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United Airlines Donates $1 Million to Feeding America's Shutdown Response Fund

January 25, 2019

CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today that in response to Feeding America's increased need for support as a result of the government shutdown, the airline is donating $1 million to the organization's Shutdown Response Fund. This donation will directly support the food banks that are providing food for families of federal workers, who need assistance following their loss of income.

"On behalf of the United family, I would like to thank the countless federal employees who have made a large sacrifice to ensure our safety despite not being paid, and we hope this contribution provides them much-needed support. Even with today's announcement, there is continued need among federal employees, in addition to the important programs that Feeding America administers," said Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines. "We continue to urge our leaders to work in a bipartisan way over the coming weeks to ensure the long-term certainty on which our industry and the overall economy depends."

"Feeding America is thankful to our long-time partner, United Airlines, for stepping up, yet again, to help families in need. Even after the government is re-opened, many hardworking families will likely suffer the lingering impact of this crisis," said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, chief executive officer of Feeding America. "This donation will support Feeding America member food banks as they provide immediate and longer-term assistance to people impacted by the furlough as they get back on their feet in the coming months."

Today's announcement builds on United's ongoing efforts to support the federal workers who work side-by-side with the United team every day to get customers where they need to go safely and on time. This includes working with Feeding America member food banks to set up and provide food distribution centers at United's seven hub airports and New York's LaGuardia Airport, and distributing care packages to federal employees twice a week throughout February. United will continue to work with Feeding America and other charitable partners to assess expanding support if and where it is needed.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,800 flights a day to 353 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 770 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 559 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Giving Tuesday: United to Donate up to 6 Million Miles

November 16, 2018

CHICAGO, Nov. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27, United Airlines announced today that the airline will match customer donations of MileagePlus miles to the airline's featured Charity Miles partners up to 6 million miles.  MileagePlus members who visit donate.mileageplus.com beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and donate 1,000 miles or more to the charity of their choice through Dec. 21 will have their donation matched mile for mile up to 5 million miles by United Airlines. Additionally, every time the hashtag #UnitedCharityMiles is used on social media channels Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook in support of the United in Giving campaign, the airline will donate 1,000 miles per post, up to 1 million miles for a total of up to 6 million miles donated.

"As our customers begin to think about ways to give back this holiday season, we will double their impact on the charities that matter most to them," said Sharon Grant, United's VP Community Affairs. "Donating miles is a powerful way to make a difference."

Customers can learn about the charities and impact of their donation by visiting donate.mileageplus.com. United begins this mile matching campaign by celebrating Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, encouraging philanthropy and celebrating generosity worldwide.

United's commitment to its charitable partners are a part of the airline's continued efforts to break down barriers and promote inclusion, fly towards a more sustainable future, lift up communities in crisis after a disaster and inspire the next generation of leaders. Throughout 2018, more than 73 million MileagePlus miles have been donated to charity partners through United's Charity Miles. The airline has also demonstrated this commitment to its communities, such as the Critical Need Grants program, which invested a total $8 million to nine different organizations, addressing a critical need identified by local leadership in each of United Airline's hub market communities – Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

 

 

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United Airlines Offers Funds, Bonus Miles and First Responder Assistance in Response to California Wildfires

November 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today reaffirmed its commitment to California and to lifting up communities in need by announcing $150,000 in direct donations to Ventura County Community Foundation and North Valley Community Foundation for their efforts in areas affected by the ongoing California wildfires, while launching a new Crowdrise by GoFundMe campaign to award up to five million bonus miles for individuals who make donations of $50 or more. All funds will go toward efforts to support affected communities in California. The airline also continues to work with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and both community foundations with offers to fly first responders who need to get in or around California.

"United is deeply connected to the affected communities and with a profound sense of both sadness and duty during this difficult time, we are proud to offer our assistance," said Janet Lamkin, United's president for California. "We will continue to engage our generous customers, employees and MileagePlus members and work with local leadership to support all those affected by these devastating fires."

Donations to the Crowdrise by GoFundMe campaign support three relief partners: American Red Cross, Ventura County Community Foundation and North Valley Community Foundation. This commitment to American Red Cross is in addition to United's annual gift to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Since the fires began, this annual funding has enabled the organization to mobilize its immediate response to support evacuees in emergency shelters and provide food, water and other needed services.

