Fifteen Years (And More Than 150,000 Hours) Of Community Service: Happy Birthday To US Airways' Employee Volunteer Corps The Do Crew
TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways' (NYSE: LCC) employee volunteer corps, the Do Crew, is marking its 15th anniversary today by celebrating with the Salvation Army in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Today, 25 employee volunteers will participate in a Destination: Do Crew project in partnership with the Salvation Army of Puerto Rico Project Hope, which provides shelter to homeless men 18 years or older. Project Hope offers its clients meals and provides for their hygiene needs, while also providing and coordinating community, medical and psychological services that help the program's participants find work and a home. Do Crew volunteers will serve dinner and hold mock job interviews for those at the Project Hope shelter, which will help build participants' interviewing skills.
"By volunteering where they live and work, our employee volunteers have strengthened these communities by building strong relationships with organizations that serve those in need and provide other support," said Doug Parker, US Airways' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Employees from all levels of the company work together side-by-side on projects, which enables them to build relationships across departments at all levels and help them to better understand their colleagues. Those relationships have helped build US Airways into the airline it is today."
Since its inception in 1997, thousands of employee volunteers have donated more than 150,000 hours of community service to nonprofits around the country. The Do Crew has chapters in the airline's key cities of Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C. and Winston-Salem, N.C. Employees who live in other cities around the airline's network participate in Destination: Do Crew volunteering activities with local non-profit organizations. As part of their volunteerism, US Airways donates $10 per hour per employee to the non-profit organization hosting Do Crew volunteers.
"Not only is volunteerism encouraged, but US Airways makes it easy for employees to participate and be introduced to a variety of opportunities," said Do Crew volunteer and Charlotte Airport Services Training Instructor Eric Swanson. "It's so amazing how much a group appreciates your time when you really aren't making a big sacrifice. I get so much more out of volunteering than I put in." Swanson has volunteered more than 300 hours so far in 2012.
For more information on the Do Crew, corporate giving and other ways US Airways gives back to the communities it serves, visit usairways.com/corporategiving.
About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates nearly 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 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 21,500 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 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. (LCCG)
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