Thank you for your interest in Honor Flights! There are many volunteer opportunities for those residing in the greater DC area. With over 250 anticipated Honor Flights arriving at one of the three DC area airports (BWI, DCA and IAD), there is something suitable for everyone.
Volunteers at the three airports do not need to be vaccinated against COVID, but all volunteers are expected to adhere to applicable COVID guidelines set forth by TSA, bus companies, and state or local municipalities.
The principal DC-based volunteer opportunities with Honor Flight Network are:
- Airport Support Crew
- Back End Ground Crew Operations
- Tour Guide
The Veterans LOVE to see your show of support as a greeter! Whether at the airport for the arrival, or at a Memorial stop along the way, greeters set the tone to show the Veterans that their service and sacrifices are appreciated and acknowledged.
Greeters are not required to be vaccinated but must adhere to the TSA mask requirements inside the airport and other local/state COVID guidelines. Also, greeters are asked to please maintain social distancing from the Veterans. For more information on volunteering as a greeter at the airport or Memorials, https://honorflightdca.com/volunteering/greeting/
Terminal Support Crew – finding that you’d like to do more than greet? Here’s an opportunity for you to get more involved! Each airport has a group of dedicated volunteers who are available for the arrivals and/or departures to assist the Honor Flight hubs through the airport. As a volunteer, you will be scheduled to assist the Terminal Support Crew Lead with specific duties to help the hub travel safely and efficiently through the airport.
For more information on becoming a volunteer with the DCA Ground Crew, please click here.
Back End Ground Crew – Can’t make it to the airport but would still like to help? The DCA Ground Crew Coordinator is always looking for time and talent that does not require airport duties. If interested, please email email@example.com.
Guardian – in order to ensure the Veterans’ safety and enjoyment of their day of honor, Veterans are assigned a guardian. Many hubs bring their own guardians, but some hubs rely on DC-based guardians, who meet them as they arrive at one of the three airports.
All DC-based guardians must receive formal training before serving an Honor Flight. DC-based guardians are typically provided meals, water, and validated parking at the airport. Guardians can specify which airports they can serve. Some hub travel by bus and will ask guardians to meet them at their first stop in DC.
Requirements for being a DC-based guardian: be physically fit and able to push a wheelchair throughout the day, lift 100 pounds and commit to the entire day (weekday or weekend). Guardians must adhere to the hub’s Special Health Protocols, mask requirements at the airport and on the bus.
For more information on becoming a trained DC-based guardian able to serve at any of the three airports click here https://honorflightdca.com/volunteering/guardians-2/
Tour Guides – many hubs like to have a DC-based Honor Flight volunteer tour guide who can enhance the Veterans’ experience with historical significance and information about the war memorials and other stops along the way. Tour guides will meet their hubs at one of the three airports (based on tour guide’s preferences). For more information on becoming an Honor Flight tour guide, [https://honorflightdca.com/volunteering/tourguides/].