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Wheelchair Donation

Honor Flight Columbus utilizes wheelchairs to transport senior Veterans who go on day-long trips to Washington DC to visit the memorials erected in their honor. These wheelchairs have a tough job.

On each flight the chairs are loaded on and then off the chartered airplane. They are then loaded on and then off the buses at least six times as the deluxe motor coaches drive and park from airport to memorial to memorial, and then back to airport as the Veterans, their Guardians, and the wheelchairs go to see the memorials up close.

Our wheelchair maintenance team of Volunteers work hard to keep our chairs in service from flight to flight, but they do take a beating and we have a pretty high attrition rate.

Donations help keep our fleet healthy and are really important to us! Here’s what we need:

  • Standard, large wheeled wheelchairs that fold-up.

  • New, nearly new or serviceable (clean, with foot rests, good arm rests, seat and back material not torn) chairs.

  • Seats 16-18 inches wide and 16-17 inches deep.

  • Can carry a 300 pound person

  • Adjustable swing-away footrests, no elevating leg rests please!

  • Swing up arm-rests

  • No cushion, no seatbelt, no travel bag, no cup holders.

Frequently, long-term wheelchair users accumulate new spare parts that include arm and foot rests, hand grips and other user replaceable items. We always have need for these new items.

Please contact us 614-284-4987 or Info@HonorFlightColumbus.Org to arrange a donation.

 

Thank you on behalf of our senior Veterans.

Honor Flight Columbus is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code and donations may be tax-deductible.

 

"Sponsor A Vet" Program

Honor Flight Columbus is excited to continue to support a program to benefit our Veterans, schools, and non-profit groups. Our Sponsor a Vet program is designed to encourage fund raising by schools or organizations. In exchange the schools or organization receives the opportunity to connect personally with a WWII, Korea or Vietnam veteran and learn about their experiences.

If you are not aware, Honor Flight Columbus operates solely on public donations. While there is never a charge to the veteran, the cost to Honor Flight Columbus for each veteran, and we provide approximately 600 veterans a year with this honor, is over $500.00.

Project/Program Description

For a minimum $500 donation to Honor Flight Columbus, a school/class can support a local veteran for their upcoming Honor Flight. After the donation is raised, the goal is to have a local veteran who is already scheduled for their Honor Flight, along with an Honor Flight Columbus volunteer, contact the school/class before the flight to accept the donation and meet and talk to the students.

In addition:

The school/class/non-profit group will be encouraged to write individual special letters to their veteran before their trip. These letters, called “mail call” are given to the veterans during their special day. (Many veterans have said reading the letters from the kids is the best part of their special day.) The school/class can also write one letter that is from the entire school/class to be placed in the veteran end-of-trip folder along with the veteran’s certificate.

The school/class/non-profit group could follow their veteran’s trip during the day with social media updates from the veteran’s assigned guardian.

The school/class would be invited to participate in the special “Homecoming” we give the vets when they return from Washington, D.C. in the evening.

After the flight, the school/class/non-profit group will receive a special “Sponsor a Vet” Honor Flight Columbus certificate, along with photo of the veteran.

After the flight, the school/class/non-profit group would be encouraged to invite the veteran to an event to have the veteran share with everyone their day of honor.

Project/Program Goals

Honor Flight Columbus has heard many times of schools or classrooms that want to help our group and have a more personal relationship with a veteran. As our senior veterans are living history, what better way to learn about military service and these historical conflicts then to have somebody that was there!

We believe our youth need to develop a passion for patriotism and an understanding of the service all of our Veterans have done for our country. It takes a community to raise a child. And it takes many communities, schools, and individuals to help keep this wonderful program going into the future. Will you help?

Download the 2019 Sponsor A Vet Flyer Here

 

Hold a Fundraising Event

We are a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It takes dozens of Volunteers hundreds of hours to make each flight as memorable as possible for each of our Honored Veterans. In addition to great Volunteers, it takes money - money to cover the cost of charter flights, food, wheel chairs, etc., for each flight. Please consider holding fundraisers for Honor Flight Columbus.

 

Need an idea for a fundraiser? Click here to review our guide for some ideas.

 

Community fundraisers, and fundraisers sponsored by churches, schools, and fraternal organizations have made it possible to take more than 6,000 Veterans from the Central Ohio area since 2007. With over 1,500 Veterans on the waiting list, and applications coming in, fundraising is an important piece to permit us to serve our Veteran Community. We would be happy to talk with you about fundraising ideas and to learn about what you have planned.

 

Pete MacKenzie leads our fundraising activities. Please contact Pete at the Honor Flight Columbus office at info@honorflightcolumbus.org.

 

We can help! 

