Operation Tribute

Rating: 4.75 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: PO Box 699 Gorham ME 04038 USA

Mission: Our mission is to pay tribute to the children of military families for the bravery and sacrifice that they exhibit every day.  Operation Tribute acknowledges the sacrifices being made by the children of all military families living in New England, New York and New Jersey including the Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, Army, Navy , Air Force and Marines by offering them a gift during the most special time of the year - the holidays.
Results: In 2009, Operation Tribute distributed over 25,000 gifts throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. No child that registered for the program was refused a gift.
Target demographics: Children of military families living in New England, New York or New Jersey.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 25,000
Geographic areas served: New England, New York and New Jersey
Programs: Operation Tribute acknowledges the sacrifices being made by the children of all military families living in New England, New York and New Jersey including the Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, Army, Navy , Air Force and Marines by offering them a holiday gift. At the request of a member of a military family, Operation Tribute will provide an age and gender-appropriate gift to each child registered ranging from newborn to age 16. Although our goal is to provide each child a holiday gift, they will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and requests will be filled based upon the amount of funding that is raised in each state. The holiday gift provided will be a top-quality product from a major manufacturer (Mattel, Hasbro, Matchbox, etc.).
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-12-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

keep expanding.

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?

2009-12-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2010-2-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-12-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

This is a great program. I am a volunteer and am extremely proud of my time spent with this organization.

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

the joy provided to the children of military families.

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

more rapidly expand nationally.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

The children of military families live their daily lives with the anxiety of either having a parent deployed or returning home on any given day and being told that their parent(s) are being deployed. Operation Tribute is an organization that clearly understands and works diligently to show support for these children during one of the most difficult times of the year - the holidays. The level of generosity and professionalism of this organization is unmatched. In this day when so-called not-for-profit groups retain 20-40% of every dollar for administrative fees, Operation Tribute boasts that over 97% of all monies raised go directly to the gift with an all-volunteer organization!

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

the incredible effort that is required for this program to occur and the amazing attitude of its founder and volunteers.

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

expand the program throughout the United States. Certainly EVERY child of our military deserves to be recognized and rewarded for their patriotism and service to our country. If anyone out there has the money this is the organization that can produce!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I assisted the organization with the wrapping of presents prior to the holiday season. The gifts were given according to age and gender, and then wrapped in festive packaging to celebrate the season.

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

...the level of care and generosity that is wrapped in each of their packages. It is easy to tell that this organization is truly dedicated to making the children of military families feel special throughout the holiday season.

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

...

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

expand their charitable presence to the entire country, making all children able to benefit from this amazing program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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