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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Humanities, Military & Veterans Organizations, Support, Veterans, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Operation Interdependence provides a unique and efficient organization sending individual bags, each containing a personal note and some goodies from home to commanders so that no one is left out. For many it's the only communication they receive from home. For the civilians at home OI provides a means to communicate their support to the troops efficiently, working with the military delivery system, so the public has a means to communicate their thoughts and well wishes to those deployed overseas on their behalf.

Results: Over 2 million care packages shipped since 2001

Target demographics: our deployed military around the world

Direct beneficiaries per year: an averagae of 20,000 per month

Geographic areas served: Colorado and Californnnia

Programs: . Providing a means for citizens to support and serve our troops deployed around the world on land and sea, their families, military personnel at home and our veterans without impacting resources . A major part of this support being to coordinate the public, our volunteers, corporations, other organizations and the media in an interdependent effort to create , individual baggies, (care packages) each containing a personal note and some goodies from home that they miss. With OI nothing is wasted, and items that do not meet OI standards are given to military families and our veterans.Our current monthly reach is equivalent to 20,000 care packages

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michael R.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The main reason I have such a high regard for operation interdependence is the fact that everything they take in 100% goes to the deployed troops the volunteers take no money from the organization and every one of a of the volunteers that I know including myself all absolutely enjoy doing the packing for the troops the different events that we have at it's just very very rewarding

1 Fred M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at operation Independence in the valley of Los Angeles for nine years now and I am very happy about doing it is a great feeling. I am a Vietnam vet and get Great gratification of shipping items to the military overseas. Operation interdependence is strictly a nonprofit totally all donated items, it means a lot to me

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this organization for many years. I enjoy it because it's a 100% volunteer organization, with the warehouses/offices being donated as well as all the notes, products and funds. No one gets a salary so that more deployed can receive support every month. Things to large to ship are given to families left behind and our veteran's in need.

Arthur7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been involved with Operations Interdependence for the last several
years in various ways to raise money for sending care boxes to our troops overseas,
Karon travels hundreds of miles in getting items and talking with folks on what she
does. Our organization has donated money to her to help on the cost of sending
each box to a soldier overseas that may not get one from home. This is a never ending
job and she is tireless in providing this to our troops.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Karon Carley has worked with the Operations Interdependence since knowing her for about
4 years and she is very dedicated to this organization traveling the country for products to
send over seas to our troops. She also works with our Local Patriot Guard Riders for
lending a hand a various stops on our Poker Runs to raise funds for her organization.
She is not only an asset to the Operation Interdependence but to the community also.

Art(groady) Edwards
Western Slope Assist State Capt
Colo PGR

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Interdependence is one of my favorite non profits for many reasons but especially the fact that it’s 100% volunteer. NO ONE HAS A SALARY! They not only assist our brave military by sending care packages but they add a personal touch of a note with it. Our troops are important and OI does so much for them! OI also assists veterans and military family members at home with food and other needs.

OI ROCKS!

liti

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since 2003,what I like the most about this organization is that is run with everyone as a volunteer no one gets paid.every donation is for for the cost ofshipping the boxes,every month they send the care packages to the military serving overseas.Thanks Operation Interdependence, keep up the great job.

Mitzi3

Donor

Rating: 5

My family has supported Operation Interdependence for about 4 years now. It is an honest and dedicated organization, supporting our military personnel by sending care packages every month. I've enjoyed attending their packing meetings and participating in various types of fundraisers. Everyone who volunteers there are very nice and welcoming, but most notably, it is the vision and tireless effort by Karon Carley, that this organization continues its work day in day out.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WE HAVE SUPPORTED THIS ORGANIZATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND FIND THEM HONEST, RELIABALE AND DEDICATED TO SENDING PACKAGES, ETC., TO THE TROOPS EVERYWHERE. A GROUP IS ONLY AS GOOD AS IT'S LEADER AND AL AND KARON CARLEY ARE THE MOST DEDICATED WE KNOW. IT IS NOT EASY DOING FUNDRAISING, ETC., WITH SO MANY OTHER MILITARY GROUPS OUT THERE BUT THIS ONE HAS THE RIGHT LEADERS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK HARD AT GETTING THE WORD OUT. NO SALARIES, NO PRAISE MANY TIMES BUT THEY CONTINUE FORGING AHEAD AND WILL CONTINUE WE ARE SURE. OI IS WORTHY OF YOUR CONSIDERATION AS A GROUP TO DONATE TO.

