Lake County Honor Flight

aka LCHF   |   North Chicago, IL   |  www.lakecountyhonorflight.org

Mission

The mission of Lake County Honor Flight and the Honor Flight Network is to fly America's Veterans to Washington DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. The Lake County Honor Flight trip is FREE to the veteran. Top priority is given to America's most senior veterans-survivors of WWII-followed by Korean War Veterans, Vietnam Era Veterans and any veterans with a terminal illness who wish to visit their memorial. We serve veterans in the Northern part of Illinois. We fly out of General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ruling year info

2015

President & Director

Paula Carballido

Main address

P.O. Box 1187

North Chicago, IL 60064 USA

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EIN

47-3858397

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Honor Flight was started to fly WW II veterans to Washington DC to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifice. We're running out of time to take these remaining senior warriors on their tribute flight, but few apply due to poor health or lack of awareness of our program. We're reaching out to area nursing homes and assisted living to encourage elderly veterans still able to travel to enjoy "one last mission": this free flight and a chance to be treated like the heroes they are! Conversely, we have a long waiting list of Vietnam era veterans eager to take their Honor Flight, but who must wait for 1-3 years after applying due to lack of sufficient funds to take them all. Many are aging more quickly and dying at younger ages than prior veterans due to their exposure to Agent Orange and other toxins during their military service. We are actively working to partner with civic and other veteran-serving organizations to raise funds to fly all eligible veterans.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lake County Honor Flight Adventure

We take up to 23 veterans on a trip to Washington DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. We fly 2 to 3 times a year.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Lake County Honor Flight is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to flying America's Veterans to Washington DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Lake County Honor Flight's mission is to fly America's veterans from our geographic area to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifice at no cost to them. Our goal is to educate the broader community about how these heroes served our nation, and to gain the financial and logistical support necessary to provide each of them with a memorable tribute flight. It is a secondary goal to welcome each veteran to the Honor Flight "family" and help them feel connected to one another, as well as to the large pool of volunteers who want to serve them.

It's all about relationships! Our board members work to establish and strengthen partnerships with other veteran-serving organizations. We also provide outreach and education programs to community groups to inform them about Honor Flight services and to seek volunteers and financial support. In addition, we conduct fundraising events each year to generate income to cover the expenses incurred in providing each veteran with a 2-3 day unforgettable tribute adventure. We also hold a "veteran reunion" following each of our three annual flights, and veterans from the most recent and all prior Lake County Honor Flights are invited to attend. Finally, we focus on recruiting capable "guardians" so that each veteran on his/her Honor Flight has an assigned personal volunteer attendant for assistance for the duration of the trip.

Our 12-member board of directors assumes primary responsibility for developing programs and policy and raising funds. We also have recruited additional volunteers to serve as guardians, and to help with all other activities related to fundraising, conducting a welcome home celebration and helping at our fundraisers and other public education events.

We have evolved from being a start-up organization asking others for help into a mature non-profit that others contact to ask how THEY can help US! We have safely and successfully flown 272 veterans on their tribute Honor Flight, which many of them have described as the "unforgettable trip of a lifetime". Some of the veterans' wives have stated that they came back "changed men", due to the emotional healing and peaceful resolution that can take place during the Honor Flight experience.

We plan to again provide three Honor Flights to area veterans in 2019.

One upcoming special project is to hopefully develop a "flightless" Honor Flight for veterans unable or unwilling to actually fly to Washington D.C. We hope to partner with a local hospice organization to simulate the Honor Flight experience without ever having to leave the ground, thus enabling veterans in hospice care or who are too frail to travel to still experience their own special tribute.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We adopted an organization-wise non-discrimination policy for all board members, volunteers and the veterans we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Lake County Honor Flight

Board of directors
as of 12/07/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Paula Carballido

Skokie Valley Laundry & Cleaners

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Tonja Gordon

Community Action Partners (CAP), Lake County IL

Term: 2018 -

Stella Jones

Michael Miller

Pamela Brooks

PamDell LLC

Tonja Gordon

Community Action Partners

Harold Rollins Jr.

North Chicago Police Department

Linda Rockwell

JourneyCare

Janelle Rominski

Samatha Uhl

Lisa Madden

James "Jim" Benton

Vietnam veteran

John Passanante

Vietnam veteran

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/23/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/24/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.