OPERATION SECOND CHANCE EARNS COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR

OPERATION SECOND CHANCE EARNS

COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR

Press Release: For Immediate Release

Germantown, MD April 12, 2017 –OPERATION SECOND CHANCE’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the first time that OPERATION SECOND CHANCE has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.  On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.

OPERATION SECOND CHANCE’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds OPERATION SECOND CHANCE, to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support “OPERATION SECOND CHANCE, INC.”

  “It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish our mission to best support our wounded, injured and ill veterans and their families, said Cindy McGrew, President and CEO.  Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

OPERATION SECOND CHANCE’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.   More-detailed information about OPERATION SECOND CHANCE’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

About OPERATION SECOND CHANCE:

“We are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat Veterans. We support Veterans and their families by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.”

Ride Allegheny Sets Off to Raise Money for Veterans

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For Immediate Release                                     September 29, 2016

Contacts: Clark Wagner (301.512.5337) and Tim Sanders (949.391.0132)

Ride Allegheny celebrates $2 million in funds raised for veterans’ charity

Helping Operation Second Chance to provide emergency assistance to wounded, injured, and ill combat veterans.

PITTSBURGH, PA- On September, 29th over 100 bicyclists will begin a 4 day, 310 mile, journey from Pittsburgh, PA to Gaithersburg, MD, raising money for wounded veterans.  The group is Ride Allegheny, and their mission for the past 12 years has been to fundraise for the non-profit organization Operation Second Chance and to help our nation’s wounded heroes.  This year, however, marks a milestone for these dedicated cyclists, having brought in over $2 million dollars for the veteran service organization since 2005.

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Cindy McGrew (second from right), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance, and Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny (right) discuss this year’s ride on WUSA9, Great Day.

Because of Ride Allegheny’s continued support, Operation Second Chance has been able to provide emergency financial assistance to thousands of wounded veterans throughout the United States.  During a time of great strain within the Department of Veteran Affairs, it’s organizations like Operation Second Chance who bridge the gap for these brave veterans until they are able to receive their retirement benefits.  “Some of these wounded heroes are waiting up to 9 months before they receive their first retirement check,” says Cindy McGrew, President and Founder of Operation Second Chance.  “While they are waiting, unable to work because of their injuries, many veterans find themselves facing eviction or utility cut off.  That is where Operation Second Chance comes in – and we wouldn’t be able to provide for them without great partners like Ride Allegheny.

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Cindy McGrew (left), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance and Ride Allegheny’s Marketing Coordinator, Peter Hinz (right) cross the finish line in 2015 at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, MD.

“We ride because of the [veteran’s] sacrifices,” Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny said.  “When we heard about this non-profit supporting veterans in our area, we knew we had to partner with them and raise money for their cause; twelve years, and $2 million later, we couldn’t be happier with all that we have accomplished together,” he continued.

On September 29, 2016 the riders will meet in Pittsburgh to start the first 69 mile leg of their journey to Ohiopyle, PA; the four day ride will eventually lead them through 23 towns and cities until they reach the finish line in Gaithersburg, MD.

 

To learn more about Ride Allegheny, you can view their website at RideAllegheny.org or contact Clark Wagner at clarkwags@gmail.com for additional information. If you are interested in learning more about the non-profit they support, or ways that you can help our nation’s wounded heroes, go to OperationSecondChance.org.

Ride Allegheny Crosses the Finish Line with $2 Million Donated to Veterans

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For Immediate Release                                     October 2, 2016

Contacts: Clark Wagner (301.512.5337) and Tim Sanders (949.391.0132)

Ride Allegheny celebrates $2 million in funds raised for veterans’ charity

Helping Operation Second Chance to provide emergency assistance to wounded, injured, and ill combat veterans.

GAITHERSBURG, MD        – On October 2, 2016 over 100 bicyclists will cross the finish line after a 4 day, 310 mile, bicycle ride from Pittsburgh, PA to Gaithersburg, MD raising money for wounded veterans.  The group is Ride Allegheny, and their mission for the past 12 years has been to fundraise for the non-profit organization Operation Second Chance and to help our nation’s wounded heroes.  This year, however, marks a milestone for these dedicated cyclists, having brought in over $2 million dollars for the veteran service organization since 2005.

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Cindy McGrew (second from right), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance, and Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny (right) discuss this year’s ride on WUSA9, Great Day.

