We help Airlink provide Midwest flood relief - United Hub

We help Airlink provide Midwest flood relief

By The Hub team, August 01, 2017

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes after torrential rains recently caused historic flooding in parts of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Through our Charity Miles program, Airlink, a nonprofit rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief transport organization, was able to send volunteers to the region to assist with recovery efforts.

On July 28, we flew 21 volunteers deployed by the nonprofit group Team Rubicon to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport from around the country to help with cleanup and volunteer coordination. On July 31, we flew 11 additional volunteer responders. One of the volunteers, Jim Leckinger, traveled from Washington Dulles International Airport and headed to help the people of Johnsburg, Illinois.

"I would like to take a moment to thank United Airlines. They've really helped us out, particularly on this trip. There's several others flying into Chicago today to join the team that's already there, and we'll be there for a few weeks helping those folks out," said Jim.

Both Wisconsin and Illinois governors have declared a state of emergency as nearly 7,000 buildings have been affected by the flooding.

"Providing our customers with the ability to do good with their miles is at the heart of our Charity Miles program. We are proud to partner with Airlink to help Team Rubicon volunteers get to disaster zones to bring immediate assistance to those who need it most," said Corporate and Community Affairs Managing Director Suzi Cabo.

Thanks to our MileagePlus® Charity Miles program and the generosity of our customers and employees, Airlink can rapidly get responders to disasters wherever they occur in the world. As relief efforts continue, Airlink is anticipating sending more volunteers to the region over the upcoming weeks.

Would you like to help sponsor a volunteer's flight? MileagePlus members with accrued miles can donate their miles directly to Airlink through United's Charity Miles program.


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