Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Operation Troop Appreciation

14,407 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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 175,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that donations are 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: Western PA Veterans and Deployed Troops all over the world

Programs: Active-Duty WishList program Welcome Home Veteran Support program

Community Stories

277 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Robwells99

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no greater friend to a veteran then OTA, Monica and her team are AMAZING........
They go 100% 24-7 to gather things to help the troops, they are a godsend

Previous Stories
1

Client Served

Rating: 5

During my deployment to Afghanistan OTA sent my Unit tons of needed supplies even a pair of much needed Oakley Ballistic glass’s for each of us
Monica and the team at OTA are the best!!!!!!!!

Kimberly Rae G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My favorite charity. I have known the one of the organizator since the beginning.

Andrea Michelucci K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A truly remarkable charity. The time, dedication and caring each volunteer puts into making this charity the absolute best for our Veterans and Active Service Men and Women, speaks volumes. I commend each and every one of them for going above and beyond!

Shane L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

While I was deployed all three times our unit got amazing care packages from OTA. It was a great morale booster to get all the amazing things inside! Especially all the homemade cards.

Bridget28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation does such a wonderful job helping our veterans in need.
This is a great non profit organization that is very much appreciated in our area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So there we were...downtown Baghdad in the middle of the fight with ISIS and we were trying to play Hockey with broken sticks and 1970's era catcher's gear for the goalies. Operation Troop Appreciation came to the rescue. Not only did they show incredible compassion, they influenced their extensive network and showed incredible tenacity to ensure we received sticks, pads, and even T-shirts to help set up teams. Incredible experience and I am very grateful for everything Monica and team did for us.

Holly S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The troop 5k run in November is wonderful. I participate every year because its such a great cause and organization!

John E. D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best organization I have worked with. They have helped me and others in so many ways. I have shared with other Veterans, the great work that they do. From top to troop, they are top notch. Monica and Sherry, I owe so much to you and OTA.

Elaine A.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent work, excellent people, excellent support for our troops!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that OTA does is life changing for the men and women that we serve. To be heading towards a 15 year anniversary and to have been 100% volunteer from the inception of the Charity is amazing and one I am proud to be a part of.

Donor

Rating: 5

Throughout my daughter's deployment, I (along with many friends) sent boxes to her ship. The many thanks we received from the sailors was more than we expected or needed to recieve. Now that deployment is complete, we will support OTA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation does amazing work with both active duty military and Veterans of the military. Every day they make a difference in somebody's life

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great non profit for Veterans and service members during great times of need , this organization is a great morale booster for veterans and they are constantly doing their best to service new needs in the veteran community as they arise, which can be seen with their welcome home packages for homeless transitioning veterans that they issue veterans , and helping veterans with connecting them for needed medical appointments with a free handicap accommodated taxi trip.

Thanks OTA!

Nick Fate
Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania

1 Donny W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation supported me over the course of four combat deployments. Their kindness, generosity, and support is like something I’ve rarely experienced! I’ll never forget the fantastic people that work there and their amazing mission.

Daniel B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

amazing nonprofit that really makes a difference in veterans lives.

Ben_40

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with OTA for the better part of 5 years and as an Active Duty Army Veteran, I can tell you this organization stands out as one of the best! The volunteers truly have a deep passion for the ciritcal work the organization is filling both for those deployed overseas and those facing issues upon their return. OTA continues to push themselves harder and harder to truly be a beacon of Hope and support for active duty military, veterans and their families. Every dollar donated goes directly to the mission, no member of the staff or board receives a salary or payment for work done, it is all done out of the true passion for the work.

Brian S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

OTA, You guys and girls have saved me in Afghanistan, saved me in civilian life and MONICA YOU ARE MY REAL WORLD ANGEL! THANK YOU

Donor

Rating: 5

The best, most committed volunteers, working together for a wonderful cause. Making a HUGE difference in the fight to end homelessness in the veteran community, while simutaneously taking care of our troops deployed overseas. I encourage everyone who has been touched, in any way, by OTA to write a 5 Star review and donate.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with OTA in the winter and have had nothing but amazing experiences since! What they do for the troops abroad and veterans in the area is remarkable. They have a heck of a team (100% volunteer) working for them around the clock, all while working full-time jobs during the day. They are grateful for all that they receive - they are sure to send thank you notes and recognize donors on social media, and are so friendly. They also are SURE to give as much $ back to the troops/veterans as humanly possible by having very little overhead costs. Thank you OTA for being amazing!! We love you!!

