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BLOG: International Women’s Day 2016 – Breaking Down Barriers in Girls’ Education

March 8th is International Women’s Day–a worldwide celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, the movement is all about gender parity. In 2015, the World Economic Forum reported a slowed rate of progress, indicating that true gender equality might not be reached until 2133. In light of this disappointing 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »