My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Operation Write Home, Federal Way, WA, USA
I've been involved in Operation Write Home since December 2010. I've personally made and donated over 1000 blank greeting cards in the 10 months since I began volunteering. It's a great honor to know I am making cards that help families to stay in touch while a hero is deployed. We often hear from the heroes and their families about how much they appreciate the cards and enjoy choosing "just the right one" to send home to a loved one.
OWH is so well organized that it's easy to stay in touch and provide the help they need. The Facebook page and blogs are updated daily, with Facebook being updated throughout the day. These posts allow card makers to know which themes of cards are needed, to learn new techniques, and to network with others from around the world. I see great improvement in my cards thanks to the numerous tutorials, sketches, and other resources provided.
I would encourage anyone who is "crafty" to consider getting involved. There are no minimums or maximums, so you can give as much time as you want with no pressure to do more. If you're not crafty, please consider taking a few moments to write an "Any Hero" letter, which is a message from you to a hero expressing your gratitude for the hero's service to the country. Monetary donations cover the costs of shipping the cards overseas. A donation of $13 covers postage on a box of about 350 cards.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
My cardmaking skills have improved visibly in the 10 months I've been involved so far.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
I feel like I'm making a small, tangible difference every time I make a card.
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