Lauri Fegal W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization that helps our troops and veterans. They have been very instrumental in helping Veterans moving into housing with the necessary items to begin setting up a home.
No one in this organization gets paid except for the feeling of helping our military and veterans.
They do this through donations and fundraising. The dedicated men and women deserve to be recognized for the good they do
As a Peer Leader Of WoVeN , I know how much the Welcome Home packages mean to our Veterans

Nancy Beech S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for a few months at the West Mifflin facility. It is my honor to help our military.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been associated with Operation Troop Appreciation for over a decade. I don't know of any other charity organization that donates 99% of everything it takes in to the cause it supports. These folks are all non-paid volunteers, supporting our troops overseas, for nothing but the love of our country and our freedom. Operation troop Appreciation will always be the first non-profit organization I donate to.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great experience helping out such a great organization!!! Everyone is so compassionate and giving of themselves all while helping our vets!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Monica Orluk for president 2020. She has what it takes to make America great again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers at OTA are top notch and have such a love for our military persons and they strive every day to make as many active duty military and veterans of our military feel as loved as they possible can. The people that we serve are so thankful for the help that they receive from OTA.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My son collected items on OTA's "needed items" list in lieu of gifts for his 9th birthday. The volunteers allowed he and a few of his buddies to drop it off and gave them a tour of the facility, telling the kids stories about the people they were helping. They even sent thank you notes and pictures to the kids in the mail. This experience will stay with them forever!

1 Larry D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During our first deployment Operation Troop Appreciation was there when we asked for help. Being a unit that traveled the triangle of Iraq and having a difficult time setting up accounts, our men were hurting for much needed personal hygiene items. We were actually the first unit that OTA began it's start with. OTA also supported my unit on it's second tour as well.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi OTA was outstanding in both my tours. Whatever we needed they supplied or found for us. We were actually the first Unit they helped out. We traveled all over Iraq and had little or no support from Active Army and OTA helped us. We will always hold a special place in our Heart for those who support and those who work at OTA. Thank You and Good luck OTA.

Review from Guidestar

1 Kacey L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are an amazing non profit! On multiple occasions they have offered support to my family as well as my husband, the soldier. It varied from care packages to meet and greet dinners and baseball games! They supported our entire unit during their tour in support of Operation enduring freedom, sending care packages of all needed items. They have even expanded to helping soldiers and their families after deployments. I was even blessed to help volunteer at events for collection of donations and getting signatures for cards for care packages and much more!

Previous Stories
1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an army wife, During my husbands first deployment, I had the honor to volunteer and help make and send care packages. So much work, thought, and dedication goes into what some people think is just a box but Is really a morale booster. What most people take for granted OTA knows that the soldiers need those items. My husband received care packages while he was over in Afghanistan and they really helped him. From necessities to things that can help pass time. Both him and I were very appreciative to have been blessed with OTA. What the people at OTA do is amazing and I am so happy I was able to help with the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the honor of working with OTA for the past few years and I can tell you, as a Veteran, this organization is doing amazing things. From supplying critical iteams to service members down range to stepping in to help a Veteran transition into a stable living situation; OTA continues to be there!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We reached out to Operation Troop Appreciation to request used softball equipment in order to start a team for the league on the installation. Not only did they deliver, but supplied enough brand new gloves and bats to support the entire team. Without their support we would have not been able to field a team. Many thanks from the members of "Reaper" nation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OTA is a wonderful organization that goes above and beyond to assist our troops by lifting their spirits and making everyday life a little bit easier. They do not seek profit lines like other troop programs, which shows OTA's heart and soul dedication to the core.

OTA assisted my brother and his team multiple times while overseas and my brother mentioned on several occasions how great it was to get the packages with the simplest common household items. Since my brother was the main point of contact with OTA, he became very popular among the other squads and word about OTA spread quickly.

I highly recommend this organization in everything they do and stand for! Please consider supporting them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with and experienced the generosity of Operation Troop Appreciation during events and as a deployed soldier. You will not find a more dedicated staff especially since they are all volunteer. Their officers work full time jobs plus the additional hours to staff OTA. They are truly the best!

1 Karl A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Helped us out so much with our wishlist items and other care package items. Great communication as well. I really felt like I was dealing with people passionate about the program.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amanda and her crew are outstanding! She gave our unit everything we asked for, and then some! She was great to deal with, excellent communication back and forth. Will definitely look up this org again if we need support for another deployment.