"Stepping forward during treacherous times is the sign of great leadership and, in this case, a great company," said Vanessa Bechtel, Executive Director of Ventura County Community Foundation. "With United's generous donation to support those impacted by the wildfires, Ventura County Community Foundation is able to provide direct financial support to help get our community back on its feet."

"The generosity of United helps provide shelter, food and hope, making a compassionate difference for people affected by the destructive wildfires in California," said Elizabeth Penniman, vice president, Communications at the American Red Cross.

"The outpouring of support is immense and amid the flames and smoke it is a ray of light. We are so grateful to United Airlines for immediately responding with care and support," said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of North Valley Community Foundation.

Today's announcement builds on United's continued commitment to California and recent campaigns to aid in response to wildfires and other disasters. Over the last 12 months, United has raised and donated more than $900,000 to help communities affected by the wildfires.

The airline is offering a travel waiver for customers ticketed on flights to, from or through Los Angeles International Airport, Hollywood Burbank Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Customers may reschedule their itineraries for travel through Nov. 25 with a one-time date or time change, and the airline will waive the change fees and any difference in fare for flights booked in the same cabin and same arrival/destination airports. United will continue to monitor conditions and will make updates and announcements on its Twitter handle @United and on united.com.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

 

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United Airlines Announces Additional Matching Funds for Hurricane Michael and Other Disaster Relief Efforts

October 12, 2018

CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today reaffirmed its commitment to lifting up communities in need by announcing the matching of an additional $100,000 for those affected by Hurricane Michael, while continuing to award up to 5 million bonus miles for individuals who make donations of $50 or more for hurricane and typhoon relief efforts. 

Today's announcement builds upon the ongoing Crowdrise fundraising campaign for those affected in the U.S. and around the world by hurricane and typhoon season. Since the initial launch of the Crowdrise fundraising campaign in September, the airline has raised nearly $200,000 from which relief partners were able to begin providing immediate relief to those affected by hurricane and typhoon season. Following the devastation from Hurricane Michael, United added $100,000 in matching funds, and will continue to award up to 5 million bonus miles for individuals who make donations of $50 or more.

Donations support the airline's relief partners that aid in the U.S. and internationally: AirLink, American Red Cross, Americares, Global Giving and Feeding America.

"Working with each of our unique relief partners is critical in supporting relief efforts and we at United are proud to do what we can to help those communities impacted this year," said Community Affairs Vice President Sharon Grant. "United will continue to engage our generous customers, employees and MileagePlus members in providing support throughout this 2018 hurricane and typhoon season."

"The Red Cross is proud to partner with United to provide urgently needed relief for people affected by disasters big and small across the country," said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross.

"The number and intensity of recent disasters have put a real strain on the disaster response community," says Airlink President and CEO Steven Smith. "United Airlines' disaster relief campaign is a critical component of Airlink's response to Hurricane Michael and other humanitarian events around the world. This support enables us to get more responders on flights and into communities affected by disaster."

Throughout the Crowdrise campaign, United will continue working directly with its partner organizations and engage with community leaderships to properly address disaster impact and provide assistance to rebuild affected communities. The online platform is currently scheduled to be available for donations through Oct. 31. As the level of impact on affected communities develops, United continues to monitor assistance to customers and communities around the world in need.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

 

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United Airlines Announces $1 Million Grant To Support Immigrant Legal Advocacy

August 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announces a $1 million grant to the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) to increase its advocacy and community engagement endeavors in the immigrant community. The four-year grant will allow SFILEN's Rapid Response Network to add staff and to strengthen its legal and education services. United's grant also will help SFILEN provide mental health evaluations and interpretation services.

With this grant, SFILEN will add two full-time staff members to a team that provides critical services to thousands of immigrants every year. The grant also will allow SFILEN to provide 50 mental-health evaluations each year and will provide for 240 hours of language interpretation for SFILEN's hotline, legal consultations and clinics.

"United cares deeply about investing in communities we serve," said Janet Lamkin, United's President of California. "We have been a part of the San Francisco community for 90 years, and we are proud to help SFILEN in its important work with the immigrant community."

"SFILEN is very grateful for the partnership with United Airlines and we are very excited about what we can accomplish together," said SFILEN Director of Immigrant Rights Marisela Esparza.

