Houston Ground Angels
Tony Castiglie, Vice President and Treasurer
I do not recall a single frost during this past Winter. Usually, I have some plants die back in Winter only to return in Spring. Not this year. Most vegetation remained green.
Signs of Spring are all around us: return to Daylight Saving Time, budding trees, and tons of pollen that goes along with that. This year, the first day of Spring (Vernal Equinox) is Thursday March 19. Is that unusual? The last time Spring began this early was 1896. (My wife tells me only I would know something like that!)
Regardless of the season, Houston Ground Angels continue to rock along.
Missions Run, February – 240.
Missions Run, 2020 – 479.
Daily Average – 8.
Monthly Average – 240.
Volunteers Running Missions – 45.
Unfulfilled Missions – 153 (26.23%).
Uber Missions – 56; 22% of total.
Of the 479 missions run this year, 67% were run by the Archangels, our Top Ten Volunteers. Who are they? Pretty much, same as last year.
Top 10 Volunteers – 2020
Charles Whitworth 67
Derek King 19
Buena Burnett 13
Edie Cantu 13
Peggy Johnson 10
Bob Joyce 10
We are deeply appreciative for the dedication of all our volunteers, but there are always a few who stand out. Dick Stabell, Charles Whitworth, Gerry Rein and Sandra Begalke are continuing their outstanding mission totals. Other volunteers are also on their way. Where would we be without them!
The real success of this organization has always been those select few who run lots of missions, some who have been with us for many years and have chalked up big numbers. The accumulative contribution of these volunteers:
All Time & Still Active
Charles Whitworth 1,885
Sandra Begalke 1,180
Charles Gibson 860
Mary Hutto 636
Houston Ground Angels has now completed over
since it began as a separate entity back in 2006!
Uber continues to work out well in filling some gaps for some truly needy patients. We no longer provide blanket, across the board, Uber rides for patients whose requests we are unable to fulfill with volunteers. Over the years Mission Coordinators Mary Hutto & Kathy Cardiff have developed a relationship with most patients and are able, for the most part, to identify the truly needy. So we now rely on their judgement.
We will continue to closely monitor the Uber program.
Through the efforts of Director Derek King, working with a volunteer group from Insperity, we are making some major progress in getting the Mission Management System under control. The addition of Derek to the board has been a big plus. It has been a long and tedious process but Derek has to be commended for his persistence and dedication.
February did not bring us any new volunteers although we had one returning volunteer. Ben Dyer, who resides in the Champions/FM1960 area originally joined our organization in August 2009. After several years’ hiatus, we welcome Ben back.
As always, to every Volunteer who steps up, thanks for your contribution. The year 2020 should be an interesting and productive year for Houston Ground Angels. Wishing everyone good health and prosperity. Peace and love to all.