Delta pilots give back to their communities in meaningful and impactful ways all year long. During the holiday season, it is particularly important to remember less fortunate members of our communities. There are a myriad of circumstances that can make the holidays a difficult time for many families: an unexpected disability or financial hardship, military deployment or a loss of a home, for example. Several Delta pilots share their stories of charities that they support below. If you are looking for a cause to get involved with this holiday season, these opportunities to support the communities we live in may be a good fit. If you give back to your community, email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of how and why you support your favorite charity.*
Air Charity Network
“Several Delta pilots fly their own airplanes for an organization called Angel Flight, part of the Air Charity Network, which provides transportation to medical patients for treatment or family needs. I fly two or three trips a month for people in New England and find it extremely rewarding.” -Captain Kurt
Air Charity Network is a charitable organization that provides access for people in need who are seeking air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations for treatment. Air Charity Network serves all 50 states and its volunteer pilots utilize their own aircraft, fuel and time to provide free air transportation to medical facilities for citizens who are financially distressed or otherwise unable to travel on public transportation. Air Charity Network members also coordinate flights to fly organ transplant candidates, people involved in clinical trials, chemotherapy or other repetitive treatment, victims of abuse seeking relocation, families receiving help from Ronald McDonald Houses, Shriners Hospitals and many other charities, disabled or sick children to special summer camp programs, and for many other humanitarian reasons. The Air Charity Network is the nation’s largest unified volunteer pilot organization comprised of thousands of pilots who annually fly tens of thousands of passengers across the US.
“One very worthwhile organization that I support in the South King County (SEATAC) area is the Multi Service Center. Like their name says, they provide many services for the less fortunate, including housing assistance. This link describes the effort they spearheaded to build a multi-unit apartment building for homeless veterans.” – First Officer Lincoln K.
The Multi-Service Center addresses the causes and barriers of poverty and homelessness with comprehensive and holistic services that help to lift people from crisis and vulnerability to self-sufficiency and stability. With individually-tailored support and resources, men, women, youth and children can find their way out of poverty.
National Ability Center
Park City, Utah
“Please consider donating to the National Ability Center this holiday season and beyond. My 8-year-old son Thomas suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis. This gene mutation may cause tumors to grow in almost any organ of the body, often with devastating consequences. For Thomas, he developed a growth in the left hemisphere of his brain while still in the womb. Within weeks after birth he began to experience near-constant seizures that could not be controlled with medication. A highly risky procedure called a hemispherectomy had to be performed to save his life. The surgery was a success but left Thomas hemiplegic on his right side (similar to a stroke victim) and he lost 3/4 of his visual field. In spite of his challenges, Thomas has thrived in school, in sports and in life, in no small part thanks to the National Ability Center. There, Thomas has learned to ski, ride horses, rock climb and participate in water sports. Our family was so impressed with the work that they do and their ability to greatly enhance Thomas’ quality of life that we moved from our lifelong home of Birmingham, AL to Park City, UT so that he could take better advantage of their services.” – Captain Stuart S.
The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs.
Chariots for Children
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
“Chariots for Children is a local charity here in Sioux Falls that can use our support. I can personally vouch for the organization and its leadership and goals.” – First Officer Ken O.
Chariots for Children was established in November 2015 to benefit the less fortunate children in the Sioux Falls, SD area. We focus our efforts on partnering with a local organization that has access to large numbers of children that are stricken with illness, below the median income and/or needing guidance because of a broken family. We provide bikes, scooters, wagons and walking aids to the children in an attempt to bring families together to foster the meaning of giving from the heart.
“My family supports the Nicholas House by adopting a family every holiday season. We help provide the adopted family with gifts for the children and parents so that they can enjoy the holiday season despite their current situation. My wife also volunteers to cook meals during the week for the families who are staying at the home.” First Officer Shane C.
Nicholas House is the only shelter in Atlanta that takes in homeless families regardless of composition. The Nicholas House believes that in the midst of a trauma as big as homelessness, no family should be separated.
*Note: Charities that support controversial causes or are not registered 501(c)3 organizations will not be included. ALPA does not endorse or recommend any of these charities.