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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 »

Combating Ebola in West Africa: How to Help

In 1995, a virulent strain of the Ebola virus hit Kikwit, Zaire (now The Congo), a city of 600,000 about 250 miles east of capital city Kinshasa. Thought to have been first contracted in a remote area by a farmer, the disease spread inside Kikwit General Hospital and rapidly killed patients, family members and many 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 »

Update: Our Donate Page Just Got A Makeover!

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 »

BLOG: Celebrating ’5th Birthday and Beyond’

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 »

BLOG: Remembering Maya Angelou

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 »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Wildfire Relief in Southern California

Los Angeles-based relief agency to distribute N95 particulate filtering masks in fire areas Los Angeles, Calif., May 15, 2014– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, today announced that it will distribute more than 1,000 N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators to those fighting and recovering from wildfires sweeping across Southern California this week. The more »

BLOG: 5 Things I Learned at the Classy Awards and Collaborative

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 »

BLOG: Getting To Know Pine Ridge Reservation

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 »

BULLETIN: Operation USA to Assess Relief Needs in Mexico Following Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake

Los Angeles, Calif., April 18, 2014– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is monitoring the situation in Mexico following a reported magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the southern Pacific coast. The earthquake struck north-northwest of Tecpan at 9:27 a.m. EST on Friday and was felt across the Southern region, including more »

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 »