Houston Ground Angels
From Tony Castiglie, Vice President & Treasurer
In spite of the rash of website problems, September was a very productive month. The 234 missions we ran was the 4th busiest September ever. Under extremely & trying circumstances, the Mission Coordinators were successful in keeping the organization rolling. It was not easy.
Unfortunately, October was different. The 216 missions was the lowest October since 2009, the result of several contributing factors. Constant problems with the website discouraged volunteers from logging on. The word about our organization is really getting out & many patient requests are coming following contacts with the American Cancer Society & M.D. Anderson Social workers.
Our annual total is 2,118 & keeps us on track to hit our goal of 2,500 for the year. Thus far during 2016, 94 volunteers have run missions. The leaders - Charles Whitworth (201), Paulette Blackburn (168), Richard Chidlow (157), Charles Gibson (104) & Mary Hutto (79) - continue to lead the way. Thanks to all who run missions.
We continue in our ability to satisfy most mission requests but we hope to do better. Our fulfillment rate for the year is 91%, under our stated goal of 95%. Many of those missions not chosen by volunteers are those either late into the night or very early in the morning. However, with a big increase in the patient requests for our services, we have become short of having enough volunteers to satisfy some of those requests. Please do what you can to encourage others to join our ranks.
Four new volunteers joined us during September & October; Missy Callan & Kathie Byrd, both formerly with Angel Flight South Central Ground Crew, and Ricardo Perugine & Sandi Nizzi. Welcome aboard!
To every volunteer, "Thank You" for being part of this wonderful organization and making it the success that it is. Our expectation is that 2016 will be another great year ever!