I'm Sort of Connected to a Nobel Peace Prize
By emilycsims on February 03, 2011
Today I found out that a charity I have volunteered with for the last two years has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. WOW. I am so thrilled with this news! Wings of Hope is a truly wonderful organization that deserves all of the attention and honor this nomination brings. They are on a short list of 150 nominees, and I sincerely hope that they are awarded the prize in September.
WoH is an aviation charity based in St. Louis, Mo, that serves two main purposes. Internationally, they use small aircraft to fly medical professionals around the world to places that are otherwise impossible to reach, such as Congo and Somalia. They have over 150 bases in more than 40 countries.
Stateside, they use a free air ambulance as part of their Medical Relief and Air Transport program to fly children with birth defects who live in areas without adequate medical care or who can’t afford adequate medical care to hospitals in the Midwest.
For the last two years, I’ve put together their newsletter and a few other design projects for them. Nothing major like flying into a remote African village to provide medical care, but it’s my little bit. I’ve worked with the charity’s president, Doug Clements, who is one of the most passionate and dedicated people I know. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy who knows how to Get Things Done.
Aside from the work they do, I love Wings of Hope because they are a non-profit charity with no political, religious, racial, or sectarian ties to anything. They do what needs doing, and that’s all that matters.
If you’d like to learn more, you can Google them or go to their web site: http://www.wings-of-hope.org/ The site is a bit clunky, but you’ll get the idea. You can also make a donation here. If you’re in St. Louis and you'd like to volunteer with them, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the right people!
If you’re wondering how I got hooked up with them, I used to live in St. Louis (I'm in Vegas now). I used Volunteer Match to find a non-profit I could help, and then got in contact with WoH.
I blog about my life in Las Vegas at Emily in Vegas.
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