Join our mailing list...

October 16, 2014
BY
Mary Dolan
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 »
July 17, 2014
BY
opusa
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 »
July 11, 2014
BY
Richard Walden
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 »
July 9, 2014
BY
Mary Dolan
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 »
June 30, 2014
BY
opusa
July 1st marks the start of a new fiscal year, and to kick it off we’re giving our donate page a makeover! Our new donation and fundraising tools, powered by StayClassy, make giving to Operation USA easier than ever. Now, when you make a donation to Operation USA, the process is simple and worry-free! Plus, more »
June 20, 2014
BY
opusa
Operation USA is proud to be a coalition partner in the ’5th Birthday and Beyond’ campaign. Read on to learn why we’re helping to celebrate more 5th birthdays around the world, and what you can do to get involved! For many families, a child’s fifth birthday is just one of many milestones to be celebrated more »
May 28, 2014
BY
Richard Walden
On June 16, 1979, the very day a friend and I dreamed up a relief flight to help the Vietnamese “Boat People,” I had dinner with Maya Angelou at a friend’s home in Pacific Palisades, CA. Richard Walden in Cambodia, 1979 Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese were streaming out of Vietnam as refugees on small more »
May 6, 2014
BY
Mary Dolan
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Classy Awards and Collaborative in San Diego, CA. Hosted by Stay Classy, the event featured two days of collaborative sessions on topics ranging from nonprofit technology to modernizing disaster relief to the power of collective thinking to ending hunger in America. The weekend ended with an more »
May 1, 2014
BY
Jamaica Walden
2014 marks the beginning of a new program for Operation USA. In an effort to continue supporting under-served communities throughout the United States, OpUSA is expanding development programs to the Oglala Sioux Tribe on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Jamaica Walden, Director of Operations, recently visited the Reservation. Read on to learn more about more »
April 14, 2014
BY
opusa
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 »
April 7, 2014
BY
opusa
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.
April 4, 2014
BY
opusa
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 »
March 28, 2014
BY
opusa
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 »
March 25, 2014
BY
opusa
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 »
March 21, 2014
BY
opusa
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 »
March 14, 2014
BY
Richard Walden
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 »
March 11, 2014
BY
opusa
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 »
March 6, 2014
BY
Mary Dolan
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 »
February 28, 2014
BY
We-Care.com
By Dylan Nord This guest post comes to you from our friends at
February 26, 2014
BY
opusa
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 »
February 18, 2014
BY
GiveGab
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 »
February 13, 2014
BY
opusa
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 »
January 31, 2014
BY
Richard Walden
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 »
January 29, 2014
BY
Barry Mottier
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 »
January 21, 2014
BY
Mary Dolan
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 »
January 7, 2014
BY
Richard Walden
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 »
December 9, 2013
BY
Jamaica Walden
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 »
December 9, 2013
BY
Barry Mottier
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 »
November 27, 2013
BY
Mary Dolan
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 »
November 26, 2013
BY
Mary Dolan
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 »
September 30, 2013
BY
Mary Dolan
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 »
September 10, 2013
BY
Richard Walden
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 »
September 6, 2013
BY
Mary Dolan
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 »
August 16, 2013
BY
Mary Dolan
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 »
August 6, 2013
BY
opusa
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 »
July 22, 2013
BY
Jamaica Walden
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 »
July 2, 2013
BY
opusa
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 »
June 24, 2013
BY
Richard Walden
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 »
June 18, 2013
BY
opusa
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 »
May 31, 2013
BY
opusa
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 »
May 26, 2013
BY
opusa
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 »
May 11, 2013
BY
opusa
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 »
April 17, 2013
BY
Richard Walden
By Richard Walden Operation USA, President and CEO When Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge committed genocide from 1975 to 1978, which ultimately took 2 million lives, the U.S. government was slow to allow relief agencies to go there with life-saving assistance after the Khmer Rouge were driven from power. It was slow because of something popularly called more »
April 10, 2013
BY
opusa
FoxNews.com LIVE – “On the Hunt” Jonathan Hunt Asks “How bad is the humanitarian crisis in North Korea?” Richard Walden discusses the difficulties in getting help to the people who really need it in North Korea. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com – Follow Jonathan Hunt on Twitter @JonathanHuntFNC Follow Operation USA on Twitter @OperationUSA more »
April 4, 2013
BY
Richard Walden
By Richard Walden After 10 years of on again, off again invitations by North Korea’s United Nations delegation and after a highly publicized (via a Huffington Post blog) “non-public visit” by North Korean Foreign Ministry officials to Los Angeles in 2010, I went to Pyongyang in December of that year to follow up on a more »