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Hello Vuelo


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Hello Vuelo


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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 & need, we have the resources to visit the people who are most important to us.

Unfortunately, for many low wage workers often residing thousands upon thousands of miles from the people they love, 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 & airline miles donations (minimum 10,000 miles) 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. 


I have not seen my mother since fleeing from Guinea and the threat of military violence in 2010. I want to see her before she dies so she can see that I have survived.
— Asmaou Bah
Asmaou and her mother before she had to flee her home country, Guinea

Asmaou and her mother before she had to flee her home country, Guinea


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Current Travelers


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Current Travelers


San Francisco to Toishan, China

My name is Wan Qing and I am a restaurant worker in Chinatown in San Francisco. I serve food at a deli and manage the counter as a cashier also. It is difficult to find a better job because I do not know English. I cannot afford the plane tickets to China due to my low-wage job. In a few years, my children will hopefully be going to college but I am still very worried about their tuition -  every penny that I have now I save it up for my son's tuition. I try my best to save money but I still cannot achieve my dream to go back to Mainland China with my family. READ MORE. . .

FLIGHT CREW: 

PARTNER ORGANIZATION: Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco 


San Francisco to Guangzhou, China

I was born in Guangzhou, China and migrated here to the United States in 1999 when I was about 50 years old. Since Ive been in the US, I have worked at a bakery store, garment factory, and laundry store. Now, I work for In-Home Supportive Services as a housekeeper.

I would really like to travel to Guangzhou to see my son as well as my uncle, auntie, older sister, son, and younger brother. I would especially like to see them during the Chinese New Year next year so we celebrate the holidays together. READ MORE. . .

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PARTNER ORGANIZATION: Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco 

 

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How It Works


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How It Works


Established community & legal aid organizations such as 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 with a joint family income of $40,000 or less (for family of four) and generally fall into the following categories:

  • have not seen loved one for over 2 years due to low income
  • 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 profile and pictures so people can read their stories. For each Traveler, we recruit a primary fundraiser - their "Flight Crew" - who will take the lead in fundraising for the trip but allow any person to donate miles (minimum one way flight) or money to any trip.

If you would like to be a lead fundraiser for a trip, please contact us at hellovuelo@gmail.com


100% of all donations go to Travelers. Hello Vuelo is entirely volunteer run & takes no portion of donations.


At this point, donations are not tax deductible - if the project goes well, we will take the steps secure non-profit status. 

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About Us


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About Us


Hello Vuelo is a volunteer run project - 100% of all donations go directly towards trips for 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.

Time of Day Media - a social justice media cooperative based - provides media support for this project.

Hello Vuelo works with amazing partner groups organizing low income communities for fair economic and immigration policies. These are a few of the organizations we are working with:

Make the Road New York

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.

National Domestic Workers Alliance

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women.

 

Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco

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.


Want to become a partner organization?

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 hellovuelo@gmail.com