2019 Voice of Caring: Wings of Hope

July 16, 2019 - 4:26 pm

Wings of Hope changes and saves lives through the power of aviation. In the U.S., the nonprofit provides medical air transport services – free of charge – to individuals who need access to specialized medical care. 

The organization also supports health-care access in remote communities around the globe, flying people in isolated areas to emergency medical care and flying doctors into communities with no local health care. Since its very first mission in 1965, Wings of Hope has worked in 48 countries. Today, Wings of Hope supports programs in 10 countries including the U.S.

In 2019, Wings of Hope launched Soar into STEM, a hands-on aviation program to ignite in young people – especially girls and students of color – a passion for pursuing STEM and aviation careers. Connecting STEM learning to service learning, students from Ferguson-Florissant, Jennings and Kirkwood school districts and the Girl Scouts worked on a Cessna 182 destined to serve as a medevac plane in Paraguay.

Wings of Hope maximizes the impact of its programs through powerful partnerships comprised of a network of world-class hospitals throughout the Midwest – including Shriners and Children’s Hospitals in St. Louis – in-country partners in the communities Wings of Hope serves around the globe; and corporate, foundation and individual financial supporters.

Wings of Hope has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2018, Wings of Hope directly served more than 67,000 people around the world. Learn more at wingsofhope.ngo or call 636-537-1302.