"Now more than ever, it is critical that we support our immigrant communities," said San Francisco Mayor London Breed. "United's contribution will allow SFILEN to expand their immigration services and further strengthen San Francisco's commitment to serving our diverse communities."

Today's announcement is the eighth and final in a series of grants United has made in all its domestic hub markets. Each grant is a part of a total of $8 million to help address critical needs identified by local leadership in each of its hub-market communities—Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., Denver, New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The announcement represents United's commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

About San Francisco Immigration Legal Education Network (SFILEN)

The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network's (SFILEN) mission is to promote full access to social services, direct legal services, civic engagement, legalization, freedom of movement, and reunification with family and community, for all immigrants and their families regardless of their immigration status. SFILEN is made up of the following 13 organizations: African Advocacy Network, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Central American Resource Center, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Filipino Community Center, La Raza Centro Legal, La Raza Community Resource Center, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights, Causa Justa:: Just Cause, and Dolores Street Community Services as the lead agency. SFILEN represents immigrants from African and Afro-Caribbean, Arab, Asian, and Latino communities, providing free immigrant legal assistance and community education to low-income immigrants in San Francisco.

 

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United Airlines Launches Online Campaign for Disaster Relief Efforts

September 20, 2018

CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, United Airlines reaffirms its commitment to lifting up communities in need, launching a Crowdrise fundraising campaign for those affected in the U.S. and around the world by hurricane and typhoon season.

United is expanding its disaster relief contributions by launching a Crowdrise fundraising campaign to support those affected by Hurricane Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut, flooding in Western Japan, wildfires in California and other disasters. Donations will support the airline's relief partners that provide assistance in the U.S. and internationally: AirLink, American Red Cross, Feeding America, Americares, and Global Giving. United will match the first $50,000 raised and provide up to a total of 5 million bonus miles to give to individuals who make donations of $50 or more.

"Launching this campaign follows the success United found last year, raising more than $3 million to support individuals impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria," said Community Affairs Vice President Sharon Grant. "United is excited to invite our generous customers, employees and MileagePlus members to once again support communities in need of relief."

Throughout the Crowdrise campaign, United will work directly with its partner organizations and engage with community leaderships to properly address disaster impact and provide assistance to rebuild affected communities. The online platform is currently scheduled to be available for donations through Oct. 31. As the level of impact on affected communities develops, United continues to monitor assistance to customers and communities around the world in need.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

 

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United Airlines Commits to a Cleaner Future; Becomes First U.S. Airline to Pledge to Reduce Own Emissions by 50 Percent by 2050

September 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to publicly commit to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050, further strengthening the carrier's ambition to be the world's most environmentally conscious airline. United's pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent relative to 2005 represents the equivalent of removing 4.5 million vehicles from the road each year, or the total number of cars in Los Angeles and New York City combined. The airline will continue to invest in the company's ongoing environmental initiatives to support this commitment, including expanding the use of more sustainable aviation biofuels, welcoming newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft into its fleet and implementing further operational changes to better conserve fuel.

"At United, we believe there is no point in setting challenging and ambitious goals without also taking tangible steps towards achieving them, especially when it comes to securing the health of our communities and our planet," said Oscar Munoz, United's chief executive officer. "While we're proud to be first U.S. carrier taking such an ambitious step, it is a distinction we look forward to sharing as the rest of the industry catches up and makes similar commitments to sustainability."

Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Flight from San Francisco to Zurich

To celebrate this significant milestone, United will operate flight 44 tomorrow from its hub in San Francisco to Zurich with the carrier's most fuel-efficient aircraft – the Boeing 787 – via a blend of sustainable aviation fuel supplied by World Energy's California-based AltAir Fuels. The airline will use 16,000 gallons of biofuel at a 30/70 blend with conventional jet fuel for the flight to Zurich, representing the longest transatlantic flight to date - and longest by a U.S. airline - powered by a biofuel volume of this size. United has sourced more than 2 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel since 2016 and is responsible for more than 50 percent of the airline industry's commitments to biofuel.

