OPERATION WRITE HOME

Rating: 4.98 stars   160 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 35205 13TH Pl Sw Federal Way WA 98023 USA

Mission: Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.
Results: Over a million cards sent for heroes to write home on!
Target demographics: Deployed service members
Direct beneficiaries per year: approx 1000 units receiving boxes every 5 weeks
Geographic areas served: Worldwide, wherever heroes are deployed

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Write Home allows me to show my gratitude to our heroes who are serving me and our country. Our military are sacrificing their time and their lives to protect our freedom. Their families are also sacrificing having them at home. The cards I make for Operation Write Home help our heroes stay in touch with family and friends.

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

None

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?

A lot

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer for Operation Write Home and it is very rewarding. The cards that are made from volunteers around the USA are sent to our troops so they can write a note and send them home. Any Hero mail is also sent to the troops and distributed to those who don't receive a lot of mail while they are deployed. This is a great organization and I wish I could do more!

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

I would love to see it grow and send blank cards to all of USA bases. This would be a large undertaking but I think it would be well received.

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?

A lot

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Volunteering for OWH has been very rewarding. I not only get to support and encourage our military but I am learning so much about making the perfect card. Having a son and daughter-in-law serving our country it is important to me to support them and all of our military. When they were deployed I only received 2 cards, not from OWH, and they meant the world to me. I am so glad I can help to encourage our troops to write loved ones at home. It is an honor to help them to connect to loved ones. Thank you OWH for the opportunity to be a part of your great organization!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Write Home, founded by Sandy Allnock, received it's non-profit status with the IRS on September 12, 2009. I started making and sending blank greeting cards to OWH to send to deployed service members to use to write home to their loved ones. Also wrote AnyHero letters of support and encouragement to boost morale. I helped start a card making group in my church and invited all crafters and card makers to write AnyHero letters and make cards. OWH has sent more than 2 million cards overseas. The notes of appreciation sent back keeps me motivated to make more cards and write more letters. A huge percent of the donated funds is used for shipping boxes and all that it takes to get them filled and packed. In the almost three years I have been a volunteer through my church, more than 20,000 cards have been sent to OWH. All the card makers are so special. Each one understands the mission of OWH: to send blank, handmade greeting cards and AnyHero letters of appreciation to our deployed heroes. Envelopes are included so our heroes can write to their special people and send them home. We feel we are part of wonderful outreach, even though we are on the homefront.

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

Encourage more companies in the home craft industry to partner with OWH to help reach all the units, individuals or USO's that request cards get what they need.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be consideratie and to be responsible. When I make cards for Operation Wrtie Home and write AnyHero notes, I am making something our deployed heroes want to send home. Cards I make are appreciated by those on the homefront you receive them. The AnyHero notes tell a deployed hero how much I admire their decision to serve our country and how I am praying for their safety. I also make card kits for card making meetings where card makers gather to fill boxes with handmade greeting cards. In this way, I know I am doing something that matters. My goal is to make a diffence in this world while I am here.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

"What can I do?"... it's a question asked often. We *want* to help our Heroes, but we're not sure how.
Operation Write Home has found the answer to this question: CARDS!
You can make cards, for our Heroes to write home in- a way for them to keep in contact with loved ones back home. You can write letters, to let our Heroes know we are thinking of them. You can donate money towards shipping the over TWO MILLION CARDS sent by OWH. You can get the kids involved, having them draw pictures for deployed Heroes.
This is a great way to show some love for the deployed and their families. A wonderful way to give thanks for those who give so much.
Their website has a lot of great FREE tutorials, to give you ideas... most important, their site has messages of thanks from the brave men and women who receive these cards. The best inspiration is hearing from those you have helped.

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

Make it more well-known. I would like to see chain craft stores get involved with advertising for Operation Write Home.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Write Home is a great way to support our troops, by making and donating cards, by donating money to defray shipping costs, and by sending any hero cards to soldiers so they know we are thinking about them and we appreciate their sacrifice.

It is also a chance to spend time with your crafty friends, getting together to make cards!
~Suzy in Springfield, MO

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

Find ways to get more card makers involved. Everybody is just so busy.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

While I do not have any family members serving in the military I felt strongly about giving back to those who serve us . Card making is my newest creative outlet and having a very small family so I am able to participate in my new hobby and give back at the same time. I can only imagine how it must feel to receive one of the cards from a loved one who is so very far from home.

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?

A lot

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When found myself able to retire at a relatively early age, SO many people asked "What will you do....how will you keep from going crazy?" For me the answer was simple - first, spend more time with family and friends and then find a way to give back and express my gratitude for the blessings I've received in my life.

For me, Operation Write Home (OWH) is the perfect fit. It allows me the opportunity to do something meaningful for those who offer themselves and their talents to protect the life and freedoms that I and many others have so often taken for granted here in the great U.S.A. I love many types of hand crafting but, several years before I retired, card making became my craft of choice. One day, while looking for card ideas I came across the OWH website and knew this was an organization with which I wanted to be associated. After describing the organization's efforts and my intent to participate, several of my family and friends also wanted to give back to our service men and women. Now, twice a month, I host an OWH day where any who are available are welcome to come over and we spend the day making cards for those serving overseas in the military to use to keep in touch with their family and loved ones back home.

And so, once again I have been blessed! This one effort has helped me to achieve, in part, both of my retirement goals.

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

I cannot think of anything I would change, except perhaps to give the founder, Sandy Allnock, additional resources that will allow her to continue this good work and further spread the word about this exceptional organization.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I love this charity. From the weekly blogs, card sketches, card tutorials and time that is donated to ship cards overseas it is just amazing. I feel blessed just to be able to donate my card creations to a charity that supports and encourages our deployed military and their families.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started using Copic Markers and was trying to find a way to practice and then wondered what to do with them when they are finished. I found this wonderful organization and was honored to be part of it. My husband is a Vietnam Vet and he was glad to help me support the organization. So he is the donor and I am the card maker.

One of the best parts about being part of this organization is that you get to hear what your contributions are doing. You hear weekly about how somone used the cards, honored a family member, kept in touch with family or some heart warming story to keep you motivated to keep making cards and sending much needed postage money.

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

not change a thing.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found Operation Write Home while looking for a way to share my card making talent. This organization is top-rate. I have made many new card making e-friends. The support is incredible. Expert and accomplished crafts people share their ideas, expertise and resources.

Operation Write Home is a great way to give back to those who are risking their lives for our Country on a daily basis. Encouraging and providing a way for our deployed service personnel to connect to their families in a such beautiful and heartfelt way (a hand written card), is one of the main goals. I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

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

not be able to think of a thing. The organization is well organized and efficiently run.

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?

2013

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