World Wings Logo Angel Wings Relief Fund

The mission of the Angel Wings Relief Fund is to provide timely short-term assistance to former Pan American World Airways Inc. flight attendants and their families during times of crisis.

The AW Relief Fund was initially set up after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, as a Hurricane Relief Fund to benefit Miami-area members of World Wings International. The Atlanta chapter wanted to help affected members and started the ball rolling. For practical reasons, the administration of the monies collected was initially handed over to the Miami chapter. After recovery, and with money left in the fund, the International Board decided to maintain the fund for future crisis assistance.

Since its inception, Angel Wings has come to the aid of members in Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Marin, Miami, Portland, Princeton/Philadelphia, Seattle, and members-at-large. Repayment is not required, nor expected.

A special committee of five WWI members is appointed by the Board to administer the Fund, and the International President is an ex officio member of the committee. Current committee members are: Sally Kaplan, Joan Nell Bernstein, Pam Askew, Mary Forrest, and Nancy McAllister (ex officio).

The Angel Wings Relief Fund is operated by World Wings International, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The Angel Wings accounts are maintained separately from the general WWI accounts at JPMorgan Chase N.A. and administered by the committee of five appointed officers.

It is important to note that Angel Wings is not an established charity, but a Relief Fund benefiting the World Wings organization’s own members and colleagues. For this reason, no funds may be solicited from the public and contributions to this fund are not tax-deductible. Angel Wings receives its funding only from personal and memorial donations.

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.