United's Commitment to the Environment

United's commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions represents yet another first for the airline in an extensive list of innovative initiatives undertaken to reduce its impact on the environment. Several of United's most significant environmental achievements include:

  • Becoming the first airline globally to use sustainable aviation biofuel on an ongoing daily basis, marking a significant milestone in the industry by moving beyond test programs and demonstrations to the everyday use of low-carbon biofuels in ongoing operations.
  • Investing more than $30 million in California-based sustainable aviation fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy, which remains the single largest investment by any airline globally in alternative fuels. United's agreement to purchase nearly 1 billion gallons from Fulcrum BioEnergy is the largest offtake agreement for biofuel in the airline industry.
  • Becoming the first airline to fly with Boeing's Scimitar winglets, which reduce fuel consumption by an additional 2 percent; United is the largest Scimitar winglet operator today, with nearly 400 aircraft equipped with these winglets.
  • Becoming the first U.S. airline to repurpose items from the carrier's international premium cabin amenity kits and partnering with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.
  • Eliminating non-recyclable plastic stirring sticks and cocktail picks on aircraft and replacing them with an environmentally-friendly product made of 100 percent bamboo.
  • Continuing to replace its eligible ground equipment with cleaner, electrically powered alternatives, with nearly 40 percent of the eligible fleet converted to date.

United's Award-Winning Eco-Skies Program

United's award-winning Eco-Skies program represents the company's commitment to the environment and the actions taken every day to create a sustainable future. In 2017, Air Transport World magazine named United the Eco-Airline of the Year for the second time since the airline launched the Eco-Skies program. This year, United Airlines ranked No. 1 among global carriers in Newsweek's Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world's largest publicly traded companies.

For more information on United's commitment to environmental sustainability, visit united.com/ecoskies.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28-member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

 

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Hitting the Links for Inclusion: With Help from United Airlines, Special Olympics Athletes Tee It Up with PGA TOUR Pros

August 23, 2018

PARAMUS, N.J., Aug. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, United Airlines, the Official Airline of the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and Web.com Tour, flew nine top Special Olympics golfers to THE NORTHERN TRUST for an inside-the-ropes, VIP experience with three PGA TOUR players: Rafa Cabrera Bello, James Hahn, and J.J. Spaun. Through this unified day of play, United aligned its recently expanded relationship with Special Olympics and partnership with the PGA TOUR as a part of its continued efforts to break down barriers and promote inclusion.

"As United looked at opportunities with THE NORTHERN TRUST tournament and our partnership with PGA TOUR, we saw a unique opportunity and we are so proud to bring together Special Olympics and PGA TOUR golfers for this incredible experience together," said Suzi Cabo, United's Managing Director of Corporate and Community Affairs. "Today was about joining people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to promote social inclusion on and off the field of play."

"So excited I felt so other worldly to be able to play with the pro, the accommodations from United Airlines, just everything is more than words," said Kyle Aragon, Special Olympics Southern California. "My favorite part was getting out to play golf, it's meeting new people, getting to express real feelings and have them bounce that back. It's a very pleasurable experience."

The Special Olympics golfers received a true PGA TOUR player experience. After VIP transportation to The Ridgewood Country Club, the athletes were escorted to their personal lockers in the locker room and then participated in a skills clinic led by New Jersey PGA professionals. Each athlete was then officially announced on the first tee. Following three holes of play, the athletes and their guests attended a reception in the United Airlines Fairway Club.

"United and Special Olympics' shared vision of unity and inclusion illustrates what the game of golf is all about, and on behalf of THE NORTHERN TRUST and the PGA TOUR, we were truly honored to play a role in what was a memorable experience for everyone involved," said Julie Tyson, Senior Vice President of Championship Management, PGA TOUR and Executive Director of THE NORTHERN TRUST. "There is no more fitting a venue to celebrate these accomplished athletes than at a PGA TOUR event, playing right alongside the top 125 players in the world."

"You can just tell how hard they work at what they do, and how passionate they are about the game, and the sport," said J.J. Spaun, PGA TOUR professional. "[Golf is] a great sport where you can have things like this. You can bring people together from everywhere and just have a blast and that is what we did today and I'm sure they had a fun time."

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, with over 5 million athletes in 172 countries. Through connecting golfers from two of United's relationships, this event epitomizes the mission of Special Olympics in that it joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to promote social inclusion. Earlier this year, United Airlines announced the expansion of their relationship with Special Olympics globally, celebrating in their shared vision to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.

