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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888-426-2643
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was priviledged to fly 87 missions for AFW, then I got caught out of town in Santa Rosa, CA in a medical emergency of my own. After 3 months in hospital - mostly in ICU - AFW helped me get home to Seattle where I could complete skin grafts and be closer to home. This they did for me even though I did not fit the usual criteria for transportation as I was not yet ambulatory. I am so grateful to this great organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I enjoy my time in the air as a pilot. One of my greatest joys in life is to share this passion with others. Angel Flight West (AFW) makes it possible for me to fly passengers with a real purpose and they do all the work! I have worked closely with many of the staff at AFW and have found them to be the most caring, sincere, and dedicated people you would ever meet. The organization has systems and processes in place to administrate all of the logistics. It is wonderful to volunteer in the capacity of a pilot and not have to worry about anything other than the actual flight and comfort of the passengers. All of the passengers that I have met have only good things to say about AFW when we fly. They are as amazed as I am that such an organization can exist. It is a testament to their sincere concern for those with special transportation needs. All the volunteers play their part and with the structure that AFW provides, great things are accomplished. It is a pleasure to serve with them!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Well before I started flying, I knew of Angel Flight and thought it was a great idea. After having my license for a few months shy of 5 years, I finally met the requirements to become a pilot for AFW and joined as quickly as I could. I'm always looking for an excuse to fly, and what better excuse could there be than helping someone else? After only a few flights, I've seen just how wonderful Angel Flight is. I've taken patients on their first trip in a small airplane, hopeful that a new trial treatment far from home would prove successful, and I've taken patients who fly every week to receive life-saving treatments. Some patients enjoy a good conversation and the view, while others just sleep after a long and tiring day, grateful that a 2-hour flight can replace a 5+ hour drive. But regardless of their condition or prognosis, all patients have been beyond grateful at the opportunity to receive necessary medical care, along with transportation that allows them to have a bit or normalcy return to life. When I first joined Angel Flight, I was hoping to do some good and log a few hours in the air. I never expected to be so touched by the opportunity to help so many wonderful people in a unique way. Angel Flight is truly an amazing organization with a most noble mission.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Pilot for many years and I am glad to be able to participate for the noble cause this organization offers. You have no idea on the level of satisfaction you get from those grateful eyes of the passengers.

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

transporting medical patients by airplanes.

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

Improve Personal Interaction between the Volunteers and create more public awareness in my area.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Improve Personal Interaction between the Volunteers

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Personal Satisfaction and Good Usage of Resources (Airplanes)

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Satisfied and Happy

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Pilot for many years and I am glad to be able to participate for the noble cause this organization offers. You have no idea on the level of satisfaction you get from those grateful eyes of the passengers.

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

transporting medical patients by airplanes.

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

create more public awareness in my area.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Improve Personal Interaction between the Volunteers

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Personal Satisfaction and Good Usage of Resources (Airplanes)

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Satisfied and Happy

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 4 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Yes

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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