The ultimate goal of Angel Flight West and its volunteers is helping people in need of transportation to non-emergency medical services. For the past 10 years, we have been coordinating ground transportation in much the same way we coordinate the air transportation. Through Earth Angels, we are connecting passengers with volunteer drivers who provide this necessary ground travel. Even though our flights are free and we cover 99% of the distance to their life-saving medical treatment, the cost of the “last mile” is preventing many people from utilizing our services. For many, a $25-$50 cab/Uber fare is too much, and they forego our free air transportation.
Earth Angel Margot, with passenger in tow, has been navigating travel to health care centers such as UCLA, Cedars Sinai and Ronald McDonald House, with a cheerful demeanor to bring joy to any sick patient. To date Margot has made over 350 trips, meeting patients as they arrive at Santa Monica airport with their AFW pilot and then taking them to their healthcare destination. Many times, she will wait for the patient and bring them back to the airport for their trip to travel home. Thank you Margot, for going the extra mile for us!
Angel Flight West had been selected as one of the top ten finalists for the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch, an annual event that showcases outstanding nonprofits in LA County. Over 500 nonprofit professionals and community leaders attended at the Skirball Center earlier this month. Executive Director Josh Olson was an excellent representative of AFW and stellar presenter. During the two-month program Josh worked with two coaches to create the three minute presentation. This past summer, over 60 nonprofits applied to the program, 20 were selected and 10 finalists competed. At Fast Pitch, there is an opportunity to gain significant awareness and funding.
Watch Josh in action: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mrbqdk0kcp3rvcn/AAB4d8qIotzieACImBZDUDUDa?dl=0&preview=Angel+Flight+West.mp4
More about Fast Pitch, see: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/los-angeles/fast-pitch/
Our Unsung Hero, representing all AFW pilots is featured in the Santa Monica Daily Press and California Community Foundation video!
The California Community Foundation (CCF) announced the opening of a photography exhibit that elevates incredible stories of significant – yet unrecognized – contributions across Los Angeles County and demonstrates how everyday individuals are creating social change. Our very own Steve Danz, representing LA County pilots, was selected as one of these powerful examples.
Portraits of Compassion showcases 30 “Unsung Heroes” of LA County who are working to improve our region. The Unsung Heroes were nominated by the community and selected by the California Community Foundation (CCF) to uplift examples of people performing selfless acts that are making a positive impact in LA County. On Saturday, March 5, the Unsung Heroes were unveiled at a Gala at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. The exhibit opened March 6 and will run through April 4, 2016. Conceptualized and commissioned by CCF, the exhibit is a gift to LA County residents in celebration of the Foundation’s 100 years of service.
“We want this exhibit to turn inspiration into action,” said Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation. “The Unsung Heroes teach us that acts of kindness, compassion, generosity and courage have a ripple effect that will multiply over countless lives.”
CCF also states: The Unsung Heroes run the gamut from educators to farmers to cooks to activists. They are dedicated volunteers like Angel Flight West Steve Danz, who pilots low-income patients to urgent medical appointments. A common theme to their actions is a deep desire to build a better Los Angeles.
Portraits of Compassion is open to the public free of charge through April 4, 2016 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (501 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).
For more information, please visit calfund.org/laheroes and follow along on social media with #LAheroes.