OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION

Rating: 4.99 stars   212 reviews

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  

Operation Troop Appreciation has adopted our battalion who is currently deployed to Afghanistan. This organization has been in constant contact with me for the past two months now since we landed in theater and has sent everything that we have asked for up to this point. The feedback that I am receiving from the infantrymen who receive these boxes are that they are the best they have received from any of the multiple deployments our Soldiers have been on. On behalf of the Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment, I would like to extend our appreciation for this organizations support. This is truly one of the best that I have worked with as a sponsor to over hundreds of Soldiers. I am truly indebted to this organization as well as all the donors for their kindness. Thanks to all of their help, I can assure you that all Soldiers here feel a little closer to home. I would like to thank any donor in advance that chooses to support Operation Troop Appreciation, your actions will be utilized to the very best by the staff who work for this organization.

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

I would change nothing, they are doing absolutely great things for my battalion.

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

A lot

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Each and every Marine, Soldier and Sailor attached to the 215th Brigade Advisor Team thanks OTA for their support. Their generosity and willingness to support America's Service Members is becoming less and less as we progress during this conflict. However, consistently over the last 13 years, a few Americans like those with OTA have sustained us throughout the globe with their generosity, kindness and sincerity. The quality of our people who continue to demonstrate their willingness to honor, to cherish and to sacrifice for each and every one of us is a display of what makes our Nation great. I could not imagine a time without great American's such as those at OTA. It is truly us how are honored by those who take the time from their busy schedules, to provide for the morale and welfare of those who serve. We will forever be indebted to you.

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

Not a thing.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Cant, be more humbled and thankful for the support and items you sent to us. The battalion was overwhelmed with happiness and joy. Our gratitude could never be repaid. Thank you!
10th Special Forces Group (A)
Ft. Carson Colorado

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2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Grass root effort to support our Men and women serving overseas. Thank you for bring our American Spirit Together to Support our Freedom Fighters!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization goes above and beyond to provide necessities for our troops overseas! I have been donating items to OTA for over 5 years to help bring smiles to soldiers' faces. When thank you notes and pictures from the soldiers are posted on OTA's Facebook page, it lets all of us know that what is being done is a great morale booster for them. OTA is a wonderful organization!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been donating to OTA for several years. They are a great organization with little overhead due to all of their volunteers. They work hard to get necessary items to our troops who are grateful for the support. They make sure that we see all the thank you notes from the troops. I would highly recommend this organization!

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The support our team has been shown has been outstanding. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people back home taking the time to provide us with much needed comforts. We have also been fortunate enough to share our wealth with other local units.

thank you for your support!!!

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 have been donating money and goods to ota since my son came home from the marines after doing 2 tours in Iraq. I would send him and his guys boxes and boxes of stuff every month. he said they appreciated it so much. after he came home and told me so many of the guys didn't get packages from their family and the things I sent meant a lot to these men. in 2007, when he came home, I wanted to continue to send things they needed or wanted and someone told me about ota. I do what I can and know that all the money goes to fill the wishlists of our troops.

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

do nothing. they are wonderfully organized and efficient.

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  

Wonderful organization with amazing volunteers to support our troops. The amount of time and thought that goes into each care package, and the little overhead they have shows they are 100% commintment they have to our troops.

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  

OTA is a very humble, professional, and effective organization! Their mission statement is 100% true. It is all about our men and women who are deployed and give their selfless service and daily sacrifices for our freedom.
OTA reaches out to all people, including children, to create awareness. One of the biggest things I have read on the thank you notes is how the troops love to see the pictures the kids draw and all the cards that are signed. Their wish filled boxes contain these also.
I have been a volunteer since July 2013. Kristen Holloway, Monica Orluk, and Amanda Thompson are some of the best people you ever want to meet. All the volunteers I have met are very friendly, they are trained by Carol Hamilton. Carol is great at guiding us on how to make the public aware of what OTA is doing.
OTA not only reaches out to our deployed troops, but also reaches out to those who were in the military and families who have loved ones in the military. There is a guest book right in the front for all service men and women to sign. It is nice to see the public look through that guest book at all the signatures that are there. Veterans can also sign up to be informed of activities that are in their communities and be made aware of them. OTA has magazines and informational pamphlets for all the family members also.
OTA is very active in the communities as well with charitable events and promoting awareness. Most of the public is surprised and appreciates that when I tell them that we are all volunteers, no one on board is paid. That means that 98.5% of all monies donated goes right to support our troops with their wishes.
It is a joyful experience when you get to share time with a veteran from the past wars and they express their gratitude to what OTA is doing now. The feedback from the public that comes into the homestead in West Mifflin, PA is heartfelt. On the other side is the family members of our troops who come in and share their stories about how OTA has helped their loved one.
I have the pleasure of volunteering for this phenomenal organization as often as I can. I personally do not have a loved one serving in our military, but our troops are all of our loved ones.
I'm sure all would agree that OTA is definitely a Top Rated Non-Profit Charity.
I share with everyone I know the wondrousness of Operation Troop Appreciation.

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

I would not change one thing!

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  

I've been hearing more and more about the wonderful things that this organization does for our troops and after reading about their amazing help and support efforts, and how well it is organized and executed, I definately want to get involved in the future and raise awareness of this great nonprofit!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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