OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION

Rating: 4.99 stars   213 reviews 5,400

Issues: Veterans

Location: Century III Mall 3075 Clairton Blvd. West Mifflin PA 15123 USA

Mission: To build and sustain the morale and well being of the military community, past and present, with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates their selfless service and daily sacrifices.
Results: Since July of 2004, OTA has provided support to over 136,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that 98 cents of every dollar is used to fund troop and veteran support projects.
Target demographics: military members and veterans
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 members of the military and veteran communities
Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs: Sponsor A Unit Collection Drive Welcome Home Kits
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Assisted to create warm 'homes' for returning troops.

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I recently heard of OTA from another unit. I am assisting in putting together 40 welcome home baskets for the single soldiers returning home from deployment.

I contacted OTA and received a response within 24 hours and the items were purchased for us within 48 hours. They provided granted my wish list for these men and more! It was such a blessing to receive the sheets (and the blankets on the way). Thank you. OTA! You guys are amazing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing. It's easy for those who are assisting the units/troops/batteries to make a wish list of items. It's 10x easier to get your requests granted. Even if they were unable to give the items I requested...they were such a pleasure to work with and hope to be able to work with them again.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

When I started volunteering for OTA several years ago, I never thought it would become as big of a part of my life as it has. I have been fortunate to work with wonderful people for one of the best causes I can think of. I love packing the boxes for the deployed soldiers and trying to find the perfect items to make their days better. now with the Welcome Home Program for Veterans, I get to do the same thing on a more individual level. It has been my pleasure to help the men and women who keep us safe for the past several years and I can't wait to see what awesome things OTA does for them in the next several!

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I'm a sailor in the United States Navy. My command and I were out on a 9 month deployment in the Middle East. I found this nonprofit online and emailed them hoping to hear any kind of response. Not only did they email me back right away but they fulfilled my request and then some. My shop requested an XBOX. They sent out the XBOX with games and controllers and filled the package with tons of snacks and candy bars, as well as, Letters from classrooms back in the states. The entire experience was pretty amazing. I'm very grateful for what Operations Troop Appreciation does. Thank you guys so much!

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Volunteering for OTA is like having an amazing, wonderful extended family. When you volunteer with OTA you not only get a chance to give back to the men and women sacrificing for our freedom (when you help pack their wish list items), but you also have the opportunity to support Veterans through OTA's welcome home program. Every volunteer is compassionate, caring and many have become close friends. OTA is an amazing organization.

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It is a pleasure to serve OTA, and to know that our help is making a huge impact on our troops and returning veterans. The emails, hone calls and letters from those who benefit from OTA are the most rewarding feedback we could received.

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As a volunteer for Operation Troop Appreciation I am honored to be able to put my skills and efforts to use for this organization. Their ongoing efforts to support both deployed and veteran military members for their service is not only commendable, it is truly amazing. I have seen this first hand and cannot be more pleased that I chose OTA when I decided to become a volunteer. OTA is totally 100% volunteer with no paid employees including the officers, Board of Directors and CEO! All work together in support of those who serve or have served.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Operation Troop Appreciation is an organization that works tirelessly to go above and beyond to fullfill the needs and wish lists of troops on the front lines. Packages that are sent are not only custom tailored with the items that each unit specifically requests but also includes cards, letters and "surprise" items to raise the morale of our deployed troops. They do their best to make sure our gals and guys know those of us back home truly care and have not forgotton about their sacrifices to ensure that our country is safe. I couldn't be more proud to be a small cog in the wheel that helps to keep the boxes flowing to those that need it. Those involved with OTA truly care and are dedicated to our troops and ensure that they know it!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of Operation Troop Appreciation when they relocated to Century III mall and began volunteering with them. I can't say enough about how dedicated and caring everyone is who works to meet the requests of the troops on the front lines. As a volunteer I have become more keenly aware of the many sacrifices our men and women and their families make fulfilling service commitments. They are the heroes that keep our nation safe and this all volunteer organization does its best to let the troops know that folks back home appreciate their efforts and have not forgotten about them. I find it very uplifting to know that our efforts bring joy to those that put their lives in harm's way for the folks back home. My thanks and prayers goes out not only to the troops and their families but all the wonderful people who support OTA.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Operation Troop Appreciation made a tremendous impact on the morale of our unit! They were responsive to our request and followed up to make sure everything was delivered in a timely manner. Our unit greatly appreciates this organization and looks forward to supporting it in the future. Thank you!

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Operation Troop Appreciation went above and beyond in their support of our Troop in Afghanistan. They responded quickly to each email and wanted to ensure that we had all the support we required. Within two weeks our wish list was delivered and it was an incredible morale booster for the Soldiers. Thank you OTA!!!!!

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Responded quickly to all correspondence and was able to donate the items we requested. The stuff we received was amazing and boosted the morale of our deployed service members exponentially. OTA is a great organization and is very appreciated by our troops out here!!

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I can't thank Operation Troop Appreciation(OTA) for all the support and love they sent our way. One of the best organizations to sponsor our unit. The goodies and snacks were the best. Thank you so much for all the support!!!


455th EAMXS C-130J Maintance unit, Bagram Afghanistan

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