 

Be a Volunteer

Volunteer Your Time and Talent

 

We are a volunteer organization. We welcome anyone with a heart for honoring veterans. Please contact us if you are interested in contributing your time and talents to Honor Flight.

Volunteers are needed for everything from administrative tasks, fundraising, ground crew and guardians who accompany veterans on the trip to ensure a safe and memorable trip. More than 30,000 hours were donated last year alone to support our mission.

 

 

How to Volunteer

 

Volunteering for Honor Flight Columbus is easy. Start by completing and submitting an online application. Click here to access the online Volunteer Application form.

If you have any issues completing the form or need to update your volunteer profile, just let us know. We can also help with any general questions regarding volunteering for Honor Flight. Email us at volunteer@honorflightcolumbus.org.

 

Click Here for current volunteer opportunities

 

Guardians

Guardians serve a very important role for Honor Flight Columbus.

 

Our mission is squarely focused on the Veterans, their safety, comfort, well being, and enjoyment of the day. To ensure every mission is a success, we are very selective in who is invited to serve as a Guardian.  

 

First and foremost, serving as a Guardian is work. It is a LONG day, it likely will involve pushing wheelchairs, being responsible for additional tasks, managing all manner of physical and emotional challenges throughout the day. This is not a "tour" for the Guardians, it is hard work - exceptionally awesome hard work - and perhaps one of the most rewarding "work" days you will ever experience.

 

We have some basic rules and expectations.

  • Family members are not permitted to serve as a Guardian for their Veteran except under very limited circumstances.

  • Generally, Guardians are between 18-65 years old - we have a policy that sets an expectation that the Guardian will be from another generation (younger) than the Veteran.

  • Mandatory training - remote/online and an in-person preflight session normally nine days before the mission.

  • Positive attitude, willingness to be a team member, respect and awareness of our mission.

  • Good ability, fitness, and health - sufficient to stay on top of your game all day - from 5:00am to midnight. To lift 100 pounds, push a heavily loaded wheelchair for extended periods. To walk approximately 4 miles, in any weather condition.

  • Ability to "pay their way" - the Guardian Fee is $400 and partially covers the cost associated with the trip for the Guardian.

  • Commitment to the HONOR, SHARE, CELEBRATE vision of this organization.

 

What else are we looking for?

  • Veterans willing to serve as a Guardian.

  • Young Professionals.

  • Medical Professionals (EMTs, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Doctors, etc).

  • Interest in having a recurring role (2 to 4 times a year). 

  • History of Volunteering with Honor Flight Columbus.

Guardians need to submit an application, including medical emergency information and an indemnity agreement. Download the forms here:

Guardian Application

Enjoy this opportunity you have to be with these American Heroes.  Please give them the attention and care they so richly deserve.  

Again, Thank You.

 
 

AmazonSmile

What is AmazonSmile?

 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.

 

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

 

To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

 

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

 

You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchase and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

 

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

 

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

 

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchase before you begin shopping. Your selection will be remembered, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. When selecting your charity, search for Honor Flight Columbus, or use this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-4262700.

 

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

 

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases (1.5% of your first eligible purchase from March 12-31). The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply; see the relevant promotion for complete details.

 

Shop at Kroger

Kroger Community Rewards Program Provides Money to Honor Flight Columbus. Sign up now. This does not reduce your gasoline or other Kroger perks.

Honor Flight Columbus - Organization Number 82159

 

All participants must sign up online to participate.  You can no longer scan the barcode at the registers or service desk.

To re-enroll:

Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com
 

  • Click Columbus, OH 

  • Click re-enroll

  • Enter your email address and password

  • Type 82159 to find Honor Flight Columbus

  • Click on the circle left of the Honor Flight Columbus name.

  • Click on Save Changes

  • Verify by looking at “Community Rewards” on the next screen.  Enrollment Date should show the date you re-enrolled.


To enroll for first time:

Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com

 

  • Click Columbus, OH

  • Click Enroll

  • Click Get started. Sign up today!

  • Enter your email address and password

  • Enter your zip code and click Find stores

  • Click on the arrow to display the list of stores and highlight your preferred store.

  • Enter your Kroger Plus card number

  • Enter the security information (Last name and zip code)

  • Sign up for emails if desired

  • Verify that your account information is correct.

  • Check box for agreement to the terms and conditions.

  • Click complete registration

  • Kroger will send an email.  This can take up to 10 minutes.

  • Open the email and click on the link.

  • Log in to your account.

  • Under Community Rewards section, click Edit Community Rewards Program Information

  • Provide name and address.

  • Type 82159 to find Honor Flight Columbus

  • Click on the circle left of the Honor Flight Columbus name.

  • Click on Save Changes

  • Under Community Rewards it should now have Honor Flight Columbus!


 
If you have any questions, please call 1-800-KROGERS

Our Veterans Thank You!