Mission: Operation Homefront (OH) mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they have worked so hard to protect.
Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:
Emergency home repairs
Critical baby items: formula, food and diapers
Home and appliance repair
Furniture and household items
Local moving assistance
Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing
Results: Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided more than $128 million dollars of funding to programs to benefit military families.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, Operation Homefront provided $4.2 million in emergency assistance to 2,300 military, veteran and wounded warrior families.
Programs: Operation homefront assists military families coping with deployment and injury recovery as they struggle with unforeseen budget challenges. The most common types of need are for rent/mortgage assistance, home repair, food and utilities. Transitional housing and permanent mortgage-free home programs help military families reduce debt and achieve greater stability for the future. Family support activities address the inherent challenges of military life through programs designed to sustain, uplift and transform.
Professional with expertise in this field
Operation Homefront is by far one of the best charities serving military service members, wounded warriors and their families. Not only have they committed 94% of every dollar earned to programs benefiting military families, they have programs that truly make a difference in the lives of those they serve.
This is furthered by wonderful, dedicated staff, volunteers, and donors who often go above and beyond the call of duty in meeting the unique needs of those they serve. These people care and share a deep commitment to the military community to which they serve.
There’s a reason they have a top ratings; 4-Stars by Charity Navigator; •“A” Rating by the American Institute of Philanthropy’s Charity Watch; and •“A” Rating by the Better Business Bureau.
As a professional in the nonprofit human services arena, I know a lot about these types of organizations and am very impressed with this one. They provide amazing support to military families and am happy to be associated with them.
This is an organization with a great mission, but a serious need to professionalize itself. Specific goals should be:
- Building stronger chapter relationships.
- High ethical standards among top levels in the organization.
- Better organization and project planning.
- More structured relationships with donors.
- More emphasis on cash versus in-kind contributions.