OperationPhotoRescue.org is a charitable organization of volunteer photography enthusiasts who help rescue and restore damaged photos, particularly after natural disasters. o”Insurance doesn’t restore memories, but we do” is their tagline.
OperationPhotoRescue makes two to three “copy runs” per year, usually to locations in the U.S. that have suffered major disasters. OPR organizes outreach both photo restorers and those who need to get their damaged photos treated. OPR uses public libraries and other community spaces for their copy runs.
At these events, volunteers take photos of the damaged photos and upload them images to PhotoShelter’s Multi-User account, where photo restorers worldwide begin their salvage work.