This spring, I volunteered at Day In The Sky in Watsonville and had a great time. Shared Adventures of Santa Cruz organized free airplane rides to challenged children and their guests. That day, 35 pilots made 120 flights and flew 350 people.
This fall, some of the same organizers are putting on Take Flight for Kids at the Hayward Airport on September 30th. Volunteers and pilots are still needed, and there is a signup form on the website.
Update: We had a fantastic day, and many wonderful memories were made. There were 98 plane rides with about 400 people flying. The weather was marginal, which did delay the start of flying, and prevented some pilots from being able to fly to the event, so there were some waits for flights and some kids turned away, unfortunately. For those turned away, or anyone with a child aged 8-17 interested in flying, visit the EAA Young Eagles program to request information about an opportunity to go flying.