ANGEL FLIGHT WEST INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: 3161 Donald Douglas Loop S Santa Monica CA 90405 USA

Mission: The mission of Angel Flight West is to arrange FREE air transportation in response to health care and other compelling human needs.
Results: Angel Flight West will be flying its 50,000 mission in 2011. Started in 1983, in our first full year of operation we flew 12 missions.
Target demographics: Those who need to get from where they are to where they need to be for compelling reasons in the western United States.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 6500 flights arranged annually.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Angel Flight West is a wonderful organization. I can't say enough about the staff & volunteers. Top notch!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

12+ years as a Mission Assistant volunteer for Angel Flight West. I am touched by those with life threatening illness. This is an outstanding organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Involve more volunteers.

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4 people found this review helpful

I have been a child protection social worker for the past 20 plus years,most recently in the State of Montana. I have had several children of various ages who needed to be transported to hospitals in Denver for medical treatment due to physical abuse by adults. Angel flight helped get those children to hospitals when their needs were life threatening, then once the treatment was complete returned the children to Montana. I never met the pilots but cannot thank them enough for their generous giving of time, saving a child's life. All of you a truly angels!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen children's lives saved from various forms of abuse because Angel Flight West was there when needed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight West for three years and have flown some 40 missions. Each passenger trip that I fly is a vignette of life's deepest struggles: being seriously ill, with inadequate funds and away from those you love and who care for you most. Every such plane ride is an emotional experience, not only in empathy for those seeking or returning from treatment, but also in knowing that but for the slightest turn of fate, it could so easily be one of my family riding in the back. Angel Flight is a fabulous organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

flying volunteer missions.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I began volunteering for Angel Flight as Utah Mission Coordinator quite a few years ago. I loved the compassionate and giving spirit of the organization. :-) Then, in 2004 I became very ill and was flown as a patient. Many heartfelt thanks go out to the Angel Flight Pilots who flew me back and forth from Salt Lake City, UT to Dallas, TX so I could see my family while I was in treatment. They lifted my spirits and brought light into my life during a very difficult time. Currently, I still volunteer for Angel Flight West as Mission Coordinator.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way they helped me get to see my family in UT while I was in treatment in Dallas, TX. Due to my low immune system and our beyond-stretched financial situation, they made the impossible possible. :-)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Having family members that have lost their battle to cancer I have seen how difficult and bumpy the road can become in that fight. Without organizations like Angel Flight it would have become impossible to get the all the treatments and appointments along the way. Their compassion and ability to fly in and out of smaller and larger airports creates an entirely new world of options for those in need. My family is truely grateful for all they do!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life as well as the lives of others I have referred.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more ways to help spread the word so people understand how safe and advantageous it is to be able to fly in private aircraft. The statistics speak for themselves but many still have a fear of "smaller" planes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

professional, giving and talented people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and passionate about helping others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world even more than it already has!

Ways to make it better...

there was more funding and marketing to help others become aware of what other options are out there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

ability to get the message out and help others understand what is possible with private aircraft.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm very thankful for this organization and all they do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Imagine a child with a serious health problem who needs treatment hundreds of miles away from home — and may have to make the voyage repeatedly. Her parents can’t afford the airfare, and a long, uncomfortable road trip is out of the question. This is a real-life situation far more common than many realize. There are countless thousands of people who require, but cannot afford, air transportation for medical and other compelling human needs. This is where Angel Flight West steps in to help. Their volunteer pilots and assistants, located throughout the 13 western states, donate their time, planes and fuel to fly missions for those in need of transportation. There is never any charge for this service.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight West for 19 years and it never ceases to amaze me how so few people can accomplish so much.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I never cease to be amazed by the innate goodness of the volunteer pilots who fly for Angel Flight West. Whether it's flying kids to special needs camps, flying patients for treatment, flying blood after 9-11, or Santa Flight delivering toys to needy kids, these are good & generous people. They make my eyes wet.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the smiles of those who have used AFW or the happy faces of kids seeing Santa and getting toys.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Angel Flight is the most incredible organization. Our daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was nine months old. We live in Utah but the specialist she needed to see is in Los Angeles. Angel Flight pilots flew us to and from appts every four weeks for two years, then still provided flights for followup care for another two years. The pilots are so compassionate and giving... some flew us so many times they became like family. We didn't have to pay anything for the transportation and were able to get our daughter the treatment she needed. Thank you Angel Flight West for all you do - this is a wonderful organization to donate to.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We were treated so well by the scheduling staff and the pilots. They tried to accommodate every trip that we needed, some with short notice, always treating us with respect.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

There are few organizations that can so profoundly touch a person’s life, in the way that Angle Flight has touched so many. I have had the privilege of helping a cancer patient needing weekly treatments, young immigrant parents needing to visit their premature baby, a 16 year old heart transplant patient, pre-teen burn victims, and battered women needing to relocate. My passion for flying is only equaled by my fulfillment for helping these people.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Angel Flight West is the great unsung hero in the fight to make the world a little better for patients with critcal health issues. Simple, real, no wasted money or energy. The faces of the patients served are the greatest credit to this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces or patients served.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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