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April 24, 2014

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April 24, 2014

I joined OI over 10 years ago hoping to write notes to the troops. Became involved and soon became Colorado state manager. 5 years ago became National President. Volunteer with the greatest people in the nation. Ones who truly believe in supporting the troops.
As an update on the address the
national headquarters address is now 2695 Patterson Rd. #2-147 Grand Junction Co. 81506

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

October 16, 2012

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October 16, 2012

I have been a volunteer with Operation Interdependence in the Los Angeles center for six years. I pack C-Rats twice a week and one weekend a month. 50 baggies (or C-Rats) go in a box, so 50 service members receive a letter from a caring civilian, some candy and personal items and a boost in morale. With more volunteers and more donations from people, we could send even more goodies to our troops. Our center sends approximately 100 boxes each month. Thus, 5000 service members receive our support from this one center out of 11 throughout the United States. No one gets paid. We all volunteer. Every thing we use is donated and so is the money that is used for postage to send the boxes to FPO's and APO's.

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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

September 4, 2011

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September 4, 2011

I volunteer with the Houston, TX chapter and am amazed how much is accomplished each year by volunteers who are 3 years to 103 years old. It takes such little time to write a letter or pack a care package, "C-Rat®," but the impact of these small gifts on our troops is more than triple fold. It so sad to know that some of our soldiers never receive a letter or care package from home during their time in service. Furthermore, some of the items we send them are things they can't get either because they are unavailable in that country or there is no where but base to obtain supplies. We send them goodies (candy, jerky, razors, travel size shampoo, logic puzzles, cards, pens, etc.) in quart size bags which is easy for them to pack in their gear and take with them when they are away from base camp for hours or days. Above all, it is about the golden rule of, "treating others as you want to be treated." Who better to treat kindly than the men and women who daily secure our freedom?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting in person and through letters soldiers who received our C-Rats®. To hear their stories of how much of a positive impact the packages and our letters sent to them is very humbling.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get even MORE Volunteers! O.I. is 100% volunteer based. None of the national positions or local area managers receive a salary. It is all done through the giving hearts of volunteers. Volunteers are not just needed to write letters and pack C-Rats®, but to do clerical work, train other volunteers, coordinate fundraising for shipping costs, gather donations of goods for packing, and helping area mangers with administrative duties.

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Can't think of one.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It's a great, friendly environment to work in, and I walked away with a greater appreciation of our troops and the importance of supporting them. Boosting moral is so important because issues like post traumatic stress and multiple tours of duty just doesn't affect our soldiers but their families (especially their children) as well.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Humbled and proud to be an American

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

I founded OI a civilian-to-military delivery system to provide a means to civilians by which they can serve and support our deployed forces without impacting resources. Ten years later, the all volunteer effort continue to serve thousands deployed, their families and Veterans. The OI volunteers get a five star salute for keeping the dream alive!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the civilians take a dream come to life!

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to increase awareness daily, speak to more groups to work interdependently.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being fueled and inspired by a caring nation that are so very proud of our men and womend in uniform defending our freedoms.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

UNBELIEVABLE! Words can't describe their pride for our Warriors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve and support 100% of all deployed forces wiithout impacting resources or causing the mail system to be bogged down with care from home.

Ways to make it better...

More people were aware that sending care to deployed forces is critical and the need to reach more with less.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

limited awareness. More need to learn the vision of OI so that post service is just as important if not more, so that reintegration starts during service.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The American people are caring and delivering such care requires an understanding of logistics and the need to reach the front lines with the least of burden.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

I have been a Volunteer and now a Manager for this national organization for 9 years. We are always amazed at how far we can make limited resources go. We can reach 50 deployed service members for just $30 and some donated supplies. $3,000 will send 5,000 service members treats and good wishes from a grateful American people. and each one will receive a letter thanking them for their service and sacrifice. The letters we get back prove that a little goes a long way in keeping morale high in-theatre.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

All the letters of thanks we get prove that a small treats and a letter from a thankful civilian does so much to raise troop morale.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The camaraderie experienced with all the volunteers who are committed to the mission of supporting the morale of our deployed military

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, caring and committed to the mission

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach every deployed service member in every branch of service, every month for years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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