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I want to take a moment to share how Operation Troop Appreciation is responding to COVID-19 and how we are trying to help. Below is our current service list, which is subject to change, as our funding and resources will be greatly impacted in the coming weeks.

As a 100% volunteer charity, we do not qualify for Federal PPP funding, and many of our requests for emergency COVID-19 relief grants have been denied.  We are in great need of monetary and in-kind donations to continue our good work.  Over 1/2 of our annual funding comes from generous donors like you!

During the COVID-19 crisis OTA is providing the following focused Services – until the crisis has passed:

  • Non-perishable food boxes to first responders, military and veterans in critical need
  • Care boxes with mixed hygiene, treats and miscellaneous items
  • Disinfecting cleaning supplies to first responders, military and veterans in our community
  • Transportation to doctor appointments and other critical needs
  • Veteran Welcome Home Kits – while supplies last and/or can be obtained
  • Active-Duty Wish-List Requests – while supplies last and/or can be obtained

At present we are unable to continue our bed service, as our provider is considered a “non-essential” business and is closed until the Governor order is lifted.  We are maintaining a backlog of bed orders and all will be submitted immediately when our vendor opens for business.

We appreciate your support!  If you are able, please click on the Donate Now button and give what you can, no amount is too small, and every penney makes a difference in the lives of the troops and veterans we serve.

Thank you,

Monica Orluk, CEO/Executive Director

We have been informed that OTA is on the PA essential business list. As a result, we are operating; however our operations are limited as follows:

We cannot provide beds as our supplier is NOT on the essential business list and is closed indefinitely.

We are providing Welcome Home Kits as long as our supplies last. Unfortunately, donations have crawled to a halt, so we are monitoring our resources through this crisis. Donations are greatly appreciated, if you’re in a position to help! We will provide updates if our status and ability to continue this program changes.

Our transportation service is running as normal so our veterans can get to critical doctor appointments and other essential services. Again, we will continue to offer this service as long as we are financially able to do so.

Our active-duty program is up and running. Additionally, we are currently working with local contacts at the PA National Guard and reserve to assist those that may be activated in Western PA.

We are working with a skeleton crew so we can adhere to safe practices while we’re open.

We continue to pray for a quick resolution to this crisis. Be safe and thank you for your support!

OTA CEO Monica Orluk was invited to present Operation Troop Appreciation and the good work we do on a recent episode of “Comcast Newsmakers”.  Comcast customers can find it on Xfinity On Demand – in the Get Local or Local Services section.  They can also say “Comcast Newsmakers” into their X1 Voice Remote to view it.  Those who don’t have Comcast can view the episode by clicking here

Check out these photos of the filming session!

There is never a shortage of packages that need to be sent overseas to our troops and November 2nd, OTA will have 5,000 care packages to send to our troops overseas!  Operation Reachout is a program GBU started 12 years age that has been growing every year.  Last year, they sent 2,200 boxes to our deployed troops and set a goal to more than double that effort in 2019.  As OTA has been providing support to our troops for 15 years, has a logistical process to accommodate large-scale projects, and is only a few miles away from GBU, they found a great way to combine efforts to achieve that goal!  Over 200 volunteers will participate in the program.  Click on the link below to learn more about Operation Reachout on KDKA TV’s Pittsburgh Today Live Show!

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/program/750/4202616-operation-reach-out/

 

We are excited to have made the Top 10 list of Military/Veteran non-profits!  In fact, we’re #2 on the list!  With over 7,000 military/veteran non-profits in America, this recognition let’s our donors know they can trust OTA to use their donations for our programs, not to line our pockets!  Thank you to Greatnonprofits.org for providing a platform for our volunteers, donors and those we serve to share their OTA experience.  Check out the list here:

https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/nonprofit-organization-for-veterans.html

 

Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and all who participated in this year’s event!  We raised $3,500 for our troops and veterans!  Over 100 people attended, the weather was beautiful and we had a great time supporting our troops and veterans.  Special thanks to Sherry Einhaus, our Community Projects & Events Coordinator, who put together a great event.  And to the Zodiac MC who took care of the ride route and made sure everyone was safe along the way.

You can now register for our 3rd Annual OTA Motorcycle Run for the Troops on August 14, 2019 and our 14th Annual Veterans Day 5K Race!  Links to register can be found in each event under our Calender of Events.  Sign up today to support our troops and veterans!

Operation Troop Appreciation is proud to be part of this wonderful project, providing housing for female veterans! We are supplying all the household items needed for the residents of Robin’s home, including bedding for the beds, and everything they need to cook, clean and live comfortably in this beautiful home!

Click the link to read all about this wonderful project:

http://www.butlereagle.com/article/20190614/NEWS20/706149851?fbclid=IwAR0LKrxxxjGOSWcOpdYzEQ_GpDt8Qc-SCXGUw1uQg9M-pjKSiC3hyJkSzYE

 

We are honored to be the recipient of a special corporate executive sponsored grant of $5,000 from the EQT Foundation. THANK YOU for being committed to our courageous!

OTA CEO, Monica Orluk had the honor of being the Principal Speaker at Memorial Day Services held at the Calvary Cemetery, The Run War Memorial and the Hazelwood War Memorial in Pittsburgh PA.  Monica was joined by Allegheny County Commissioner, Rich Fitszgerald, State Representative Dan Frankel and City Councilman Cory O’Connor.  Invited by the members of VFW Post 274, Monica spoke as a representive of the very Americans our brave heroes died for.  Her poignant thoughts included a challenge to all in attendance to honor their service by giving to others, using their gifts and talents for good and being the best Americans they can be.  She closed her speech by reciting a quote sent to her “The most expensive thing you own is your Freedom.  Even if you didn’t pay for it”.  Thank you to all those who attended these special events!

 

 

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