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Volunteer Impact Grant recipient supports animal shelter

By The Hub team, November 30, 2017

United rewards the passion of our employees through our Volunteer Impact Grant program, which has awarded over one million dollars to those charitable organizations with which employees volunteer. This story highlights one of the many grant recipients using those funds for the greater good of the communities we serve.

What does receiving a Volunteer Impact Grant mean to an animal rescue shelter? For Last Chance at Life (LCAL), it meant being able to feed about 50 animals in its care, including dogs, cats and birds, for nearly three months.

The nonprofit organization, located in Oceanside, California, is an all-breed rescue facility that specializes in the rehabilitation and adoption of animals that are often overlooked — the older, the broken, and the not-so-popular.

Earlier this year, LCAL received a United Volunteer Impact Grant, awarded thanks to the volunteer hours Los Angeles-based787 First Officer Anna Lenhoff-Methot devoted to the shelter.

Anna has always had a love for animals, so when a friend reached out asking for help with a dog she was fostering for LCAL, Anna didn't hesitate to pitch in.

"My three boys were getting older and didn't need me as much, and I was searching for a way to give back to the community; LCAL just kind of perfectly fell into my lap," said Anna.

United employee, Anna, with a dog at the animal shelter

Nearly three years later, Anna is a devoted volunteer at LCAL, regularly going to the shelter to feed the animals, clean their cages and take the dogs out on walks. The number of animals in LCAL's care on a daily basis is approximately 45 to 55. Because many of the animals are in need of medical attention, the shelter also relies on foster homes throughout San Diego County that are able to care for the animals while they recover and await adoption into their forever homes.

Anna, with a lot of support from her husband, 787 First Officer Peter Methot, and their three boys, has fostered several dogs herself. Recently, they even took in a parrot, which was a learning experience for the whole family. Anna and Peter want to set a good example for their kids by caring for other living beings.

"We want them to learn the responsibilities around having animals and, at the same time, to see that it's very rewarding to give back," said Peter. "The animals also bring a lot of love and laughter into the home."

Anna is one of a network of volunteers that make saving animals' lives possible for LCAL, and the shelter's president and founder Lisa Hamilton is beyond grateful for their commitment, love and sacrifice.

"These animals are helpless and oftentimes facing euthanasia due to space or minor behavioral issues, and that's why we truly are their last chance at life," said Lisa. "The ultimate reward for me and all of our volunteers is seeing the gratefulness in their eyes. They know we saved them."

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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