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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 operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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