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Operation Interdependence

 2695 Patterson Road, Unit 2- 147
 Grand Junction, CO 81506
[P] (970) 523-4217
[F] (970) 523-4217
www.oidelivers.org
[email protected]
Karon Carley
FOUNDED: 2001
INCORPORATED: 2001
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Organization DBA Operation Interdependence Inc.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 42-1566882 00001

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Operation Interdependence provides a unique and efficient Civilian-to-Military Delivery System(R)delivering care from civilians at home in the form of C-rats, individual baggies each containing a personal note and some goodies from home that they miss. OI volunteers pack and ship 25 care packages per large flat rate box, enough for an entire platoon with no one left out. Enough boxes are sent so that at mail call everyone in the unit gets a package. For many, it's the only communication from home they receive. For the civilians at home OI provides a means to communicate their support to the troops efficiently, working with the military delivery system, so the public has a means to communicate their thoughts and well wishes to those deployed overseas on their behalf. Our secondary mission to help the families left and home and our veteran's. 

Mission Statement

Operation Interdependence provides a unique and efficient Civilian-to-Military Delivery System(R)delivering care from civilians at home in the form of C-rats, individual baggies each containing a personal note and some goodies from home that they miss. OI volunteers pack and ship 25 care packages per large flat rate box, enough for an entire platoon with no one left out. Enough boxes are sent so that at mail call everyone in the unit gets a package. For many, it's the only communication from home they receive. For the civilians at home OI provides a means to communicate their support to the troops efficiently, working with the military delivery system, so the public has a means to communicate their thoughts and well wishes to those deployed overseas on their behalf. Our secondary mission to help the families left and home and our veteran's. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $130,000.00
Projected Revenue $130,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Operation Interdependence

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Operation Interdependence provides a unique and efficient Civilian-to-Military Delivery System(R)delivering care from civilians at home in the form of C-rats, individual baggies each containing a personal note and some goodies from home that they miss. OI volunteers pack and ship 25 care packages per large flat rate box, enough for an entire platoon with no one left out. Enough boxes are sent so that at mail call everyone in the unit gets a package. For many, it's the only communication from home they receive. For the civilians at home OI provides a means to communicate their support to the troops efficiently, working with the military delivery system, so the public has a means to communicate their thoughts and well wishes to those deployed overseas on their behalf. Our secondary mission to help the families left and home and our veteran's. 

Background Statement

Founded by a retired Marine in San Diego who saw how bogged down  the military mail system was. He devised a way to send to commanders in boxes of 25 comfort bags, each enough for everyone in the unit. Leaving out no one. For many it is the only communication they receive from home. Many of the deployed being 17 to 20 years of age and put into positions that should belong to more senior people. These packages are important to help build their morale, and help them through hard times. Several have told us how important the gifts and more so the notes from home are to them all.   

Impact Statement

  • One volunteer works at Disneyland and receives volunteer hours plus a grant for funds.
  • Volunteers attend conventions around the  nation as well as in state for products such as snacks, sweets, and non-food items.
  • Grant money donated from companies around the nation
  • We also receive  packages from two law offices in Chicago and Washington DC. and caring citizens around the nation. 
  • Women's Magazine article asking for "drink mixes" "tuna packs" and "Slim Jim's"  for the troops have garnered boxes from all over the nation with as many as 500 packages to a box, as well as thousands of packs of instant oatmeal.
  • Lockheed Martin in California and Colorado will be packing and giving OI a grant this year a well
 
 

Needs Statement

  • 20,000 notes a month are needed so each civilian ration has a letter of support from a stranger.
  • Volunteers are always needed to hold events, collect products and most of all pack baggies several times a month.
  • Hygiene such as travel size items  are always needed as well as eye drops, and in the winter handwarmers. However, mouthwash and hand/body wipes aren't allowed because of what could be in them 
  • Also needed are food products, including drink mixes, snack bars, cookies etc. We don't send books however, local magazines and newspaper comics are sent as well as  handheld games and small balls (nerf) are always welcome.
  • And most important are the funds that range up to $9,000 a month for the postage, tape, paper for our postage labels and ink for printing.

CEO Statement

Our organization is different from most in the way we ship, allowing more troops to receive packages from home every month. Even though we are a national organization each unit stands alone to collect products, letters, and most of their postage funds. Yet when invited to conventions where lots of funds and/or products are donated we share with the units that need them most. We all work together for one cause, Supporting our deployed around the world. All volunteers do so because of their love for our military and country. OI is 100% volunteer no one receive a salary. When we need items not donated we purchase with our own money
 

