United Airlines To Give 8M To Help Hub Cities

Dated: 05/31/2018

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United Airlines announced May 30 that it will give $8 million in grants to “help address pressing issues identified by local leadership” in its U.S. hub markets. 

In addition to its home base of Chicago, United’s other hub markets are Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C. 

As part of the initial announcement, United said Year Up Chicago will receive a $1 million grant to help the nonprofit provide “in-demand technical and professional skills training, hands-on corporate internship experience at top companies including United, college credits and support necessary to achieve upward economic mobility and access to meaningful careers,” per a release. That investment is expected to grow Year Up Chicago’s reach by 25 percent and help the organization launch a second campus in the city. 

"Here in Cook County, more than 94,000 young adults are out of work and out of school, disconnected from the economic mainstream," Jack Crowe, Year Up Chicago's executive director, said in United’s press release. "With United Airlines' help, Year Up Chicago will be able to accelerate its expansion, strengthening our communities and Chicago as a whole." 

After the initial Chicago announcement, United will make similar announcements in all of its domestic hub cities over the coming weeks. The airline worked with city leadership in each community to identify a unique area of critical need, per the release. 

"Connecting our customers to the moments that matter most goes well beyond getting them from point A to point B," United CEO Oscar Munoz said in the release. "We have the opportunity to make lasting, measurable change."

United has had a trying year or so following the man-dragged-from-plane incident in April 2017. More recently, the company has dealt with incidents such as catering workers’ protests over wages and the death of a dog placed in an overhead bin. But on the positive side, the airline has seen strong increases in traffic and expects more nonstop service between Houston and new cities. The company also moved its Houston office into the new 609 Main towerdowntown in February. 

United Airlines is a unit of Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL) and the busiest airline in Houston.

United Airlines announced May 30 that it will give $8 million in grants to “help address pressing issues identified by local leadership” in its U.S. hub markets. 

In addition to its home base of Chicago, United’s other hub markets are Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C. 

As part of the initial announcement, United said Year Up Chicago will receive a $1 million grant to help the nonprofit provide “in-demand technical and professional skills training, hands-on corporate internship experience at top companies including United, college credits and support necessary to achieve upward economic mobility and access to meaningful careers,” per a release. That investment is expected to grow Year Up Chicago’s reach by 25 percent and help the organization launch a second campus in the city. 

"Here in Cook County, more than 94,000 young adults are out of work and out of school, disconnected from the economic mainstream," Jack Crowe, Year Up Chicago's executive director, said in United’s press release. "With United Airlines' help, Year Up Chicago will be able to accelerate its expansion, strengthening our communities and Chicago as a whole." 

After the initial Chicago announcement, United will make similar announcements in all of its domestic hub cities over the coming weeks. The airline worked with city leadership in each community to identify a unique area of critical need, per the release. 

"Connecting our customers to the moments that matter most goes well beyond getting them from point A to point B," United CEO Oscar Munoz said in the release. "We have the opportunity to make lasting, measurable change."

United has had a trying year or so following the man-dragged-from-plane incident in April 2017. More recently, the company has dealt with incidents such as catering workers’ protests over wages and the death of a dog placed in an overhead bin. But on the positive side, the airline has seen strong increases in traffic and expects more nonstop service between Houston and new cities. The company also moved its Houston office into the new 609 Main towerdowntown in February. 

United Airlines is a unit of Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL) and the busiest airline in Houston.


By   – Senior web editor, Houston Business Journal

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