At least once or twice a year, most of us are able to spend time with our loved ones - reconnect, share, laugh with grandparents, siblings, children, aunts & uncles, cousins, parents, and good friends. During holidays, special occasions or in times of sickness and need, we have the resources to visit the people who are most important to us.
Unfortunately, for many low income families often living thousands of miles apart, its not so easy to see each other.
When low income families are struggling to pay the rent and buy food, spending money on a plane ticket is simply an impossibility. Countless families spend too many years apart - unable to travel due to finances, which is often made more difficult by restrictive immigration policies.
Hello Vuelo uses crowdfunding to purchase flights to reunite low income families. We connect families & friends who want to give with families & friends who are in need of support.
"Vuelo" means flight in Spanish and so our project - Hello Vuelo - means a flight to say hello to loved ones and reunite. All donations are tax-deductible.
We are reaching out to organizations on the ground providing support to immigrant detainees, such as Make the Road NY, National Bail Fund Network, and the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, to fund flights and bus tickets to reunite released detainees with family/friends/sponsors in the US.
Thousands and thousands of immigrants - including minors - are being held in detention centers across the country - trapped in a system that is difficult even for professional advocates to navigate. Legal staff, community organizations & volunteers are working hard to reunite immigrants with their families.
For many family members & family friends, the cost of travel when someone is released from detention is expensive & difficult to pay for on short notice. Hello Vuelo is partnering with legal & community organizations on the ground, such as Make the Road New York, to fund travel expenses for released immigrants to reunite them with family, friends, and sponsors in the US. These requests come up suddenly and we have to fund travel right away - otherwise detainees will often be left stranded once released in cities where they have no community. Please make a donation so we have funds available to cover these urgent travel costs!
Established community & legal aid organizations such as African Services Committee and Make the Road New York nominate low wage workers or their family members - we call them "Travelers" - for free trips through Hello Vuelo.
We work with community organizations so they can vet individual’s stories and ensure that they are in need of support. Travelers are from low income families and generally fall into the following categories:
there is a sudden health issue in the family and a low income family member cannot afford a trip to visit
there is a milestone event coming up (birth of a child, wedding, funeral) and the low income family member cannot afford to attend
These nominated low wage workers or their family members go up on our website with their narrative and pictures so people can read their stories, encouraging them to make donations to reunite low-income families.
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
If you would like to help us with fundraising, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Vuelo is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) - donations go directly towards trips to reunite low income families. We are a small group of people who believe low wages should not keep families apart and wanted to do something about it.
We partner with media companies, including Time of Day Media - a social justice media cooperative - to produce video/graphic content.
Hello Vuelo collaborates with amazing partner groups organizing low income communities for fair economic and immigration policies to select Travelers whose trips we fund. These are a few of the incredible organizations we are working with:
Make the Road New York builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York promotes equal rights and economic and political opportunity for immigrant New Yorkers through Community and Electoral Organizing, Leadership Development, Adult Education, Workforce, Youth Development, Legal and Support Services, and Strategic Policy Advocacy.
Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people. CPA's core strategies are community education and organizing, leadership development and alliance and movement building. CPA engages in community education and organizing around health and environmental justice,workers' rights, housing, immigrant rights, and other issues of concern to the organization's members and constituents.
Founded in 1981 by Ethiopian refugees to give a helping hand to other newcomers, today African Services is a multiservice agency based in Harlem and dedicated to assisting immigrants, refugees and asylees from across the African Diaspora.
ASC's programs address the needs of newcomers affected by war, persecution, poverty, and global health inequalities. ASC provides health, housing, legal, educational, and social services to 12,500 people each year. Staff representing more than 20 countries and speaking over 25 languages provide culturally and linguistically relevant support to this diverse and growing community.
Expanding HIV prevention and access to AIDS treatment and care is central to ASC's mission. African Services has taken this work from Harlem to the front lines of the global pandemic and now operates five HIV clinics in Ethiopia.
Are you an organization that works with low wage workers and/or low income families? Do you have members who are unable to see their loved ones due to finances? Please contact us at email@example.com