A- A A+



Honor Flight Chicago is looking for talented college students to help recognize the bravery and patriotism of America’s senior war veterans. Gain hands-on experience within a non-profit environment and develop skills that will help you stand out in any job after college. 


  • An understanding of how to run your own business
  • Communications/PR opportunities across mediums
  • Finance and accounting experience
  • Mentorship from CEO Mary Pettinato and other members of the Board of Directors


Communications Strategist

  • Create editorial content about HFC news, flights and events intended for veterans, volunteers and HFC stakeholders
  • Develop project management and marketing experience
  • Manage HFC social media accounts
  • Be mentored by former ABC reporter Paul Meincke or Bonni Pear, executive vice president and director of entertainment & lifestyle brands at Motion PR

Non-Profit Management Analyst

  • Manage accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Help prepare financial statements for grant applications, monthly roundups and audit preparation
  • Create reports regarding giving campaigns, corporate matching and giving, and other donations
  • Work closely with CEO and HFC accountants

Logistics Analyst      

  • Manage data entry and veteran application documents
  • Create communications content geared toward donors, veterans and volunteers
  • Assist with special projects and day-to-day office needs as assigned
  • Contribute to communications initiatives as needed




"Come ready to learn and prepared to switch between a variety of tasks. This is a great way to gain experience in a variety of skills in a relatively short amount of time."

— Virginia Nowakowski

Volunteers spend flight days at Midway helping us honor and thank our veterans. But each flight also requires more than 750 man-hours to bring together before we even get off the ground. We need help in many areas: pre-flight operations, fundraising, communications, airport logistics, administration and more. Honor Flight Chicago volunteer opportunities include:
        • Flight support at Midway in the morning and evening
        • Fundraising and special events
        • Office assistance (data entry, clerical work, etc.)
        • Work from home to support our mailings and/or make phone calls 
        • Participating in our Locate a Hero campaign to reach veterans who have not yet flown with us

As an Honor Flight Chicago volunteer, you’ll work with a dedicated team to provide the best possible experience for our veterans. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please download a volunteer application:

Please submit the application following the instructions on the form.

Honor Flight guardians accompany our veterans on their trip to Washington, D.C. and are responsible for ensuring the comfort, enjoyment and safety of the veterans in their charge. Please note:

      • In order to have more seats available for veterans on the flights, seats for guardians are strictly limited.
      • So that we may serve as many veterans as possible, guardians must pay the entire cost of their participation in the day’s events.  Please note that the Guardian Fee has increased to $601 in 2017 due to the increased cost in charter airfare.
If you would like to be considered as a guardian, please download and complete the guardian application and mail or fax it to:
Honor Flight Chicago
Attn: Guardian Application
938 West Montana Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Fax: 773.289.0909
The volunteers of Honor Flight Chicago are what make our mission possible. With very few paid employees, almost everything that goes into the veteran’s day of honor is a direct result of the generous donation of the time and talents of our volunteers.  There are two ways to get involved: to be a volunteer or to be a guardian. Volunteers make the flights happen; guardians attend to the veterans while they are on the flight. If you would like to learn more about and become a volunteer click here:
btnVolunteer 01

If you would like to learn more about becoming a guardian click here:

btnGuardian 01
NOTE:  In order to have more seats available for veterans on the flights, seats for guardians are strictly limited. To become familiar with our flight day operations, prospective guardians who are not accompanying a family member veteran for medical reasons must first serve as Honor Flight Chicago volunteers.


We also gratefully accept in-kind donations of goods and services. Here is a “wish list” of our current needs: 

      • Wheelchairs
      • Portable Oxygen Concentrator
      • Goodies for Vets take-home
      • Provide polo/t-shirts
      • Provide hats and other HFC PX merchandise
      • Provide custom HFC backpacks

To make an in-kind donation, please call us at 773.227.VETS (8387).

Download a Guardian Application

Are you a RN, DO, APN or MD who is not requesting to fly with a specific veteran?

Invalid Input

If you are interested in becoming a Medical Guardian and are not requesting to fly with a specific veteran please visit the Medical Guardian page and download the Medical Guardian Application.

If you are interested in becoming an Honor Flight Chicago Guardian please download a Guardian Application.



sdImage Guardian

Stay in Touch