Angel Wings Relief Fund
During times of crisis, the Angel Wings Relief Fund (AWRF) provides short-term assistance exclusively to World Wings International (WWI) members, specifically those who are former Pan American World Airways Inc. flight attendants.
The Angel Wings Relief Fund (AWRF) was initially set up after Hurricane Andrew in1992 as a Hurricane Relief Fund to benefit Miami-area members of WWI. The Atlanta chapter started this helpful effort, was instrumental in growing the fund, and then the administration of the monies collected was handed over to the Miami chapter. After recovery, and with money left in the fund, the WWI Board decided to maintain the fund for future crisis assistance. Since its inception, The AWRF has come to the aid of members in Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Marin, Miami, Paris, Portland, Princeton/Philadelphia, Seattle and members-at-large. Repayment is not required, nor expected.
The AWRF is operated by World Wings International, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The account is maintained separately from the general WWI accounts. A special committee of five WWI members appointed by the Board administers the Fund, and the International President is an ex officio member of the committee. Current committee members are Sally Kaplan, Joan Nell Bernstein, Catherine Bue, Linda Duffey, and Nancy McAllister (ex officio).
It is important to note that the AWRF is funded by WWI members exclusively for WWI members, and is not an established charity. Contributions to this fund are not tax-deductible. AWRF receives its funding only from personal and memorial donations. Many chapters “pass the hat” once a year to benefit our AWRF and it is recommended that each chapter do this at a well-attended meeting.
Members may bring qualifying candidates to the attention of the Committee or individuals in crisis may contact the Committee directly.
Keeping in mind a fiduciary obligation to donors to the AW fund, committee members review all requests on a case-by-case basis. Decisions for assistance must be approved by at least three AW committee members.
Confidentiality is always respected, unless the recipient wishes to thank AW publicly.
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