Schubach Aviation is pleased to announced two charitable recipients for its 2016 giving campaign. Selected for their positive contributions to the San Diego community, the nonprofits are: (1) Promises2Kids, serving the critical needs of foster youth; and (2) Shelter to Soldier, bringing post-9/11 combat veterans together with trained, rescue dogs to help heal and move forward.
For a fourth year, Schubach Aviation will make a donation for every mile flown on the company’s private charter flights. Through this sincere, purpose-driven program, Schubach Aviation is not only raising critical funds for these non-profits, but they are also introducing each cause to their affluent client base who care about making a positive impact.
“The majority of our clients are philanthropic,” said Henry Schubach, president of Schubach Aviation. “We are inspired by their generosity and pleased to stand with them in giving back to our community. In addition to the funds generated by miles flown, we will support our two non-profit partners with special events & other fundraising opportunities throughout the year.” Schubach Aviation clients will also be given the opportunity to match the funds generated by their flight.
Founded 35 years ago to provide support to children removed from their home and placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect. On any given day in our community, there are over 3,000 children living in foster care. As a result of their trauma, 80% of foster children have mental health challenges and without support and guidance, less than half will complete high school and over 30% of will be homeless as adults. Promises2Kids is dedicated to creating a brighter future for foster children. A critical asset for the community, Promises2Kids helps youth get past the difficulties of their childhood and grow into healthy, happy and successful adults. Promises2Kids supports these children through its core programs: the Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars and Foster Funds. With Schubach Aviation’s support, foster youth will receive educational scholarships and experience activities like participation in summer camp where they can spend time with siblings who are in the care of separate foster families. A career day is planned at Schubach Aviation where foster youth will be able to see first-hand what work responsibilities are like for pilots, maintenance personnel and flight support staff who keep the brand’s safety record flawless.
“We are honored to be taken under their wing and be able to further our work with foster youth thanks to Schubach Aviation’s generosity,” noted Tonya Torosian, Chief Executive Officer of Promises2Kids. Learn more by visiting www.promises2kids.org.
Each year, five to seven million dogs enter shelters; and every day, a U.S. soldier commits suicide. Graham Bloem, a dog trainer with strong ties to the U.S. military, pondered these statistics and knew he could do something to help. Recently he founded Shelter to Soldier, a private San Diego non-profit organization whose mission is to train carefully selected shelter dogs and place them with U.S. military veterans afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in need of a companion service dog.
“When I heard about this organization and its mission, I was compelled to act,” said Henry Schubach, president and founder of Schubach Aviation. “Here was an opportunity to support two causes that are important to us: dogs and veterans. We’ve enjoyed a partnership with Shelter to Soldier since 2013 and have helped them rescue otherwise unwanted dogs and turn them into needed companions to our returning veterans who might be struggling to re-enter normal life here in our community.”
2016 marks a third yearlong fundraising campaign by Schubach Aviation whereby the company will donate one cent for every mile flown by its fleet of 12 private aircraft through December. Based on current mileage trends, the company expects to raise as much as $12,000 for the organization. Schubach Aviation will also give its customers the option of matching the company’s “one cent per mile” donation by also contributing to the cause. Corporal James Norvell and his service dog Ty with Shelter to Soldier founder Graham Bloem
In addition to the monetary donations, Schubach Aviation will partner with Shelter to Soldier to host fundraising events, and also promote the organization through the company’s strong media relationships.
“I’m thankful to Schubach Aviation for coming forward as a financial partner, and helping to raise community awareness of our organization’s mission and successes,” said Bloem. “Their support will go a long way to specially train, house and feed the selected shelter dogs, as well as cover medical care, equipment, travel and grooming costs. More important, Schubach Aviation is helping us save dogs’ lives and the lives of our local veterans.”
Bloem said that the average cost to rescue a dog and put it through the organization’s three-step training program before placing it with a veteran is $8,000 to $10,000. The organization relies solely on donations from individuals and businesses to operate.
A new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy announced last September denies benefits to veterans who use service dogs to help treat their PTSD. Under the new rules, which took effect October 5th, the VA will only pay for service dogs that aid veterans with “visual, hearing, or mobility impairments.” Meanwhile, studies estimate that one in five military personnel returning from Iraq or Afghanistan has PTSD, which disrupts daily life and sometimes leads to suicide.
“I’ve had the opportunity to see for myself time and again the tremendous impact that dogs can have on military personnel with PTSD,” said Bloem. “Probably the most rewarding part of what we do at Shelter to Soldier is placing a dog with a veteran once it’s gone through special training. It’s like no other feeling when I bring that dog to the individual and watch them connect, work together and become a team. Dogs have the ability to bring people suffering from PTSD out of their shell and back into normal, daily life through their devotion and unconditional love.”