Thanks again OTA - you guys are awesome!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter Debbie and I became involved with OTA some time ago. We started to help gather requests for items needed for whole families or single vets that we call Welcome Home Kits. and the rest is history. We'll be there any time there is another need of anyone who needs anything. It 's just some thing I'll always love doing . It's an honor to be able to do anything that's needed Marlene

Client Served

Rating: 5

With limited supplies and the thought of how you will be able to acquire simple materials is the normal struggle of a deployed troop. Having great organizations like OTA, who not only go out of their way to find ways to make troops life easier by providing requested items and assisting you throughout the process. Amanda being the Director reached out to me and acquired all the information she needed to make our request the best to her ability. Not only did she receive all the information she needed but maintained an open communication with me to assure everything went well through the process and we received everything. Thank you OTA for all you do and its greatly appreciated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have received so many love and care from OTA . Our unit is so lucky to have the support and love because it make us remember that we are not alone and amazing people care about us. I been deployed in Afghanistan one year and since then I arrived I have receive the amazing support making my life better and feeling appreciated for my work, supporting our mission and for all the time I have give up in my life for being here.

Thank you so much for all your love and for taking care of me and all my unit.

Donor

Rating: 5

So happy to support an organization that supports our troops. I was proud to choose Operation Troop Appreciation to be our designated charity in lieu of flowers when my husband, a Vietnam Vet, passed away this year. In his memory, our family wanted to see our troops honored in a way that many Vietnam vets were not upon their return.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA)for an item our unit needed but had trouble getting the funds to purchase. After receiving my request OTA quickly filled the order. Their service not only helped our unit but allowed us to better train/educate others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are delighted to receive care packages. We really appreciate and thank each and everyone that has helped support the troops. I am glad to know that there is organizations out there that really care about the troops. we would like to thank once more for supporting us!! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a unit in southwest Asia, who have received outstanding support from OTA! No hesitation in recommending this organization - if you can provide your support, it will definitely be passed to the troops over here!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation has a been tremendous in support us in this deplane for that I just want to say that you guys are rock stars. Thanks again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I could guve them 10 stars! Most support non profits only send boxes of goodies, but this organization sent items we requested. Because of there amazing support and going way above and beyond, my unit deemed me the care package master because it wasn't the normal food items. They sent a bunch of cool gear we requested. OTA ROCKS!

2 Donna251

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome organization to work with. Vets and deployed troops are so appreciative of what they receive. We are all volunteers. Such a rewarding experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am truly honored to be a volunteer at Operation Troop Appreciation. All of the volunteers work as a true team. I love working with the Welcome Home Program to make our Veterans homes as great as our vets are to us.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely incredible support to deployed military members. While every care package/letter received is great, a lot of the guys don't have families back home helping them get through this. Operation Troop Appreciation meets specific needs identified by the military member. At some camps you can get just about everything needed, at others--many everyday items are in short supply or never available. OTA goes out of their way to hunt it down and get it to us. That kind of personalized support is something you'd normally only get from family. For many, it is the little things that go a long way toward making the time away from home bearable. Thank you and please keep up the great work--your Operation is definitely Appreciated by the Troops!

Col Bruce Munger
Camp RS, Kabul

Client Served

Rating: 5

This review is in regards to my experience with Operation Troop Appreciation.
I am a First Sergeant for a large unit here in Afghanistan. I reached out to these great folks through the internet because I wanted to provide my unit goodies that can appreciate while deployed. They sent out great boxes of things to include Little Debbie Snack cakes, popcorn, candy, beef jerkey and other great items the folks enjoyed. They are a great company that included pics and cards as well. The guys/gals loved it and I sent them pics of them opening their boxes. What a great company, if I could give them 6 starts I would.
Thanks for your support of us Airman deployed in Afghanistan !
God Bless

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation has served our unit, of over 350 personnel. The generous supports have mailed many care packages and letters of encouragement to all of us. We greatly appreciate all of the support they have given us. The kind gestures from all of their volunteers are greatly appreciated and we look forward to their continued support during the remainder of our time here.. From all of us serving overseas we thank you so very much.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was deployed in a unit with 18 soldiers. Operation Troop Appreciation sent us Christmas care packages which had a hugely positive effect on the group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience. Some people don't consider South Korea a deployment but our brigade was the first brigade to go over as a rotational brigade. To the Soldiers of my battalion, it was a deployment. Everything Operation Troop Appreciation sent was well received and greatly appreciated. All of us are a long way from home but Operation Troop Appreciation made home seem a little bit closer. Thank you all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are in a SMALL area with very limited resources. BX is a tent so that should tell you something. We reached out to Operation Troop Appreciation and received and overwhelming response. Ms. Kristen Holloway Querriera responded to all of my emails, asked us what we needed/wanted and within a week we were receiving all kinds of support, from hygiene to morale items. On behalf of our Men and Women serving away from home I want to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH! It is SO GOOD to know that there are folks that support us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation,

