The Sky is the Limit with Above the Clouds’ Volunteers!

During a time of few in person events and limits on fundraising opportunities for non-profit organizations, Above the Clouds has been fortunate to benefit from volunteer led fundraising! Through birthday fundraisers on Facebook, participation in the Rodman Ride for Kids by over 39 riders and events-we are focusing this post on our volunteers.  

A volunteer pilot First Officer for American Airlines, Matt Sheehan, has drawn support from local restaurants, businesses, First Responders and his pilot colleagues to participate in a fun event to support Above the Clouds.  This fundraiser, to be held at the Dedham American Legion #18, is a wonderful opportunity for a volunteer to speak from the heart about what Above the Clouds means to him.    Even more valuable than donations, this event is certain to draw interest from the guests to also volunteer with Above the Clouds.  

Another Dream Pilot, Christopher Donovan Jr. from Boston Executive Helicopters has raised more $2,741 as he runs each day, posting to his Rodman Ride for Kids fundraising page-he is running for Above the Clouds!  Led by Founders Gary and Martha Oberstein ATC’s Rodman Ride team is about to surpass the fundraising goal of $55,000 toward our programs.

Other volunteers, like Marti Kung and Board Director Jim Andersen, serve as Flight Coordinators every Dream Flight Day providing invaluable support to the families, Dream Flyers and the Executive Director.  We would like to thank ALL of our volunteers, pilots, joy maker ground crew members, flight coordinators, radio and Flight Path volunteers, Rodman Ride participants and students who have devoted time and their tech expertise to assist with our communications.

Dream Flights Take Off on July 11th!

After a brief hiatus, Above the Clouds’ signature Dream Flyers Program took flight on July 11th at Norwood Memorial Airport.  For the last year, Above the Clouds has only been able to provide Dream Flyovers to hospitals, shelters and children’s residences.  Now, the children have taken the “yoke”, determined their flight paths and experienced joy and hope from the Pilots’ seat.  We have provided two Dream Flight Days and on July 11th, welcomed new Dream Pilot Tom Nery.  Founders Gary and Martha Oberstein, Board Members, Ground Crew volunteers, “joy makers” and Dream Pilots were all smiles as Above the Clouds provided flights for youth referred to us from Lucy’s Love Bus, Wildflower, Afrimerica Academy, Boys and Girls Clubs, Lifeworks and the Jimmy Fund.  Please see the July 11th Dream Flight Day video and amazing photos taken by ATC’s volunteer photographers and videographers.  More to come!