US Airways Employees Raise $1.455 Million For United Way
Annual campaign brings airline's 2012 total philanthropic contributions to $9
TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 17, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways (NYSE:LCC) and its
wholly owned subsidiaries' 38,000 employees pledged $1.455 million to the
airline's annual "Hope Takes Flight" campaign to benefit the United Way. This
year's campaign ran between Sept. 18 and Nov. 13. The United Way works to
address health and human needs in more than 1,300 communities across the
"Thanks to the generous spirit of the 38,000 employees of US Airways and our
wholly owned subsidiaries, PSA and Piedmont Airlines, we exceeded our United
Way goal for 2012," said US Airways' Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. "Together
we have raised nearly $11 million for United Way since 2000, and I could not
be more proud of all that our employees accomplished in 2012 to take care of
those in need in our communities."
The "Hope Takes Flight" campaign is more than writing a check. US Airways
employees participated in a variety of fundraising events, including the
airline's popular Jet Pulls in its three hub cities of Charlotte, N.C.,
Phoenix and Philadelphia. A record 109 teams participated, "pulling" in nearly
$29,000 alone. The winning team of employees in Philadelphia pulled a 50-ton
Airbus A319 the required 15 feet in 4.799 seconds. PSA and Piedmont also
contributed to US Airways' Hope Takes Flight campaign, with Piedmont Airlines
coordinating their own Dash-8 pulls in five locations. Additional in-kind
contributions to the United Way total $2,639,000, and bring US Airways' total
time and philanthropic contributions for 2012 to $9 million.
The airline provides charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations in
its hub cities of Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
through four channels of giving: the Corporate Giving Program, the US Airways
Education Foundation, the US Airways Community Foundation and Volunteerism.
The US Airways Corporate Giving Program invests in IRS 501(C)(3) nonprofit
arts and culture, human services and education organizations that enhance the
quality of life in the airline's hub and focus cities. Including the Hope
Takes Flight campaign, in 2012, US Airways' Corporate Giving totaled
This year US Airways launched BE PINK, a partnership with the American Cancer
Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC). In addition to a
$100,000 contribution from the airline, employees raised $100,000 for MSABC
through the sale of BE PINK uniform items, which were worn throughout October;
walks in the airline's hub cities and the sale of other BE PINK merchandise.
Through the US Airways Miles of Hope program, the flying public may donate
Dividend Miles to five national nonprofit organizations: the American Red
Cross, Fisher House Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, Make-A-Wish Foundation
and Mercy Medical Airlift. Nearly 2,000,000,000 (45,000 round trips) have been
donated to these nonprofit organizations since the Miles of Hope program began
in 1998. In 2012, US Airways provided $1,750,000 in in-kind contributions,
which includes an annual matching campaign by the airline.
US Airways Education Foundation
US Airways donated $422,500 to the Education Foundation for its scholarships
and grants programs. The Education Foundation awarded 101 scholarships to
children of US Airways employees in 2012. It also awarded $170,000 in grants
to nonprofit organizations with children's educational programs in Charlotte,
Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Since the Education Foundation's
inception in 1990, more than $4.2 million has been awarded through grants to
nonprofit organizations and college scholarships for dependents of US Airways
employees. Funding sources include contributions from US Airways employees,
fundraising events and private donations.
US Airways Community Foundation
The US Airways Community Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations
to support capital and building campaigns. In 2012, the Community Foundation
awarded a total of $425,000 in grants to six nonprofit organizations.
Members of the airline's employee volunteer corps, the Do Crew, donated 23,000
hours of their time for teambuilding projects in 2012 to non-profit
organizations around the system. The Do Crew celebrated its 15^th anniversary
this year by expanding volunteer projects to international destinations,
including San Juan, P.R.; Cancun, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas and Brussels,
Belgium. More than 150,000 hours have been volunteered to the communities US
Airways serves since its inception in 1997.
A unique volunteer program partnership with Assistance Dogs International
allows the airline's employees to use their flight benefits to train
assistance dogs for air travel and then transport the dogs to be paired with
their new companion or to an individual who will raise the dog to be an
assistance animal. In 2012, 170 transports were completed and saved the
organizations involved more than $125,000 in transportation costs.
Additionally, more than 100 employees participated in the airline's Flights
for 50 program. Flights for 50 recognizes employees who individually and
personally demonstrate their dedication to the community by volunteering at
least 50 hours per calendar year for a nonprofit organization, which is then
eligible to receive a $500 US Airways gift card.
More information regarding the airline's corporate giving programs can be
found at www.usairways.com/corporategiving.
About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates
more than 3,000 flights per day and serves 195 communities in the U.S.,
Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South
America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals
worldwide, operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a
member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than
21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries. Together with its US
Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million
passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and
Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington
National Airport. Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented
US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of
the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the
area of technical operations. Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as
a Best of Vets employer in 2011 and 2012. US Airways was, for the third year
in a row, the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work
for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report. The airline also earned
a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for
six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of
companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit
usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways.
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