 cases have now been reported, with more than 1,500 deaths confirmed, in what is the largest and most complex outbreak of Ebola since the the disease was first discovered in 1979. The epidemic has also spread to Nigeria, Senegal and The Congo in addition to Liberia, Guinea and more »

UPDATE: An Ominous Ebola Forecast from the World Health Organization

From the New York Times, August 28, 2014: The World Health Organization warned on Thursday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, already the largest outbreak ever recorded, is going to get much worse over the next six months, the shortest window in which it might conceivably be brought under control. By then, the organization more »

NOTE: Operation USA mourns the loss of Robin Williams

Today we mourn the untimely loss of comedian Robin Williams, who supported Operation USA with what was perhaps our most successful fundraiser ever–a very special event in which he starred alongside Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett in June 1984. Operation USA will always be grateful for his support. He was truly one of the funniest more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Deliver Aid to Ebola-Affected Countries

Los Angeles based international relief agency to ship supplies to West Africa Los Angeles, Calif., August 7, 2014— Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, today announced that it will ship medical and infection control supplies to partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone in support of medical personnel working to combat the further spread more »

BLOG: On the Road to Recovery in The Philippines

When Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm ever to make landfall, struck the Philippines in November 2013, it wreaked havoc on the island nation and devastated communities along the country’s expansive coastline. Destruction is widespread in the areas surrounding Tacloban, November 2013 Operation USA, having worked in the country since 1986, immediately sprang to action to more »

Blog: Celebrating Operation USA’s 35th Anniversary

Thirty-five years ago today, on July 12, 1979, Operation USA, then known as “Operation California,” launched its first-ever relief effort–aiding 44,000 Vietnamese “Boat People” refugees suffering on Pulau Bidong (a waterless and treeless rock island) in the South China Sea off the coast of Malaysia. Richard Walden visits with Cambodian refugees in Thailand, 1982. Only more »

Blog: The #OperationGirl Challenge

Starting July 9th, John Legend, RYOT and the Burkle Global Impact Initiative are teaming up to launch the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge, a fundraising campaign for charities focused on women and girls. Among the painful lessons that Operation USA has learned in 35 years in the field is that women and children are disproportionately victimized by more »