The season of giving is a great time to reflect and share the many ways Global Aviation staff are inspired to give back to the community and charitable causes. If you’re looking for a way to “pay it forward” now or in the New Year, Global Aviation staff has found a wide variety of opportunities.

Bring donations to Hanger 1 by December 22 to support local community shelter

Bring donations to Hanger 1 by December 22 to support local community shelter

Toy Drive

Global Aviation is hosting its annual toy drive in Hangar 1. Micaela Mareina, Assistant to the President, has arranged for donations of new, unwrapped toys for kids of all ages to benefit the children residing at the local Hillsboro Community Action Shelter and children assisted through the Hillsboro Family Resource Center. Toys and donations are due December 22 and will be matched with a child, wrapped, and then presented by Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Cash donations will be used to purchase specifically requested items from the children’s gift lists.

The annual DoveAdore fashion gala supports the DoveLewis emergency animal hospital

The annual DoveAdore fashion gala supports the DoveLewis emergency animal hospital

Animals

Many on the Global Aviation staff have a soft spot for furry friends. In October, Global Aviation President, Flo Newton, served as the honorary chair for the DoveAdore fundraising fashion gala to support DoveLewis and its non profit 24-hour animal emergency and intensive care unit in Portland, Oregon. The event raised $322,000 for the hospital. DoveLewis has been voted Oregon’s Most Admired Nonprofits by the Portland Business Journal for seven years. Visit the DoveLewis website if you’d like to learn more about how to help.

Global’s Karen Holscher, Charter Operations, recently teamed with her four-legged friend, Lilly, in The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life. The noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners raises funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

Some may recall that in March, Global Aviation made room in its hangar and provided fuel for LightHawk’s relocation of three orphaned cougar cubsfrom the Oregon Zoo to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, N.C.LightHawkorganizes and donates cross-country wildlife survival flights and shares aerial perspective with others by producing beneficial videos, photographs, and data for local conservation efforts. You can see how the cougar’s are enjoying their new home in thisvideo.

Also supporting the zoos and conservation efforts is Kathy Cieslinki, CSR. She spends valuable time with her daughter volunteering at local shelters and the Oregon Zoo. She says the work is “very easy and so much fun. “

Aviation

Kids working hard and having fun at Airway Science for Kids.

Kids working hard and having fun at Airway Science for Kids.

It is probably no surprise that volunteering time to support kids and aviation would appeal to Global Aviation staff. For years Don Amon, IT Assistant, has volunteered with Airway Science for Kids, a non profit that uses aviation as means to teach kids math, science and technology, especially to those who are socially and economically challenged.  Amon says, “It’s engineering at its best. I enjoy the excitement of the kids and watching them get those ah-ha moments.” Find out how you can contribute at the Airway Science for Kids website.

In September, Global Aviation helped sponsor the sixth annual PNBAA Charity Golf Event at The Golf Club at Newcastlenear Washington’s Puget Sound. The PNBAA’s annual Charity Golf Event raises funds for the Raisbeck Aviation High School.Raisbeck Aviation High School (or RAHS), is an aviation and aerospace themed STEM school, focused on preparing students for college, careers and citizenship.

Cycling

In 2014, cycling was a fun way for Global Aviation staff to support their favorite charities. Charlotte Bolden, CSR Supervisor, Brian Lockhart, VP and Director of Maintenance, and Alan Baker, Assistant Line Service Manager, combined to pedal over 200 miles to Pacific City, Oregon, during “Reach the Beach.” The annual bike-riding event raises funds to help the American Lung Association save lives. You can participate in the event’s 25th anniversary year in May 2015 by registering yourself or sponsoring a rider.

Pilot Lance McAuley also cycles for a cause. He is a member of the Riding for Cures team (R4C) that raises money to support advocacy and fund research for cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. The team of 20 organized members participates in five to seven 100-mile events per year. Through private and corporate sponsorships over several years, the non-profit group has raised and donated over $150,000 to: JDRF: Type 1 Diabetes Research, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Diabetes Association.

Hunger

Kyla Arakaki gives back to the community by helping repackage food at the Oregon Food Bank

Kyla Arakaki gives back to the community by helping repackage food at the Oregon Food Bank

Kyla Arakaki, Charter Sales and Marketing, found her way to give back by volunteering her time at the Oregon Food Bank.  The organization works with a cooperative, statewide network of partner agencies to distribute emergency food to hungry families. Oregon Food Bank also fights hunger’s root causes through public policy advocacy, nutrition and garden education and work to strengthen community food systems.

“It is encouraging to know that a few hours of repackaging food can make a huge impact in local families lives,” said Arakaki.

Hospice Care

Charlotte Bolden, CSR Supervisor, weekly volunteers her time through Hospice & Palliative Care Partners. For over 30 years Care Partners has encircled patients and families facing serious illness with unprecedented levels of care and support. Specially-trained volunteers bring comfort and peace to patients and families in many ways. They provide companionship to patients in their homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living communities.   Whether you elect to visit patients, share a specific talent, or assist office staff, they value gifts of time and talent.

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