PALS SkyHope Receives $100,000 Grant to Provide Free Flights for Residents of Western New York

PALS SkyHope Receives $100,000 Grant to Provide Free Flights for Residents of Western New York

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., (Dec. 2, 2022) PALS SkyHope announces that they have been awarded a $100,000 grant from Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. This funding will allow PALS to provide 253 free flights to underserved veterans and medical patients in Western New York PALS is able to serve these communities through a network of generous volunteer pilots who take them to the airport closest to their treatment or rehabilitation centers. Ultimately this grant helps the PALS mission to eliminate transportation and financial barriers to those receiving care through free flights for individuals with life-threatening or chronic medical conditions.

“We’re honored to receive this grant from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, which allows us to connect more Western New York residents to life-changing care.” said Donna Collins, Executive Director of PALS SkyHope

Flights in Western New York will be provided in the counties and cities mentioned below:

Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates.

Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara Falls, Batavia, Jamestown, Elmira, Lockport, Canandaigua, North Tonawanda, Geneva.

ABOUT PALS SKYHOPE: PALS SkyHope, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has over 27,000 passenger flights flown since inception in 2010. PALS arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring out-of-town or out-of-state medical treatment who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially; for compassionate assistance; and for humanitarian purposes. Through its extensive network of aviation assets (including volunteer pilots, commercial airlines, and corporate partners), PALS serves disadvantaged individuals. 

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ABOUT MARGARET L. WENDT FOUNDATION: Margaret L. Wendt Foundation was inspired by Margaret L. Wendt who spent her life participating in various community activities and was committed to contributing in any way she could in order to support her beloved city of Buffalo and Western New York area. The foundation continues the work she started by funding a variety of programs that promise to directly benefit the people of West New York. 


You have the power to make critical flights happen

To help a child battling a medical illness get a free flight to a doctor who can save their life. To connect a wounded veteran with a service dog. When you donate to PALS SkyHope, you support people fighting for their lives, and pilots using their skills for the greater good. SkyHope pilots have flown more than 30,000 free missions, lifting the burden for families. With your help, the sky’s the limit for how many missions we can fly and how many lives we can impact. Help us continue to make these flights possible