Above the Clouds Receives Grant from American Tower Foundations’ Social Justice Committee!

Above the Clouds is excited to announce a partnership with the American Tower Foundation.  Our partnerships with local businesses and their employees are invaluable to this little organization.  We are able to serve hundreds of children and teens through the work of volunteers whose employers support their dedication to the community.  Like, American Tower and their Social Justice Committee! American Tower Corporation is an American real estate investment trust and an owner and operator of wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure in several countries worldwide and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.  Above the Clouds has the good fortune to have had an employee of American Tower nominate the organization for this grant award.  American Tower has placed a high priority on social justice and has dedicated resources and funds to support local organizations.

Through our Discovery Flyers and Cadet Programs, Above the Clouds introduces communities that are underrepresented within the aviation industry to careers as private or commercial pilots, certified flight instructors, engineers, mechanics, airport managers and air traffic control.  We are thrilled to have the support of American Tower to continue our mentoring initiatives and to launch NEW programs in 2022.  Each of our programs focuses on inclusion and equity within aviation fields, but also in inspiring hope for children and teens facing serious adversity.  Check back on ATC’s social media and website to read testimonials and stories of youth served within Above the Clouds’ programs that have gone on to become pilots.  With this grant, Above the Clouds hopes to engage more American Tower employees as volunteers in our Dream Flights and Cadet programs.  Also, partially supported by this award, is the launch of a new speaker series and STEM programming.  The first Dream Flight Day of 2022 will feature a booth from Cape Cod Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program, hosted by one of our pilot volunteers.

If you work for a local business or corporation that supports volunteerism and community engagement, please volunteer with us!  If your employer encourages employee nominated charitable organizations for funding, please consider Above the Clouds!

Thank you American Tower Foundation for your support.

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!