ABOUT UNITED
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

ABOUT THE NORTHERN TRUST 
THE NORTHERN TRUST is the first of four events in the FedExCup Playoffs, the culmination of the season-long competition that is the centerpiece of the PGA TOUR Season. Played in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area, THE NORTHERN TRUST features do-or-die drama as the top 125 players compete to advance, and for one in five, their season will end. With strong ties to the essential elements of New York culture, the event is a celebration of fashion, food and the best golfers on the planet. Many of the world's top players have won THE NORTHERN TRUST including Adam Scott, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and 2017 champion Dustin Johnson, who won the event for the second time in a thrilling playoff over Jordan Spieth. Since the tournament's inception in 1967, it has generated more than $48 million for New York/New Jersey Metropolitan-area charities.

ABOUT NORTHERN TRUST 
Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and 22 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of June 30, 2018, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US $10.7 trillion, and assets under management of US $1.1 trillion. For more than 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust. Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at https://www.northerntrust.com/disclosures.

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS 
Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 6 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in more than 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including Bank of America, the Christmas Records Trust, The Coca-Cola Company, ESPN, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Lions Clubs International, Microsoft, Safilo Group, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, TOYOTA, United Airlines, and The Walt Disney Company. Click here for a full list of partners. Engage with us on: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and our blog on Medium. Learn more at https://www.specialolympics.org/.

 

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United Airlines Announces $2 Million Grant Among Three New York and New Jersey Non-Profits

July 18, 2018

NEWARK, N.J., July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) announced today a $2 million grant to be split between the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Urban League of Essex County, and Year Up New York. These organizations were selected for their work within the local communities that surround Newark Liberty International Airport and their dedication to vital workforce development programs giving people opportunities for the future.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide support to multiple New York and New Jersey communities to help individuals build their professional and personal development job skills," said Jill Kaplan, president, New York/New Jersey for United Airlines. "The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Urban League of Essex County, and Year Up New York align to our core values as a company and the grants will provide new opportunities for each organization to further promote their missions."

United's contribution of a half-million dollars to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which serves the city of Elizabeth and neighboring counties, will support the Food Service Training Academy (FSTA). The Academy is a 15 week culinary program which provides the skills and training necessary for an entry-level job in the food-service industry. FSTA is open to low-income people who are facing obstacles to employment, including formerly incarcerated individuals seeking re-entry, people in recovery from substance use disorders and women re-entering the workforce.

"The Food Service Training Academy exemplifies the Community FoodBank of New Jersey's commitment to addressing poverty, the root cause of hunger, by providing graduates with marketable job skills that can lead to a living wage," said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO, Community FoodBank of New Jersey. "United's generous contribution will sponsor the recruitment and education of incoming FSTA students to help break the cycle of poverty for dozens of Elizabeth residents."

Further, the donation of a half-million dollars to Urban League of Essex County will support the development and improvement of a new soft skills program for residents within the city of Newark, New Jersey to support the Newark 2020 Hire. Buy. Live. initiative. The organization supports disadvantaged urban residents through programs that drive sustainable social and economic self-sufficiency.

"The Urban League of Essex County's mission is to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency and we are very grateful for the generous grant from United Airlines to help families secure meaningful employment and manage their finances and build assets," said Vivian Cox Fraser, President and CEO, Urban League of Essex County. "The grant will allow the Urban League to provide integrated services to families that will ensure longer term success. When we help people develop the skills they need to compete for living-wage jobs, we are creating opportunities to increase economic vitality of our communities."

Lastly, the investment of one million dollars to Year Up New York will support the organization in its efforts to scale the program in New York City and create a pilot software development track, which will include data analytics, software development, and an increased focus on cyber security.

"There is a growing technology job market in New York City that is out of reach for many individuals," said John Galante, Executive Director at Year Up New York. "United's investment in Year Up New York's software development track and expansion will enable us to train our young adults with the right skills that are in-demand now and will continue to be in-demand in the future. The impact of this work will change the lives of many and give opportunities for deserving youth in New York City."

