Every month October through June, between 10 and 20 small private planes wing their way from airports throughout California, Arizona and Nevada to historic El Fuerte in the State of Sinaloa, Mexico.
Over 100 dentists, audiologists, physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, anesthetists, nurse and translators and others spend the weekend working to improve health and provide hope to the underserved people of Sinaloa Mexico.
On their return to the USA, volunteers know that they made a lasting impact on the local people and will have experienced a trip of a lifetime.
Located at the foot of the Sierra Madres and an entry point to the Copper Canyon, El Fuerte is a colonial town dating back to the 1500’s, with its stone fort, hence the name El Fuerte, this is a wild and desolate region of Northern Mexico with limited health care resources for the underprivileged. Some patients come by foot from as far a several hundred miles to seek treatment.
Working with state of the art, donated equipment, volunteers help tens of thousands of persons every year, and provide millions of dollars in services and equipment to the local people. 100% of donations are delivered directly to the people we serve in services and equipment. Liga is a California registered 501(c)(3) corporation.
The impact of Liga’s work is felt far beyond the borders of Mexico. Volunteers who spend just one life-changing weekend with us, expand their skills, confront challenges not encountered at home and return home with just a little bit more love in their hearts.
“Service to others” is not just a cliché for the Real Estate team of Earley Schick..
Both Ben Schick and Michael Earley share their passion for volunteer service as members of the United States Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol (CAP). The Air Force includes CAP as part of the Air Forces “total force”, effectively incorporating CAP in non-combat missions on behalf of the Air Force.
As a strategic partner, the unpaid professionals in CAP have boldly served our nation saving the Air Force almost 40 times the cost of using military assets for each hour served. CAP provides 85 percent of inland search and rescue and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security and remain continually postured to offer more.
Ben Schick has been a CAP member since 2003 and has risen to the rank of Lt. Col., the highest-ranking officer in Squadron 51, which is based at the Santa Monica Airport. He is a search and rescue mission pilot, instructor pilot and airman check pilot.
Michael Earley involvement in CAP began 3 years ago and he is actively pursuing mission aircrew scanner, the position that searches from the airplane for whatever the mission requirement. His expertise in photography have served him in excelling in that role.
CAP search and rescue missions typically call for flying very slow and low, in areas other pilots have gotten themselves into trouble, it is serious business for both the airplane and aircrew. The dangers are mitigated by rigorous training, mission planning, threat assessment and many support crews, both in other aircraft and on the ground. Often the Aircrew directs the ground search and recovery efforts with its advantage to see a much wider area.
CAP’s Core Values are Integrity, Volunteerism, Excellence and Respect, all attributes that Ben and Michael hold dear and bring to the table when serving their Real Estate clients and exemplified in the manner in which they lead their lives.
In addition to Emergency Services CAP’s other charters are Aerospace Education and Cadet Program. Civil Air Patrols award winning aerospace education program promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM-related careers with engaging, standards-based, hands-on curriculum and activities. It shapes the experiences and aspirations of youth both in and outside of CAP’s cadet program.
CAP’s cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. Michael as served as the Education Officer and Ben has worked with cadets in their effort to become licensed pilots.
Many of the nation’s astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientist first explored their careers through CAP.