Cheer on Team USA and Help a Child in Need - United Hub

Cheer on Team USA and help a child in need

By The Hub team, June 02, 2016

Ben Flyin' Adventure Bear

As part of our Adventure Bear program Ben Flyin' will be traveling to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to cheer on Team USA and other athletes from all over the world. This year marks the ninth year that we have unveiled a limited-edition Vermont® teddy bear as the mascot for the Adventure Bear program.

Make a difference with your donation

Our mission of the Adventure Bear program is to bring smiles to children in need across the globe. So far, Ben Flyin' has traveled throughout the U.S. and to 30 other countries including China, Colombia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Peru and the United Arab Emirates. This year, proceeds will go to the United States Olympic Committee to help fund future U.S. Olympic hopefuls.

How to participate

Starting June 1st through August 30th you can purchase a 2016 Ben Flyin' bear for yourself and one for a child in need.

  • Give a bear, get a bear. For a $39.99 contribution, you will receive your very own 2016 Ben Flyin' bear and the second will be sent to a child in need.
  • Give a bear. For a $19.99 contribution, you can send a 2016 Ben Flyin' bear to a child in need.
  • In September and October program partners and United co-workers will make bear deliveries to children around the globe who are experiencing health struggles or economic hardship.

Follow Ben Flyin' on United Social Media

Follow Ben Flyin's adventures

Tag along with Ben Flyin' by following United Airlines on social media, and don't forget to share your Ben Flyin' adventures by using #BenFlyin.

Making our app more accessible for people with disabilities

By The Hub team, October 28, 2020

We're proud to launch a redesigned version of our United app to make it easier for customers with visual disabilities to manage all aspects of day-of travel, including check-in, viewing reservation details and flight status, bag tracking and more.

This latest version of our app is now available to both Android and iOS users, and it offers increased color contrast and more space between graphics. Furthermore, we have reorganized how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with screen reader technologies like VoiceOver and TalkBack, which are built into most handheld devices. By restructuring the way the information is organized on the app, screen readers are better able to convert text to audio in the proper, logical sequence, allowing customers to better understand and navigate the app.

United Zoom backgrounds for AvGeeks

By The Hub team, October 27, 2020

Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Take your next video call from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude with United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Newly added to our collection is a background encouraging our employees and customers to vote. Our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. No matter which party you support, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and vote.

So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started.

Looking back at a landmark year with Special Olympics

By Ryan Wilks, October 19, 2020

Earlier this summer, we shone a light on our flagship partnership with Special Olympics and our commitment to the Inclusion Revolution. In that same story, we introduced you to our four Special Olympics Service Ambassadors, Daniel, Kyle, Lauren and Zinyra (Z), who, this month, celebrate one year working at Chicago O'Hare International Airport as part of the United family.

This groundbreaking, inclusive employment program took off as a part of our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, a community relationship that employees across the company hold close to heart. The original 'UA4' (as they call themselves) have become an integral part of the United team serving customers at O'Hare Airport. Even from behind their masks, their wide smiles and effervescent spirit exude and bring life to the service culture of excellence we strive towards every day.

"The UA4 are more than just customer service ambassadors. They are shining examples of how inclusion, accessibility and equity can have monumental impacts on the culture and service of a business and community," said Customer Service Managing Director Jonna McGrath. "They have forever changed who we are as a company. While they often talk about how United and this opportunity has changed their lives, they have changed ours in more ways than we can count."

In the two years of partnership with Special Olympics, United employees have volunteered over 10,500 hours of service at events around the world and donated over $1.2 million worth of travel to the organization.

"This inclusive employment program is what community partnerships, like ours with Special Olympics, are all about: collaborating to identify areas where the needs of the community intersect with the cultural and business opportunity, then creating the infrastructure and programming to bring the two together," said Global Community Engagement Managing Director Suzi Cabo. "Through this program, our goal is to show other companies that when you put a committed effort and focus towards inclusion and breaking down barriers, you transform lives. I challenge other business around the world to follow our lead in joining the Inclusion Revolution."

Check out the video below to hear from our Special Olympics Service Ambassadors firsthand.

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