Revajoy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer. I volunteer at OI at the VA in North Hills, CA. This organization has given me the opportunity to support service members all over the world by writing letters, packing C-Rats, hosting packing parties, raising funds for postage and making sure that all those packages get shipped. We are all volunteers, but we are also a family. We laugh alot as we work together and enjoy the time we spend volunteering. Thanks for the opportunity to raise the morale of our military.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Operation Interdependence in the Los Angeles center for six years. I pack C-Rats twice a week and one weekend a month. 50 baggies (or C-Rats) go in a box, so 50 service members receive a letter from a caring civilian, some candy and personal items and a boost in morale. With more volunteers and more donations from people, we could send even more goodies to our troops. Our center sends approximately 100 boxes each month. Thus, 5000 service members receive our support from this one center out of 11 throughout the United States. No one gets paid. We all volunteer. Every thing we use is donated and so is the money that is used for postage to send the boxes to FPO's and APO's.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Interdependence is an all voluntary organization that supports our military. We send letters and goodies overseas to our heroes that keep us free. These letters are read and reread and kept as a part of home. I have received thank you notes demonstrating their gratitude. OI has units throughout the U.S . I am from Gilroy, Ca.; we send 30 to 60 boxes a month . Our community is very helpful in donating items and postage money(@$500 to $700. a. month).

staceed

Volunteer

Rating: 5

More than 12 years ago, My Husband and I took on the task of bringing Operation Interdependence to our local Los Angeles Area. Over time we have moved from my living room to 3,000 sq feet of donated space at a Veterans facility in North Hills, CA. Since then, my husband as passed away, but OI goes on with wonderful, dedicated volunteers who are committed to serving our deployed Service Members as well as well as our Vets that come to this facility for medical care and emotional and social support.

The volunteers of Operation Interdependence, Los Angeles are proud and grateful to have the opportunity to give back just a little service in return for all that our military has given to us through their service and sacrifice.

If you come to Los Angeles, please visit us and see how much we do with limited resources.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Volunteer and now a Manager for this national organization for 9 years. We are always amazed at how far we can make limited resources go. We can reach 50 deployed service members for just $30 and some donated supplies. $3,000 will send 5,000 service members treats and good wishes from a grateful American people. and each one will receive a letter thanking them for their service and sacrifice. The letters we get back prove that a little goes a long way in keeping morale high in-theatre.

Bob_73

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been an Honor to work with Karon Carly with Operation Interdependence. I have had the honor or meeting Karon in person some years ago when I came out to Grand Junction at one of their events and interviewed organizations as well as WWII Veterans. OI sent care packages to my son n law when he was deployed to Iraq and to my youngest brother when he was deployed to Afghanistan.
I encourage everybody to help OI in any way they can.
Bob Calvert, Founder
www.talkingwithheroes.com
www.thankyouforyourservice.us

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about O.I. through my Aunt several years ago who does a lot for them in California. I loved what she did so much that I contacted O.I. and started packing and shipping as well; but sadly had to stop due to family obligations. About a year later, after staying in touch with the National President, she contacted me to see about helping with Marketing and Promoting; which is what I currently do for the organization. I love what O.I does for the troops and hope to continue being apart of this wonderful organization.

Karon2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined OI over 10 years ago hoping to write notes to the troops. Became involved and soon became Colorado state manager. 5 years ago became National President. Volunteer with the greatest people in the nation. Ones who truly believe in supporting the troops.
As an update on the address the national headquarters address is now 2695 Patterson Rd. #2-147 Grand Junction Co. 81506

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with the Houston, TX chapter and am amazed how much is accomplished each year by volunteers who are 3 years to 103 years old. It takes such little time to write a letter or pack a care package, "C-Rat®," but the impact of these small gifts on our troops is more than triple fold. It so sad to know that some of our soldiers never receive a letter or care package from home during their time in service. Furthermore, some of the items we send them are things they can't get either because they are unavailable in that country or there is no where but base to obtain supplies. We send them goodies (candy, jerky, razors, travel size shampoo, logic puzzles, cards, pens, etc.) in quart size bags which is easy for them to pack in their gear and take with them when they are away from base camp for hours or days. Above all, it is about the golden rule of, "treating others as you want to be treated." Who better to treat kindly than the men and women who daily secure our freedom?

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I founded OI a civilian-to-military delivery system to provide a means to civilians by which they can serve and support our deployed forces without impacting resources. Ten years later, the all volunteer effort continue to serve thousands deployed, their families and Veterans. The OI volunteers get a five star salute for keeping the dream alive!