We are very grateful for such an impacting gesture this was! Having something that gives us a little ambiance of being back home definitely helps us get through the days and certainly a morale boost during our down time. All of the requested items from our "wish list" continues to be put to good use almost on a daily basis! If we could include pictures, you would most definitely see the gratitude from the expressions on our faces. It means a lot to have and see support such as yours because some days it can get rough and to know we have others looking out for us who we don't even know is a true blessing. Being considered a hero brings a big smile to our faces, as we are honored and humbled at the same time. This is a job for us, but one in which we hold very dear because we do it for those we help protect and the freedom we have as a country. God willing, we shall be safely on our way home in no time! Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am the Operations NCO for my unit and had requested some support to build the morale of my soldiers. Kristen was more than willing to assist my soldiers by giving them care packages. It truly motivated my soldiers to try harder even though the work load seemed to get worse. The care packages made them realize that people do care and do appreciate what we do day in day out. It definitely was a game changer for my unit's deployment.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are personalized and really, truly want to help families and soldiers! Great experience working with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OTA is an outstanding non-profit organization. They really go out of their way to show they care! They have been a pleasure to work with and I know troops worldwide appreciate what they do.

Bryce3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This AWSESOME group sent the S-3 section of our organization an XBOX360 and some games. They also sent much needed hygiene supplies and tan Under Armor shirts. We enjoyed the gaming system as a break during our 12 hour 7 day a week deployment. We also made good use out of the supplements that were sent. A great organization for deployed soldiers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The items sent by OTA provided Airmen with some much needed hygiene products that are hard to get at our location. Familiar snacks from home and especially the packs of gum were a huge hit! The coffee and, sugar and creamer are awesome!!!! THANKS OTA!

2 Rafael6

Client Served

Rating: 5

There has been a lot of organizations, and I can truly say that OTA is one of the best out there. I would love to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. When I received the items they sent us I mentioned that I had a female soldier with me and when I received the boxes it had stuff in there for both male and female soldiers. Any Organization that helps Soldiers in these hard time will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you so much for all you do.
SSG Ojeda, US Army

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I second that motion - OTA is certainly Pittsburgh's top rated Non profit. Our organization, Daughters of the American Revolution, are always looking for ways to help them in their efforts to help especially the homeless female veterans, but all veterans also. They are a place where veterans can ALWAYS turn to for help with nothing asked for in return. Their leaders have huge hearts for those in need and are tireless workers to serve our
military. God Bless the OTA AND ESPECIALLY THEIR LEADERS!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the only organization with which I have volunteered that passes almost every penny collected to the veterans. The group is totally volunteer-led and has very low administrative costs versus other organizations that pay hefty salaries to their leaders. Operation Troop Appreciation supports both deployed troops and returning veterans and their energy level and devotion to helping service men and women is truly impressive. I'm very proud to serve a small role in this group.

2 Kay_29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just begun serving at OTA and I am thrilled to be able to do something to help our troops. I learned about OTA from my friend who has been working for OTA from its inception. I am very impressed with all that I have learned so far. Everyone gives 100% for our troops. I would definitely give them a 5 star rating.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I give this organization a 5 Star Rating. They are an amazing organization and have been fully supportive of all of our needs as deployed Soldiers. We really appreciate this organization and would recommend them to anyone. Thanks again to Kristen Holloway and Operation Troop Appreciation

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) was an awesome Moral booster during my first deployment. I would personally want to thank every last sponsor in this program on behalf of my entire Battalion. We will never ever be able to truly repay you for your kind gesture and words cannot even describe how you have changed our lives. Thank you for being such a wonderful organization and for reaching out to us all the way on the other side of the world.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

OTA through Kriten Holloway supported my husbands troop in Afghanistan for the last six months. January-August 2015.
This organization was eafer to help and wven asked for special requests. They sent everything on the list and more. Many soldiers have needs like allergy free foods and as expensive as they are they sent it all!
Thank ya'll so much for the support it was truly appreciated!

-Bradbury