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More than a vacation

By The Hub team, May 19, 2017

Each week we will profile one of our employee's adventures across the globe, featuring a new location for every employee's story. Follow along every week to learn more about their travel experiences.

By HNL Remote Reservations Sales Supervisor Tami Cummings

My daughter was leaving for college last fall, and we wanted to create a lifelong memory before she began this next chapter of her life. My mom, daughter and I, along with some friends, signed up with an organization called Color My World, a nonprofit committed to relieving human suffering through sustainable projects. They put together groups of volunteers to take humanitarian trips and experience the cultures of many Latin American countries. The trip we chose was to Costa Rica. It was everything we hoped it would be and more. We were paired up with a group of volunteers from the U.S. and an amazing coordinator from the U.K.

We worked with an incredible woman named Gail, who went to Costa Rica in the '70s to volunteer with the Peace Corps and fell so in love with the people that she stayed and opened up a preschool for local children. We got to work with the children in the preschool who, without Gail, would not have this opportunity. She teaches them English and basic life skills. Her school is run completely with donations and volunteers. She prepares the children for school beyond preschool, but many of them are not able to attend because you have to have shoes in order to attend school. Unfortunately, many children do not have shoes or the money to buy them, so they are not able to continue school past Gail's preschool. We made sure to bring several pairs of shoes with us to donate to the school. If you ever find yourself in La Carpio, Costa Rica, please consider taking a box or two of children's shoes along with you. Gail will be forever grateful, and you will be the hero of the town!

Mural on one of the walls in Costa Rica

We were also asked to paint a mural on one of the walls in the town. My daughter is an artist and came up with an incredible mural that the people loved. They wanted us to paint the rest of the town! She designed the wall and we all helped paint. The locals joined us, and we named the mural Vivir en Paz (Live in Peace). Gail also took us to meet an indigenous man -- he had an incredible spirit, and the land where his people lived was the most peaceful place I have ever been. Their traditions and beliefs were so intriguing. It was wonderful to learn their ways and how they stay healthy and live long lives.

United employee, Tami Cummings and her daughter near waterfalls in Costa Rica

Beyond our wonderful volunteering experiences, our trip also included plenty of time for fun too! We went ziplining, and our zipline tour included seven different lines with volcano views below us as we soared. It was extremely high and a bit scary for me, but my daughter loved it! We also went whitewater rafting, which was my favorite activity outside of volunteering. Our guide's name was Carlos, and he was very friendly and fun. We spent the last day and night of the trip in a beautiful hotel near a volcano with natural springs. It was a perfect way to relax and end a fun but, more importantly, rewarding vacation. I will never forget this amazing experience in this beautiful country. Costa Rica truly is pura vida (pure life).

United cargo-only flights transport critical goods

By The Hub team

When the pandemic began, United Cargo knew it would be critical to utilize its fleet, network and industry-leading pharmaceutical handling processes to transport a COVID-19 vaccine when the time came.

Connecting vaccines to the world: United responds to mass distribution effort

December 22, 2020

On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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