In collaboration with the Department of Defense, United was proud to support the humanitarian mission to fly thousands of American citizens and Afghan evacuees in August and September through the activation of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, for only the third time since the fleet was created. More than 8,000 United employees raised their hands to participate in these domestic and international missions—working as crew members, onboard translators, volunteer onboard medics, operations coordinators, and more.
During this time, United also invited MileagePlus members to transform their miles into a force for good using our mile crowd-sourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. The campaign, which facilitated aid to nonprofits providing air travel, medical care, and meals to Afghan evacuees, received more than 15 million miles in donations in its first 48 hours. Participating nonprofits included:
• Miles4Migrants: A non-profit that uses miles to book air travel for Afghans who need assistance to get from military bases to their final destinations.
• Americares: A global health and humanitarian organization that provides lifesaving medical aid and supplies to Afghans. Volunteer medical workers are working alongside United employees to provide critical services to refugees onboard our flights.
• World Central Kitchen: A global nonprofit that provides comforting meals to Afghan refugees as they arrive in Washington, D.C. Miles will also support WCK volunteers’ travel to other areas that need assistance.
Looking to support the ongoing Afghanistan relief efforts? Miles4Migrants, United’s newest Miles on a Mission partner, is still accepting donations to help reunite and relocate families around the world who have been separated by war, persecution, and disaster. To learn more about Miles on a Mission and to donate to one of United’s 26 charity partners, including Miles4Migrants, please visit united.com/donate.
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