Operation Write Home

Rating: 4.98 stars   160 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 35205 13TH Pl Sw Federal Way WA 98023 USA

Mission: Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.
Results: Over a million cards sent for heroes to write home on!
Target demographics: Deployed service members
Direct beneficiaries per year: approx 1000 units receiving boxes every 5 weeks
Geographic areas served: Worldwide, wherever heroes are deployed
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been making cards for OWH for about 3 years. I was at a time in my life where I needed to do something for someone, but had no idea what that would be. I saw an article about OWH in a crafting magazine and was immediately drawn to it in a way that I can't imagine being without it for my outlet. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about the men and women who are sacrificing for us, and I strive to make a card a day. I have a relative who has recently joined the service, and it makes it all mean even more.

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

I actually received a card from someone deployed, thanking me for my contribution to Operation Write Home.

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

I wouldn't change a 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

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

I wouldn't change a thing.

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

I've met some new friends through a local card making group, and I've even gotten some new recruits!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel a sense of purpose, where before, all I did was work, eat and sleep.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sending off a care package for a deployed relative was a way to support our troops but it was just to one or two people at a time and just for a limited time. Making cards for OWH not only satisfies my papercrafting interests but also a benfefits a lot of people in a lot of places on an on-going basis or the last two years. OWH is terrific for acknowledging your contribution immediately plus we get wonderful feedback from the heroes. OWH's site offers help and inspiration for making the best possible cards for our heroes with galleries, vlogs, photo tutorials as well as OWH TV. Their Facebook pages also gives you hundreds of "friends" who provide tips and examples of great cards on a daily basis.

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

The responses from the people who have received and used our cards.

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

Nothing

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

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

I have learned a lot of different techniques for card-making and OWH contacts with vendors have provided me with information about what is out in the market and how to use it.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very happy to be doing something that I enjoy and can share with others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been making cards for about 9 years and have always made way too many to give to family and friends. So I had boxes of cards stashed away in my house just waiting. While looking around online for card ideas, I came across Operation Write Home's website. I have now been making cards for OWH for the past year and absolutely love this organization. The volunteers are completely dedicated to bringing our heroes a closeness to their loved ones back home. It is all done for the heroes.

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been crafting for OWH for about 2 years. The service members really enjoy receiving the cards sent to them by OWH. I really enjoy making the cards for them. It gives me joy and happiness knowing that it is appreciated as much as we appreciate what they (service members) do for us!

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

letters received in response to Any Hero mail I sent.

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

Create a pen-pal type system where if someone wants to become a pen-pal they would be connected to a service member who also would like to have a pen-pal.

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

Definitely had an impact on me.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Appreciated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been making cards for our troops to send home for over a year. I am so grateful that I can make a difference in a military's family life for all they do for us.....

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

i live in a military area and i hear the good that Operation write home does....

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

no changes

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

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

yes, got to know about the military and their family

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

good about myself. However, more of respect for the families of our deployed military...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been making cards for OWH for a little over a year. It's my small way to contribute to the military & hopefully brighten someone's day. I'm glad this group is here for us creative people. :)

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

I've learned a lot of new skills. Everyone is so nice.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I was making a difference in people's family's.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been making cards for Operation Write Home for a couple of years. It is very rewarding to know my creative outlet has a place to go - many heroes overseas are receiving beautiful, original, hand-made cards to send notes to their loved ones back home. Let me tell you, it doesn't get any better than knowing that I can activity support these brave men and women who are defending our country.

It is a small contribution on my part - one done lovingly. But it is received in a big way.

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been making handmade cards for over 10 years and you know, you just don't have THAT many friends and relatives to send them to, although I try! So I was looking for a way to support the troops that would involve my craft in some way and found Operation Write Home. This organization is wonderful and ALL volunteer. Hand made cards can be sent to any of 3 different shippers in the States (check out the Operation Write Home web site) where they are sorted and boxed and sent to units overseas for our brave servicemen and women to have wonderful blank cards to write home on. In this day and age of electronic mail, a hand written card or letter is so precious and will be kept as treasured keepsakes for years by many recipients. Snail mail has a way to touch our lives and hearts that e-mail does not.

I am proud to be a small part of this wonderful organization and thank my fellow card makers all across the world that contribute to this very worthwhile project. And especially I thank Sandy Allnock, the President of the organization, that thought this up and keeps it going tirelessly day in and day out. (Well, I know she gets tired, but she keeps going!!)

Thank you Operation Write home for giving me an outlet for my creativity and supporting our Armed Forces.

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

I have gotten involved in local groups that get together to make cards that also send in to this organization.

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

Ask folks to send in donations to help defray the costs for postage. Every dollar helps!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I received cards from OWH while I was deployed. It was awesome to take 5 minutes out to write a card and sent it home. My family got involved with the organization while I was deployed, and I joined in when I returned home! This Organization is awesome in helping out Troops!

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

getting cards while I was deployed to send home to my family!

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

have more shippers so our's weren't so busy!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been sending hand made cards to OWH for a couple of years now. They are dear to my heart because I have family members and friends, and even the Pastor from my church (who is also a Chaplain) that have served. I feel that it's the least I can do for those who are serving our great country. It's how I show my gratitude. Operation Write Home makes that easy. I share the craft I love, OWH sends the cards to the heroes overseas, and they in turn can write home to their family. It's a win-win all the way around!

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?

2011

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

It has introduced me to new friends who share my love of card making and supporting our troops!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes me feel like I have made a difference, and that is a good feeling!

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