Houston Ground Angels seeking volunteers to drive patients to Texas Medical Center

HGA driver Derek King picks up a patient from David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring before transporting her to the Texas Medical Center. (Courtesy Derek King)
HGA driver Derek King picks up a patient from David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring before transporting her to the Texas Medical Center. (Courtesy Derek King)

HGA driver Derek King picks up a patient from David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring before transporting her to the Texas Medical Center. (Courtesy Derek King)

Houston Ground Angels, a nonprofit organization that provides transportation between local airports and the Texas Medical Center for patients with cancer and other life-threatening diseases and illnesses, is in need of volunteer drivers across the Greater Houston area.

When HGA began in 2000, the network of volunteers completed about 300 “missions,” or patient transports; by comparison, in 2019 HGA ran 3,800 missions—a 50% increase from 2017, according to Derek King, a 10-year volunteer in the Spring and Klein community.

“We are a volunteer group being overwhelmed by the increased ride requests,” King said. “We seriously need added volunteers who can provide just one or two rides a month. The gratitude expressed by patients who often have to return for multiple treatments touches the hearts of all our volunteers.”

Ground Angel volunteers must be licensed drivers with insured vehicles and are required to complete a routine background check when signing up. Other volunteers in the same part of town will also provide mentorship for new volunteers.

Drivers can select missions that are convenient to their home or place of work, and each mission takes about two to three hours to complete.


“Driver volunteers give their time, vehicle and gas used to take the local journey out of the stress of traveling into Houston for their medical treatment,” King said. “There is no cost to the patient.”

In addition to larger airports such as George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport, HGA also runs missions to and from the following local airports:

  • Baytown Airport

  • Cleveland Municipal Airport

  • Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport

  • David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport

  • Ellington Airport

  • Houston Executive Airport

  • Houston Southwest Airport

  • La Porte Municipal Airport

  • Pearland Regional Airport

  • Sugar Land Regional Airport

  • Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport

  • West Houston Airport


For more information about HGA and how to become a volunteer, click here.
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By Hannah Zedaker

Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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