Today's announcement is the sixth in a series of announcements United is making in all its domestic hub markets over the coming weeks. Each grant is a part of a total of $8 million in grants to help address critical needs identified by local leadership in each of its hub market communities – Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C. The announcement represents United's commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work. With these grants, United will work hand-in-hand with local organizations and engage with city and community leadership to create profound, sustainable advancements.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

About Urban League of Essex County

The Urban League of Essex County was founded in 1917 by William Ashby, the first black social worker in New Jersey.  The organization is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.  The Urban League of Essex County offers programs and services in education, employment, housing and economic development that empower communities and change lives.     

About The Community FoodBank of New Jersey

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a member of Feeding America®, provides people across the state with food, help and hope. The FoodBank distributed over 56 million pounds of food last year to its more than 1,000 community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs. More than 4.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by the FoodBank's network of partners. For our neighbors, especially families, and for the volunteers and donors who support them, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful change agent that fills the emptiness caused by hunger with the basic human essentials people need to survive.

About Year Up

Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that provides talented and motivated young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year, intensive training program, Year Up utilizes a high support, high expectations model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 19,500 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,000 young adults in 2018 across 21 U.S. cities in Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the "Best Non-Profits to Work For" by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.

 

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United Airlines Announces $1 Million Grant To Help California Foster Youth Succeed

July 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, United Airlines announced a $1 million grant to First Place for Youth in support of their My First Place program. The four-year investment will enable First Place to expand wraparound support services to 50 percent more foster youth in the region. First Place will strengthen career-focused programming and provide the tools to help secure meaningful employment and increase lifetime earning potential for Angeleno foster youth.

With this grant, First Place for Youth will dramatically expand its reach, moving more high-risk foster youth 16 to 24 years old from homelessness into safe, affordable apartments and giving them the skills they need to compete in the job market and to realize long-term self-sufficiency. The Los Angeles nonprofit will be able to enroll more young people in academically rigorous linked learning programs that result in industry-recognized certificates that can lead to a living-wage career.

"As California's global airline, United cares deeply about investing in the state's future," said United's President of California Janet Lamkin. "Los Angeles County is home to one-third of California's foster youth and we are proud to help First Place target growth in high-needs areas of the community, like South Los Angeles, and help ensure California's youth have increased access to high-quality programs that lead to employment in a wide variety of fields, including aviation."

"Everyone deserves access to the opportunity to earn a paycheck and succeed, especially our most vulnerable young people," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Through our HIRE LA's Youth program, partners like United Airlines and First Place For Youth are helping our young people find jobs, start careers, and realize their dreams."

Over the next four years, United's investment in the My First Place program will help First Place for Youth provide Los Angeles' foster youth with safe, stable housing, individualized education and employment counseling and healthy living support services. United will work hand-in-hand with the local organization and engage with city and community leadership to create profound, sustainable advancements for the city's foster youth population.

"We are so grateful for the incredible generosity of United Airlines as they expand their impact in Los Angeles. With this investment, First Place will support more than 650 young people who grew up in foster care, helping them move into their first apartment, make progress in school, and secure jobs that lead to living-wage careers. We believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential in life," said Hellen Hong, Interim CEO and Chief Regional Office at First Place for Youth.

Today's announcement is the fifth in a series of announcements United is making in all of its domestic hub markets over the coming weeks. Each grant is a part of a total of $8 million in grants to help address critical needs identified by local leadership in each of its hub market communities – Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C. The announcement represents United's commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

About First Place For Youth

First Place for Youth serves nearly 2,000 foster youth, ages 16-24, across California each year and is the state's largest provider of housing and support services for this vulnerable population. Program participants receive safe, stable housing, individualized education and employment counseling, and healthy living support services so that they can build the skills necessary to make a successful transition to adulthood. Headquartered in Oakland, CA, First Place operates its Southern California regional office in Los Angeles, and county offices in Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Solano, as well as through affiliate partnerships in Boston, MA and the state of Mississippi. Since 1998, First Place has supported more than 10,000 foster kids in beating the odds and proving that more is possible. For more information, visit firstplaceforyouth.com, follow @FPFY on Twitter, or connect on Facebook.

 

 

SOURCE United Airlines

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United Airlines Earns Top Marks on Disability Equality Index

July 09, 2018

CHICAGO, July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Announced today, United Airlines (UAL) achieved the top score of 100 percent on the 2018 Disability Equality Index, a prominent benchmarking metric that rates U.S. companies on their disability inclusion policies and practices. This designation also earns United a place on DEI's 2018 "Best Places to Work" list.

