Project Wingman USA is organized by furloughed/grounded airline staff wanting to help and support health care professionals during COVID-19. On May 6 we opened up our first so-called first class lounges at Flushing and Jamaica Medical Centers in Queens. They are fittingly the official hospitals for LaGuardia and JFK airports, respectively, and close to where a lot of NYC-based crew live, allowing for crew to take care of the professionals that usually take care of them.
The frontline healthcare workers have for months tirelessly been caring for people’s loved ones, and because of you, we are able to care for them.⠀
We have volunteers from eight different airlines (Norwegian Air, JetBlue, Delta, American, United, Spirit, Endeavor Air and Republic) and several hotel groups (including the Mandarin-Oriental). If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at www.projectwingmanusa.com/get-involved.⠀
In the past month, we’ve received more than 50,000 items from 30+ brands, most of them through our two amazing partners: Founders Give, an initiative launched by Cole Riley ; and FLAG (front-line appreciation group) of NYC, headed by Cari Gelber. The $3000 donated to Project Wingman so far via GoFundMe has helped us match donations from small local businesses by purchasing at cost, thereby often doubling the amount of goodies offered in our two lounges. United also donated 2000 pillows to make our lounges extra comfy, while partners Via and Volvo Cars have helped us with transportation logistics.⠀
We are sourcing donations directly from a number of providers, some sponsoring baked goods, beverages, etc., but we are also sourcing cash donations to help us buy anything from additional snacks and goodies to plants to put in the lounges to help cover transportation for donations or for grounded crew to get to the hospitals.
You can read more about Project Wingman USA in these recent articles from Forbes , New York Daily News , The Points Guy , and Travel and Leisure .
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Thank you again for your support, Project Wingman USA wouldn’t exist without it.
Project Wingman USA is a partner of FLAG-NYC (Front Line Appreciation Group).
Photos from our lounges:
- Phillip Keene
- Rachel Beausang
- Shannon McClatchey
- Les Weiss
- Daniel Lafler