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Operation Troop Appreciation

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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 163,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that 95 cents of every dollar is 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: Pittsburgh, PA

Programs: Sponsor A Unit Collection Drive Welcome Home Kits

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

John H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of this program at one of my Rotary meetings last year. I immediately knew this was a great organization, expecially because they send over SPECIFIC items a Unit, Battalion, or other troops need. I think that is an amazing feat to undertake, and OTA has done a stellar job at doing so. Kudos to Kristen and her team! Thank you for all you do!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a small part of this outstanding organization. Operation Troop Appreciation is one of the most generous organizations I have ever been in contact with. We are all volunteers ... as the 98.5% donation from every dollar donated proves. I know the troops that we supply are grateful ... but the satisfaction felt by our volunteers is not something that I can express.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OTA is the best volunteer organization I have worked with and has one purpose - support our brave troops. My sons at a young age wrote letters to the troops through OTA and learned first hand what this means to the men and women serving our great country. The wish lists filled by OTA for our troops is amazing. What a great organization run by a great group of dedicated individuals!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering for about 3 or 4 years. It is such a good feeling being a part of OTA. I think Kristen Querriera is so caring and just a wonderful person.

We volunteer at the mall at around Thanksgiving and I love to hear some of the stories people have about family/friends that are in the military....especially how excited there are when they are coming home.

I hope to be a part of OTA for many years to come.

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Taryn J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OTA is an amazing selfless organization that has helped thousands and thousands of troops overseas. Care packages, exercise equipment, Christmas cards and something as simple as letters of encouragement from OTA have helped so many overseas far away from home. This is an amazing organization that has very little overhead.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization - our armed services men and women really feel appreciated and loved through their efforts. Amazing and I am proud to be a volunteer even in a small way. :)

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Tricia S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen the amazing work OTA dose for our brave men and women. The troops that they have help have sent those touching letters of thanks. I have been volunteering with charity for two years now. This organization has not just helped the troops but helped me see that there are true wonderful people in the world that really want to help our fellow man. I am proud to part of OTA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) is a 100% volunteer organization that support deployed members of the military. It's 98.5% efficiency rating means you know exactly where your money is going- to the brave men & women protecting us! I have volunteered for OTA for about 2 years now, and it has been a fantastic experience. You know you are making a difference in every box you pack and every Thank you card you have signed for a soldier. It is so personally satisfying that it almost doesn't feel like you are volunteering! I have had the opportunity to meet the Officers and Board Members of OTA, and their heartfelt and unwavering dedication to our men & women of the Armed Forces is inspiring. They throw their hearts into this organization- and it shows! They set the example for the volunteers. There is no task too big or too menial they will not tackle with a smile. What OTA has accomplished in almost 7 years as a 501c3 is amazing- over 80,000 deployed soldiers have been granted "wish list" items. I know as long as we have soldiers deployed overseas, OTA will be there to serve them and honor their sacrifice.

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