CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines employees are showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness by sporting pink uniform items throughout the month of October. United's Pink Program allows frontline employees to purchase exclusively-produced pink uniform items to wear to work – including ties, neck scarves and hats – with proceeds benefitting nonprofit organizations dedicated to breast cancer awareness, greater access to screening services and support services for individuals battling breast cancer.
"Each year, co-workers from around the company proudly wear their pink to show our customers our support for this very important cause," says United's Managing Director of Community Affairs Sonya Jackson. "From pilots and flight attendants, to our gate agents and co-workers on the ramp, it's inspiring to see our teams step up to help these organizations that provide crucial breast cancer services in regions across the country."
Since 2009, United employees from nearly all 50 states and 11 countries around the world have participated in the Pink Program, raising more than $60,000 for breast cancer awareness. United raises additional funds for the nonprofit organizations through the airline's fourth-quarter Eat for Good program which donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of on-board ChoiceMenu items to various charitable organizations. Together with employees, the Pink Program and other United-sponsored efforts have raised more than $2 million for nonprofit organizations serving individuals affected by breast cancer and their families.
Proceeds for this year's Pink Program will benefit:
- A Silver Lining Foundation: Provides cost-free mammograms in the Chicago area with the Buy Mom a Mammogram™ program and quality of life assistance during treatment.
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer: Provides national educational programs and services for the newly diagnosed, young women, women with advanced breast cancer, women at high risk for developing the disease, and African-American and Latina women across the U.S.
- Sisters Network: Provides educational outreach and advocacy training for the African-American community from chapters located throughout the U.S.
- The Rose: Provides mammography screening, diagnosis, access to treatment and support to all women in the Houston area regardless of their ability to pay.
- Women's Cancer Resource Center: Provides cost-free educational and emotional support services to populations in the San Francisco area including Latina, African-American and Lesbian/Bisexual women.
United proudly supports hundreds of community organizations that work to improve lives through health and education, provide opportunities for youth, improve the environment, and connect the company with arts and culture. United's more than 85,000 co-workers offer their time, talents and energy to make an impact in their communities. United continues to connect its customers and employees to the world, but just as importantly, United partners with more than 200 organizations to address needs and issues in order to improve lives and to promote change for the better.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,574 flights a day to 377 airports on six continents from our hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142 million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Airbus A350XWBs, and 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. United was rated the world's most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine's 2012 airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
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