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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 »

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 »