The DEI is a dual initiative between the American Association of People with Disabilities and the US Business Leadership Network, jointly designed by disability advocates and business leaders as a highly trusted comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion. The Index measures key performance indicators across organizational culture, leadership, accessibility, employment, community engagement, support services and supplier diversity.

United hopes to build a more inclusive economy and world for all people through such actions as developing and employing anti-discrimination policies, implementing employee training focused on inclusion and creating and expanding Business Resource Groups across the U.S. and internationally for employees, which, beginning in the fall, will include a disability-focused Business Resource Group.

"United's leading diversity and inclusion initiatives represent the company's commitment to engaging with and advocating for people with disabilities," said Kate Gebo, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations at United Airlines. "Across our company, we continuously evaluate ways to build a more inclusive workforce so that all people feel included in the United family."

Earlier this year, United also announced its partnership with Special Olympics, which has a strong history of bringing people together around the world. Both organizations share a common vision to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, United works closely with airports across all its hubs to host initiatives such as Wings for All, a program that enables young travelers on the autism spectrum to visit the airport and practice going through the full travel experience without ever leaving the ground.

United is one of 126 Fortune 1000 companies that received 100 percent on the 2018 DEI. This perfect score is partly due to advancements in United's e-commerce and digital accessibility, giving employees the option to voluntarily disclose disabilities on an internal human resources portal, and a robust supplier diversity program.  United also collaborates with different divisions to develop training programming that trains employees on how to effectively work with diverse colleagues.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

 

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United Airlines Announces $1 Million Grant To Denver Nonprofit Warren Village

June 29, 2018

DENVER, June 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today a $1 million grant to Warren Village, a Denver nonprofit organization that has been helping low-income, single-parent families make the journey from poverty to self-sufficiency using a two-generational model since 1974.

"Warren Village is a wonderful organization that is helping address Denver's homelessness through a comprehensive program designed to help single parents achieve sustainable stability for not only themselves, but their families, too," United's Vice President of Denver Operations Steve Jaquith said. "We're looking forward to partnering with Warren Village to help them in their mission to provide education, skills, hope and a bright future for those who need it most."

United's investment will provide both program and growth support for Warren Village, including improvements to the program and a focus on increasing participation. Additionally, United will be engaging their Denver employees in a variety of volunteer activities with Warren Village.

"United's extraordinary generosity demonstrates their commitment to Denver and will enable us to enhance the strength and quality of our core programs and support our desire to expand our positive impact in the community," said Ethan Hemming, President and CEO of Warren Village.

Warren Village takes a holistic, multi-generational approach to supporting families as they work towards becoming self-sufficient by providing safe and affordable housing, comprehensive educational and career guidance for adults, and by providing nurturing and caring early education for children while parents are working hard to change their trajectory.

"United's investment is exactly the kind of private support our nonprofits need," said Governor John Hickenlooper. "Warren Village provides parents a 'hand-up' to build steady foundations for families. This donation will go a long way in their ability to advance this life-changing work."

Today's announcement is the fourth in a series of announcements United is making in all of its domestic hub markets over the coming weeks. Each grant is a part of a total of $8 million in grants to help address critical needs identified by local leadership in each of its hub market communities – Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C. The announcement represents United's commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work.

"The generous grant from United is a tremendous investment in Warren Village and the important work they are doing to help Denver's low-income families in a sustainable and transformational way," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "We're proud to support Warren Village and United in their partnership to help Denver families thrive."   

Throughout these four-year grants, United will work hand-in-hand with local organizations and engage with city and community leadership to create profound, sustainable advancements. Future announcements will include grant recipients in New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

"Our shared purpose is connecting people and uniting the world, and we're thrilled to support that purpose by using our people, planes and network to do good," said Sharon Grant, United's Vice President of Community Affairs. "Supporting organizations like Warren Village in Denver helps the community thrive, and United is proud to be a partner in making that happen."

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 750 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 545 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

About Warren Village

Warren Village has been a trusted partner in the Denver community since 1974 and exists so that low-income, single-parent families can achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency. Warren Village offers a safe place to call home; wrap-around family support services including workforce training, educational advancement, and life-skills classes; and a nationally accredited early learning center for children six weeks to 10 years of age. www.warrenvillage.org

 

 

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