Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. Working with grass-roots partners on the ground, we provide material and financial assistance necessary in the face of a disaster. Dedicated to rebuilding with commitment and listening to communities’ voices to determine the best way to assist them, we stay in the field long after many others leave.
In May 2013, when devastating tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City area, we sprang to action to aid those affected – identifying local organizations demonstrating needs that we were able to alleviate. Our CEO, Richard Walden, and logistics staffer, Lloyd Rae, traveled to Oklahoma shortly after the tornadoes to survey damage and assess needs on the ground. As a result of that trip, we’ve partnered with several Oklahoma-based charities to provide funding in the form of grants, and to provide relief in the form of in-kind donations from our corporate partners.
- Community Health Centers was granted $13,500 to refurbish flooring damaged in the tornadoes, and received two electric generators valued at $4,500.
- Calm Waters Center for Children and Families was granted $10,000 to deploy mental health professionals to help children and families affected by the tornadoes.
- Central Oklahoma Family Health Center received two electric generators valued at $4,500
- Team Rubicon received disease management kits, safety breathing kits, various medical supplies and electric generators valued at $16,000 for disbursement in Oklahoma
We are very grateful to our friends at We-Care.com for their generous donation of $1,113.06 which contributed the success of our tornado relief efforts and provided much-needed assistance for tornado victims.