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The work that volunteers do year-round make it possible for our 240,000 members to pursue their dreams of flight. EAA was built on a culture of volunteerism, powered by the ability of people doing their part to accomplish something great for everyone. That spirit goes back to Paul and Audrey Poberezny, EAA’s first family, who created something that gave grassroots aviation enthusiasts a place to gather, enjoy, and innovate. The existence and growth of EAA can be directly credited to the dedication of tens of thousands of volunteer through the years.
That spirit of volunteerism continues today. It shows in the thousands of volunteer leaders in EAA’s local chapters, the 50,000 EAA-member pilots who have contributed their time and airplanes to fly young people through the Young Eagles program, and in those who help guide and review aircraft projects for others.
Just here in Oshkosh, more than 250,000 volunteers’ hours are logged at AirVenture and throughout the year. EAA’s volunteers bring enthusiasm, dedication, and knowledge to make their organization a success. That shows through many EAA-member families, where there are second, third, and even fourth generations of volunteers. Along with making great things happen in aviation, EAA volunteers find their own aviation family and lifelong friends.
Here are just a few of them and their stories.