Sully believes deeply in giving back to the community. Sully and his wife Lorrie are longtime, active advocates on behalf of several community organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, EAA Young Eagles, Rory Staunton Foundation and the American Red Cross. The attention surrounding Flight 1549, says Sully, has given him “an extraordinary opportunity to help others in a much larger way.”
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs for the Blind was established in 1942 to assist veterans blinded in WWII. Today, GDB offers its life-long services free-of-charge to thousands of people throughout the United States and Canada. Its staff, volunteers and supporters are inspired by the vision: “We use our power of partnering to improve quality of life.” The organization depends on private donations and receives no government funding.
Kiddie Hawk Air Academy
The Kiddie Hawk Air Academy is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to introducing, educating, and sparking children’s interest in aviation. The Kiddie Hawk Trainers give children ages 4-9 a sense of flight, albeit only a few feet off the ground. It is the mission of the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy to give children the “spark” they need to help create the next generation of aviators and aviation Legends, while teaching them the importance of academic excellence to reach their aviation dreams. Our volunteers travel to schools, camps, museums, hospitals and aviation events where they have children interact with the Trainer, airplane components, models and speak to them about basic concepts in flight and aviation careers.
For more information go to http://kiddiehawkairacademy.org/
EAA Young Eagles
The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 – 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Since 1992, more than 1.8 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots.
Rory Staunton Foundation
The Rory Staunton Foundation was established by the parents of Rory Staunton after his death from sepsis in April 2012. They are working to reduce the number of sepsis caused deaths through education and outreach aimed at faster diagnosis and effective treatment of sepsis, particularly in children. It is also a comprehensive source of information for pediatric sepsis education and awareness. The Rory Staunton Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Make the Connection
Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provides personal testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. MakeTheConnection.net, is a one-stop resource where Veterans and their families and friends can privately explore information about physical and mental health symptoms, challenging life events, and mental health conditions.