By Dylan Nord
This guest post comes to you from our friends at We-Care.com.
In February, we at We-Care.com made the decision to feature Operation USA as our Cause of the Month. Throughout the month, we’ve highlighted all the amazing work that Operation USA has done and continues to do. As the month comes to a close, we wanted to take an opportunity to tell you a bit more about what is possible through We-Care.com, so that we can continue to generate donations together for this great cause and help communities in need when disasters strike.
Think back on the last time you bought something online. Was it in the last year? Month? Week? Shopping online used to just be for those hard to find items. It was either for those few tech-savvy people, or it was for those people in rural Illinois to get that special edition Star Trek collectible without traveling to Chicago (We love Star Trek!). Now, shopping online is something most of us do without thinking twice. The prevalence of online stores, competitive prices, and convenient shipping has made online shopping something most of us do, but now you’ve got another reason to shop online—supporting Operation USA.
We-Care.com is proud to partner with Operation USA to allow their supporters to earn donations anytime they shop online. It’s fun, easy, and free. That’s right: it won’t cost you a dime. Just go through We-Care.com and shop at any of the 2,700 partnered merchants, and you’ll have a portion of your purchase returned to Operation USA as a donation! Login to your We-Care.com account to track your donations, see where you’ve been earning donations, and find other ways to support your cause.
Click HERE to get started.
Dylan Nord works with nonprofits to maximize fundraising through We-Care.com. Working with partners like the ASPCA, the National Autism Association, Save the Children, Operation USA and Clean Water Action, Dylan has helped supporters raise over $5 million dollars through We-Care.com. Dylan believes that small deeds can add up, that we all have a responsibility to do good, and that technology is creating collaboration that will change the world. Dylan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Follow Dylan on Twitter, @dylannord.
Meet the faces of our organization! Our new Staff Profile blog series will introduce you to the people behind Operation USA. Check back every few weeks for new updates. This week, get to know our Office Administrator, Laetitia Rwiyegura.
Laetitia with her son at a National Honor Society ceremony in 2012
HOMETOWN: Torrance, CA (Originally Kigali, Rwanda)
WORKING AT OPUSA SINCE: August, 2011
TITLE: Office Administrator
PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS: My duties include making sure that all collected donations are properly recorded, making sure we are in good standing with all our vendors & suppliers, paying bills, and trying to keep our office a pleasant place to work for our entire team!
BEFORE OPUSA I WAS: Working in the travel industry for 16 years
WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT OPUSA: We are a small team; it makes it easy for everybody to get along. The work we do is amazing, and we cannot thank our supporters enough for allowing us to help those in need.
CAUSES I CARE ABOUT: Feeding the hungry, educating the youth and lending a hand to the elderly.
MY BEST OPUSA MEMORY: When Operation USA got involved in helping the Rwandan community during the genocide of 1994 (though I was not working at OPUSA then).
IF I COULD SIT DOWN FOR DINNER WITH ANYONE IT WOULD BE: My Mom
BECAUSE: I was separated from her at a very young age, due to circumstances in Rwanda at that time. I feel like she missed seeing me growing up, she missed me becoming a teenager, an adult and a Mom myself as she passed away a few years ago! There are unfinished conversations. I would love to tell her about my son, how I raised him, and how, he now makes me proud to be a mom.
THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME:
1. I need to sleep more than 10 hours a night to be able to function!
2. I hate chocolate (with passion)
3. I love cooking, dancing and reading.
4. I always drive in the same lanes (do not like to change)
5. I am addicted to tea & TV!
ON WEEKENDS YOU CAN FIND ME: Trying new recipes or walking at the beach.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.” -George Jean Nathan
World Thinking Day was established in 1926. It is in honor of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, and Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide of the Girl Guide/Girl Scout Movement, whose birthdays were both on February 22nd. It is a day when Girl Scouts think of other members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. In 1947, the year this postcard was published, Girl Scouts were engaged in helping their fellow Scouts in the aftermath of World War II. Programs included Schoolmates Overseas, in which girls would pack international friendship bags filled with school supplies for their sisters in scouting, and making Girl Scouting accessible for displaced persons internationally.
We are extremely proud of the great work Girl Scouts do in their communities with the money they earn from selling cookies, and we will continue to deliver the mission of Girl Scouting—to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place—to girls and women of every background in the United States.