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United and Special Olympics

By The Hub team, June 26, 2018

United's shared purpose is to connect people and unite the world - and no organization better embodies that principle than Special Olympics. Their mission to embrace differences and end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities to create a fully inclusive world remains as important today as it was when the movement was founded in 1968.

United has a long history with Special Olympics, beginning with United's Charity Miles program and continuing with employees supporting the spirit of inclusion in their local communities by volunteering and fundraising for local plane pulls.

Special Olympics serves over 5 million athletes in more than 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Adding to employee volunteer and fundraising opportunities, our newly expanded partnership includes support of Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebration in Chicago and the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.

The revolution is inclusion. Working to break down barriers and achieve full inclusion begins with treating all people with dignity and respect. With Special Olympics input, we have built employee training modules that include real-life scenarios for serving our customers with intellectual disabilities. More changes to training will be introduced to employees across the company and will be fully rolled out by the end of 2018.

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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