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.
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:
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
CURRENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
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
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."
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
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 $599 in 2016 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:
If you would like to learn more about becoming a guardian click here:
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.