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May 24, 2011

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March 19, 2010

I was involved with Operation Tribute for a few years now. I have been more involved with the fundraising end with the Knights of Columbus. The program is first rate in that it is not a needs based ... more

May 24, 2011

Since I began with this organization, I have watched it grow from just a state organization to a regional organization. Channel six, an affiliate of NBC, has honored the founder, Marc Badeau, as a 2010/2011 NBC “6 Who Care Award” Recipient. The Governor has honored this organization by giving it the 2011 Maine Governor’s Award as Maine’s Outstanding Non-Profit and Vermont has just nominated this group for their Outstanding Non Profit. This year over 32,000 Christmas presents were given to children of military personnel in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and parts of Western New York. Every year this group grows and grows and will soon become nationwide with your help.

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

helping to spread the word of this great organization and just having that "feel good" feeling of doing something worthwhile

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Nothing at this time

March 19, 2010

I was involved with Operation Tribute for a few years now. I have been more involved with the fundraising end with the Knights of Columbus. The program is first rate in that it is not a needs based program but a tribute to the unsung heroes of the military services, the children. The anxiety that the children have is just as real as the adults but they seem to be overlooked. This program brings them to the front line so to speak and recognizes them for their sacrifice of their parents. I currently sit on the board for the State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus and I am very proud to be a part of this organization.

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

If this organiztion had 10 million bucks, it could achieve its goal of going nationwide much sooner.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 2, 2010

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April 2, 2010

This organization is truly amazing. I have worked with them as a volunteer for several years and it is obvious that those involved genuinely care and work their hardest to better the lives of those whose family members are in the service. The amount of money raised is impressive and the organization can truly make a big difference.

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

Positive and outgoing. Very organized and optimistic.

Ways to make it better...

I could have seen direct results through pictures or letters of my efforts from the children receiving the gifts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 1, 2010

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April 1, 2010

Operation Tribute is one of the most meaningful organizations that I have ever seen. The organization provides a christmas gift to children of militaries families. The gift to is show our appreciation for their bravery and show them that we are proud of them and proud of their Father of Mother who is serving their country. We need more organizations like Operation Tribute in the world.

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

The fundraisers that I have held. The public is very supportive of Operation Tribute. More so than other programs that I have been involved with.

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

Meeting other people involved with the program, and in seeing the success we've had.

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

Dedicated and fun to work with. We all feel the same way about the program.

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

Branch out into many other states and give out a lot more gifts.

Ways to make it better...

I had gotten involved sooner. I got started late in the year but 2010 is looking very good.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

In my first year in Key Club, I was extremely pleased with Operation Tribute. So much effort and caring goes into the process of giving each gift. I was able to help in this process, and was welcomed warmly (even though my gift wrapping skills were questionable!) I look forward to volunteering again next year, as the organization is something I would like to be a part of long after my high school career.

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

The warm, welcoming atmosphere. You can tell that they are really passionate about what they are doing.

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

Extremely nice! Even though I was a stranger to them, they treated me as a close friend.

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

Help even more children that could use a smile during the holidays.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

As the President of the Gorham High School Key Club, I have seen over the past three years this organization grow and evolve to remarkable heights. It could not be run by better people and could not service a more touching cause. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who devote their time to this program. I will miss working on this project as I enter into college next year, but will be sure to make it back at some point to support the cause.

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

my capacity of the local Key Club underneath the sponsoring Kiwanis club.

Ways to make it better...

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

keep expanding.

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

the actual physical wrapping of the gifts.

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

jovial and hardworking.

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

go worldwide.

Ways to make it better...

I could've become more involved.

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

getting new corporations involved to service more states.

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

the Badeaus deserve a vacation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 15, 2010

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March 15, 2010

I became involved with Marc Badeau in 2007 when he launched Operation Holiday Cheer (OHC), a program designed to provide a holiday gift to each child of Maine's military families that desired to participate. The premise was elegantly simple, regardless of one's beliefs about the war, the children of Maine's military familes deserved a show of support and appreciation for their sacrifice as children of military members who were deployed or facing deployment. In that first year, 8,000 gifts were distributed to over 140 cities and towns in Maine with a personal letter addressed to the child. Renamed, Operation Tribute, the program now recognizes the children of those serving, regarless of service or component and has expanded from Maine to include all of New England, New York and New Jersey. Not suprisingly, expansion over the entire Eastern seabord is the next step. I was so impressed by the purpose, organization and impact on the children of the Maine National Guard that I volunteered to serve on the Board of Directors.

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

the Maine National Guard by hosting the presentation ceremonies at our units Christmas parties each year.

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

the organization, focus and commitment to the children of our military families

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

dedicated to the elegantly simple premise that regardless of your politics, the children of our military familes sacrifice in their parents' service and deserve our recognition

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

Our company works with many different nonprofits every year. Because of the sheer number of requests of support we receive, we must be very selective with whom we work. Operation Tribute rises to the top of all nonprofits because they make every effort to work as partners with private sector businesses. It has been a pleasure working with everyone at Operation Tribute.

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

The faces of the children receiving the letters and gifts.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

I have been a member of the Operation Tribute since before it was formed. I was the first person with whom Marc Badeau discussed the viability of the project. I have found great satisfaction working with Marc and the rest of the volunteers. I've done everyting from wrapping and sending presents to the children to soliciting major contributors. The final result of reading the thank you notes from the children and their parents makes it all worth while.

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

reading the thank you notes from the children and their parents.

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

satisfaction I've felt from the good we do.

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

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

service ALL the children of military families throughout the country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

I have witnessed firsthand the growth of this organization, as I've volunteered my time consulting to create various marketing and public relations strategies. I have seen this concept mushroom from an informal discussion at a local pub to a humanitarian powerhouse, whose goal is nothing less than providing smiles on the faces of children who have the difficult burden of having a loved one deployed or the possibility of having a loved one deployed in military service. The staff of Operation Tribute have made a huge difference in the lives of so many people, not least of which are the lives of the volunteers who spend their time wrapping gifts and playing a small part in the collective duty we all have as Americans to remember and help the families of those who are making the ultimate sacrifice.

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

seeing the local media report on its continued success, and by helping to convince sponsors to contribute in-kind support.

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

the hours of commitment and community buy-in and team work that are required to wrap so many gifts during one of the busiest seasons of the year.

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

dedicated, friendly, and committed.

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

be a national organization

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

Operation Tribute is a great group of volunteers who bring joy to the children of military families every year at Christmas. It's been an honor to be associated with such a fine group of patriots.

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

the enthusiasm and pride it generates among donors, knowing that it's a small way to say "thank you' to the families of our troops.

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

very focused on the meaning of their work: bring joy to the children of those serving their country.

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

have an organization in all 50 states.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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