Operation Troop Appreciation

Rating: 4.99 stars   219 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 81-0651982
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Rating: 5 stars  

My son and I volunteer for OTA for about 4 years now. I started to volunteer because I wanted to show my son what a small act like packing a box full of ordinary items can make a difference in someone life. Also, that taking time out of our lives is more valuable than just writing a check. OTA just not help the troops that are deployed they change lives within their volunteers. Because of OTA I have been able to meet some wonderful people that I would not have before and be able to try things that I never thought possible. OTA has not only have helped 100,000 troops they help me feel like my son and I can make a difference.

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

Seeing letters and soliders telling us how much the things means to them.

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

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

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

I would like more help with it but it is hard to find people that have the time to do it. The boardmembers and some key volunteers help when they can.

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

To be able to speak to people, make new friends,

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

valued, empower,

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband is about to go on his 4th deployment. OTA has been there not only for my husband but numerous men and women of our Armed Forces! Being an Army Wife they have let me volunteer my time to help these BRAVE forces. OTA sacrifices their time and hearts just to give our soldiers a little piece of home. Being a volunteer you realize how much effort goes into just one package. This is what it's all about! I have seen first hand on how much one care package goes a long way in keeping morale up and putting a smile on a soldier's face in such a gloomy place. From an Army wife...thank you OTA not only for doing this but giving me the pleasure to help the cause!

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  

I have been a volunteer for OTA for 5 years now in the capacity of collecting donations for "wish list items" and signatures for holiday cards and thank you cards for our troops at various functions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have also donated DVD's, blankets, and toiletries to be packaged and sent to the troops. It has been such an inspiration talking to families that have someone overseas in the service, or have been there themselves and have received packages from OTA. They are so appreciative and can't thank you enough. The letters OTA has received from thankful recipients is overwhelming. Just to think how OTA has grown is remarkable in itself. I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization.

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

I've experienced the results of this organization in reading the many, many pictures, and letters of thankfulness and appreciation from troops that have received items. I have spoken with previous recipients during my volunteering that could not express how grateful they were for OTA. All the volunteers love what they do, and it gives me personal gratification.

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

I would not change a thing about this organization. It is so well organized, and has wondertul leaders.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I spent a saturday last fall, helping OTA of Pittsburg fill probably close to 2 tons of Christmas "Care Packages" to be sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The spirit and comraderie of the team and volunteers(myself) was congenial and uplifting. How could it not be? Such a worthwhile and noble effort to honor our troops in war zones-away from their families, friends and the country they so proudly serve, was inspiring.
I will gladly give of my time, energy and resources to help in any way possible, to promote OTA and its mission in the future.


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

Return letters and notes from service men and women who have received these "Care Packages"

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

None required.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with and have known of this charity since its inception in 2004. Not once have I seen the enthusiasm and commitment of its officers, board and volunteers waiver. It's obvious all those connected with OTA have a deep appreciation for and support of our men and women in the military service. How many charities do we come across where never once does a dollar go into anyone's personal pocket for their efforts, but in fact goes directly to the cause the charity promotes? The respect and love shown for our military by those associated with OTA is contagious, spilling over profusely to anyone who comes in contact with them as they continue on their "mission" to show support for our troops, wherever they are. No request to OTA is too small, too insignificant or too much trouble. It's a testament to their dedication that even the seemingly most difficult request is fulfilled, sometimes by others who see OTA's determination and who help to open doors to make "wish lists" reality. This is a true grass roots organization who has had a great impact on the morale of over 100,000 troops since 2004. OTA is truly worthy of note and gets my 5-star vote without hesitation! I have been and will continue to make periodic contributions to further their fine work.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with OTA since its inception in July of 2004. Although I live a distance from Pittsburgh, I visit a few times a year and have been involved in fundraising and packing items to send to our troops. I have seen the dedication of the volunteers and the efficiency with which they operate. At my place of business, I have OTA materials on display and have seen firsthand how requests generated from my office have been filled by OTA and I have personally received feedback from those on the receiving end. The inspiration for the creation of OTA is a story in itself, and the impact it has had on our servicemen and women is beyond measure.

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

Customers or loved ones of customers who are serving in the military have been astounded over the years at the efficiency of this organization, how fully and timely requests are filled and how quickly packages arrive. I've seen how morale of those serving is boosted over and over again.

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

I've seen firsthand since inception how this organization has continually improved on itself, and cannot honestly give any suggestions at this point.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have had the opportunity to work with the devoted OTA in collecting signatures for Holiday cards and packing for individual "Wish Lists" for the troops. OTA works continuouly to provide for the troops, not just once a year at the Holidays. OTA is continually looking at various ways to raise funds to provide for the troops that sacrifice so much to keep us free. An honor to work with OTA!

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

I experience pleasure in reading how the troops appreciate the items they receive from OTA

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

I can't think of any changes. OTA has great leadership and devotion to the troops.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The company that I work for discovered OTA as a great way for us to be able to support our troops overseas. They locate a troop for us that needs items from home, and we gather those items and send them overseas. OTA provides guidance on most requested items, what we can and cannot ship, thank you notes from the troops and pictures of the troops receiving our packages. It is a win-win situation for both the troops and the associates at my office. OTA provides us with a way to show our appreciation for those who are defending our freedom and putting their lives on the line every day. OTA truly makes this a heartwarming experience for us and the troops.

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

seeing the happiness on the faces of the troops when they open our packages. OTA encourages the troops to send pictures to us. It is an overwhelming feeling to see the looks on their faces when they receive some of the basic hygiene items or snacks.

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

not change anything.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with OTA for a few years now. It is a wonderful feeling knowing you are sending a little piece of home to the Soldiers who so bravely give so much for all of us back home. Not only does OTA send personal items, OTA also sends cards to the soldiers. Collecting the signatures, wishes and blessings from so many people here at home to send to the Soldiers Marines and Saliors to hopefully brighten their day. Reading the letters of thankfulness from all the service men and women and happiness that OTA has been able to share. The hard work and dedication that Kristen and Monica have to this organization is because of their dedication to the troops serving so far away,,, This is truly a special Organization to be a part of.

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

Reading letters of thankfulness sent from the troops to OTA expressing their thoughts ,,,knowing the folks back home truly care.

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

Do nothing,,, if it's not broke don't fix it!! Except,,,, try to hit the powerball so I could personally give more.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I have been long time volunteers for OTA. It is not only rewarding for the troops but for ourselves too. OTA is a wonderful organization to be a part of. OTA fulfills wishes to our deployed troops. Just reading the thank you letters and seeing the pictures of all the grateful soldiers warms your heart. Since volunteeing with OTA I have made new friends who have joined our packing parties or donation drives. It is truly a non profit organization because not one person gets paid. We are all there for the same reason to provide moral support and bring a little of home to all those overseas.

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

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

Change nothing I think it is over seen by some great caring people.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with OTA on many occasions, and I cannot think of more dedicated individuals. It was and is an honor for me anytime that I can work with them.
It makes me both proud and humble to be a part of serving those who serve for us. Our brave men and women fighting overseas give so much for each of us. They make it possible for us to enjoy and even take for granted the small creature comforts they we have. I think it's wonderful that OTA tries to bring some of those very same items to our deployed service members! It is but one small way for us to say "thank-you" and give to those who give it all.
All one has to do is visit their site to see the letters and photos of our troops to see what a fabulous job this organization pulls off!

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

Yes! We received letters and pictures from deployed soldiers showing them enjoying various music, sporting items, etc.

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

I wouldn't! Kristen Queirera and Monica Orluk do a great job organinzing it all, and the staff of volunteers are awesome too!

 
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