Board Chair Statement

As president all the units  are important to me, and at times can be a challenge from needing products, funds, or buildings to work from. Most days I spend up to 12 hours a day 7 days a week, including many hours on the computer making sure all units are running smooth or helping with their problems. Looking for conventions to attend, and ways to raise funds and products.  When I started with OI it was to write notes, nearly 10 years ago. I was shortly asked along with my, now deceased husband to take over as Colorado State Manager, and placed on the board of directors. About 6 years ago was asked to take over as the current president had to resign for personal reasons. I said, only until you can find someone to take my place. Here I am 6 years later still president as the board and volunteers are happy with what I do; and have the time to do what is required. 90% of the volunteers work full time jobs and I'm retired. I enjoy what I do and look forward to continuing with OI for as many years as I can in anyway I can. I come from a military family dating back to WW1 and through the present time with two granddaughters in the service. Our military is my passion and given the chance I will talk about OI to anyone and everyone that will listen; getting many to help out even if one time or becoming involved on a monthly basis. Some even become so involved they become managers in other areas/states.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

People can donate by sending a check, donate on our website, at events donate cash, and also provide in-kind donations. All citizens are welcome to volunteer from writing notes, collecting products, holding an event for products or funds, help pack civilian rations

Geographic Area Served

Throughout the United States
Central Orange County
North Orange County
South Orange County
We are a nation-wide organization that ships to deployed troops from Orange County, Anaheim,.  LA, Malibu, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel,  Gilroy CA., Grand Junction, and  Loveland  Colorado,  Tarpon Springs and Ft. Meyers  Florida, and  Greensboro PA.  Coming next month in W. VA. and before the end of the year in San Antonio Texas  

Organization Categories

  1. Public & Societal Benefit - Military/Veterans' Organizations
  2. Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief -
  3. Unknown - Unknown

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Programs


Operation Interdependence

Providing a means for the American public including people and units in Anaheim, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point to support and serve our troops deployed overseas, their families, military personnel at home and our veterans without impacting resources . A major part of this support being to coordinate the public, our volunteers, corporations, other organizations and the media in an interdependent effort to create Civilian Rations,  each containing a personal note and some goodies from home. . With OI nothing is wasted, and items that do not meet OI shipping standards are given to military families and our veterans including bases in California . Such donations represent 40% of OI's total distribution. Our current monthly reach is equivalent to 20,000 C-rats delivered. .   
Budget  $80,000.00
Category  Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Community Service
Population Served US& International US& International US& International
Program Short-Term Success 
this program is monthly and on going to support our deployed not only in war zones but around the world. Each unit monthly ships the boxes they have put together in Anaheim with the help of volunteers in Laguna Niguel, and Dana Point along with the other units around the nation.
Program Long-Term Success  Delivered over 2 milliion Civilian Rations (C-rats) to deployed forces without impacting resources.
Program Success Monitored By 
We know this is a success as not only do we ship up to 20,000 deployed each month we hear back from commanders about how much they appreciate our efforts to keep up their morale and new commanders contact us as they are deployed
Examples of Program Success 
Commanders email and write that our efforts help build morale with the deployed military, it is like Christmas for them once a month.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Karon Carley
CEO Term Start Apr 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Moving up through the ranks with the organization, as well has working in the private sector and public many years ago.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs Vicki Nixon Apr 2005 Apr 2008
Mrs Jane Alexander Apr --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1,001
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 1,001
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified 1,001

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

Operation Interdependence is a 100% volunteer organization no salaries are paid, leaving all funds collected for postage and minor expenses such as tape, ink cartridges, paper, utilities and insurance  There are no dues nor are we part of any other organization. Anyone can volunteer no matter their age, race, experience status in the community and more. 

Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mrs Karon Carley
Board Chair Company Affiliation National President
Board Chair Term Jan 2008 -
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Agar Yanulaytis
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Vice President
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Karon Carley Institutional Affiliation Voting
Rita Hunter Board Member Voting
Mrs. Shina Kean Board Member Voting
Mr. Wayne Kean Board Member Voting
Mitzi Kenyon Institutional Affiliation Voting
Mr. Lee Morrison Board Memer Voting
Agar Yanulaytis Institutional Affiliation Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Being a national yet small organization we try to get on the board citizens from around the nation. The reason we have board members in Florida as well as California and Colorado. Our bylaws allow us to also keep board members after their terms are up is no one else is interested in becoming a member at the time of renewal. Everyone on the board is excellent in this area and others see no need to replace any standing board member. 

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $130,000.00
Projected Expenses $130,000.00
Form 990s

2017 990EZ

2016 990EZ

2015 990EZ

2014 990

2013 Form 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $40,446 $69,564 $57,994
Total Expenses $56,748 $58,446 $62,397

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$7,500 $69,564 $56,670
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $32,946 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $1,324
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $40,446 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $47,070 $50,845 $51,453
Administration Expense $9,678 $7,601 $10,944
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates $56,748 -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.71 1.19 0.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 87% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $231,844 $248,146 $237,028
Current Assets $231,844 $248,146 $237,028
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $231,844 $248,146 $237,028

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) 0%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal $120,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2017 - Dec 2017
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $25,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

OI's 990  for 2017 hasn't been finalized or filed at this time.  We are all volunteers spending our own money when needed to help keep the military supported. We don't get help from the government or have help from other organizations. 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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