Because of Ride Allegheny’s continued support, Operation Second Chance has been able to provide emergency financial assistance to thousands of wounded veterans throughout the United States.  During a time of great strain within the Department of Veteran Affairs, it’s organizations like Operation Second Chance who bridge the gap for these brave veterans until they are able to receive their retirement benefits.  “Some of these wounded heroes are waiting up to 9 months before they receive their first retirement check,” says Cindy McGrew, President and Founder of Operation Second Chance.  “While they are waiting, unable to work because of their injuries, many veterans find themselves facing eviction or utility cut off.  That is where Operation Second Chance comes in – and we wouldn’t be able to provide for them without great partners like Ride Allegheny.

“We ride because of the [veteran’s] sacrifices,” Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny said.  “When we heard about this non-profit supporting veterans in our area, we knew we had to partner with them and raise money for their cause; twelve years, and $2 million later, we couldn’t be happier with all that we have accomplished together,” he continued.

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Cindy McGrew (left), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance and Ride Allegheny’s Marketing Coordinator, Peter Hinz (right) cross the finish line in 2015 at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, MD.

On September 29, 2016 the riders will meet in Pittsburgh to start the first 69 mile leg of their journey to Ohiopyle, PA; the four day ride will eventually lead them through 23 towns and cities until they reach the finish line in Gaithersburg, MD.

To learn more about Ride Allegheny, you can view their website at RideAllegheny.org or contact Clark Wagner at clarkwags@gmail.com for additional information.   If you are interested in learning more about the non-profit they support, or ways that you can help our nation’s wounded heroes, go to OperationSecondChance.org.

 

Operation Second Chance gets a visit from Congressman Delaney

 For Immediate Release                                              April 18, 2016

Contacts: Cindy McGrew & Vanessa Toner 301-972-1080

 

Operation Second Chance gets a visit from Congressman Delaney

Congressman John Delaney stopped by the Operation Second Chance office to learn more about how he can help our nation’s injured veterans.

GERMANTOWN, MD, April 18, 2016— Since 2004 Operation Second Chance, a non-profit organization based in Germantown, MD, has worked tirelessly to provide emergency financial assistance and morale boosting retreats and activities to wounded, injured, and ill post 9/11 combat veterans and their families.  Its President and Founder, Cindy McGrew, saw the need for a ‘grassroots’ organization that would never lose sight of the goal to provide relief for the men and women of our armed forces who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom.

Nearly twelve years after its inception, Operation Second Chance (OSC) continues to grow.  With the help of community leaders, corporate sponsors, and generous donors, OSC has been able to provide over three million dollars in financial support to wounded veterans.  Through the years, the Operation Second Chance Advisory Board has stood by Cindy to find new ways to garner donations without succumbing to the costly pitfalls of advertisements.  Ensuring that OSC’s overhead remains at 10%, advisory board members like Tom Plant (Paul Davis Restoration), Clark Wagner (Ride Allegheny), Bud Otis (Frederick County Council President), and others have proudly kept to the grassroots mentality and helped share the mission, one person at a time.  Business owners such as Mark Matan (of Matan Inc. a commercial real estate investment firm) have also helped Operation Second Chance to maintain a low overhead by donating the office suite from which they operate daily.

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The Congressman’s Visit to Operation Second Chance.  In this photo from left, Walt Ellenberger , Clark Wagner, Congressman Delaney, Cindy McGrew, Tom Plant, Bud Otis, Howard Goldberg, Mark Matan. (Photo taken by Christopher Enders)

“We thought, ‘who better to help tell our story than the congressman over the district where we are headquartered in,” Mr. Plant stated.  Within days of inviting Congressman Delaney to the office, a date was marked on the calendar, and the congressman was excited to learn how OSC has operated with such low overhead all these years.

Members from Ride Allegheny, a group of cyclists who ride 310 miles from Pittsburgh, PA to Gaithersburg, MD to raise funds for OSC, joined the meeting to tell their story of how they got involved with Cindy.  “We started off as a group of neighborhood guys who just wanted to ride, but we realized there was so much more we could do,” said Clark Wagner, “last year we raised $450,000 dollars for Operation Second Chance.”

Upon hearing that “neighborhood guys” brought in $450,000 dollars in donations, the Congressman jumped in on the conversation, eager to learn more of the unique ways Operation Second Chance has received donations for American Veterans.  As the meeting concluded, Congressman Delaney was excited to have had the chance to meet the Operation Second Chance team, as well as the Advisory Board, and offered his commitment to help further the cause.  “I’d even like to ride with you,” said the Congressman, as Clark and the others leapt for a pen to sign him up.

cindy“We are extremely excited to have Congressman Delaney’s help and support,” said President and Founder Cindy McGrew, who is no stranger to recognition from political leaders, having had the chance to meet President George W. Bush when she won the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

“Operation Second Chance is ready for the next level, and with the help of Congressman Delaney, we are sure we can get our story told to a whole new audience,” Cindy concluded.