Ready for LIFT off: Alaska Airlines employees give back with a week of volunteering
Last year, the airline announced four new pillars to characterize its sustainability focus: 1. We're all about people; 2. We fly greener; 3. We invest for strong communities; and 4. We make flying matter. To bring these together with a unifying principle,
"Our employees make us who we are – connecting personally and locally – on a national and even greater scale. And because of them, we're driven to think about our impact – from fuel-efficient planes to giving back to the people and places they fly," said
During the week of LIFT more than 500 employees will volunteer at over 20 events in nine cities across
- Kupu (
Honolulu) Barrio Logan College Institute( San Diego) San Diego Food Bank( San Diego)
- New York Cares (
New York City)
- Covenant House Alaska (
- Feed My Starving Children (
- Reading Partners (Bay Area)
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry( Portland)
- FareStart (
- Mary's Place (
Seattle) Bonneville Environmental Foundation( Portlandand Tacoma) The Idaho Food Bank( Boise)
"We are honored to collaborate with
In addition to employee volunteer efforts,
- LIFT Miles:
Alaskagives Mileage Plan™ members the opportunity to donate their miles to help people and organizations who have an urgent or mission-driven need to travel. In 2018 alone, more than 53,000,000 miles were donated by Alaskapassengers, valued at approximately $1.4 million.
- Community Investment:
Alaskais focused on investing for strong communities where our guests fly, and our employees call home. In 2018, Alaska Airlinesprovided over $17 millionof in-kind and cash sponsorships, partnering with organizations and events across our network. Alaskaalso provides airline tickets for nonprofit organizations to support fundraising and other travel needs crucial to achieving their mission. In 2018, more than 6,000 airline tickets were donated to nonprofit organizations, valued at approximately $7.6 million.
- LIFT Grants from the
Alaska Airlines Foundation: As a part of Alaska Airlines Foundationinitiatives, LIFT Grants provides cash grants to non-profit organizations that inspire, empower, and equip young people to connect to career opportunities and to imagine what's possible Updated grant guidelines for the Foundation will be available online this fall. The Alaska Airlines Foundationhas provided over $2 million dollarsin grants.
- Environmental Sustainability Initiatives:
Alaskais focused on operating and growing in an environmentally responsible manner by flying only the most fuel-efficient and environmental-friendly fleet of planes, implementing innovative inflight recycling programs and encouraging passengers to #FillBeforeYouFly.
- Employee Volunteer Rewards:
Alaskaand Horizon employees earn $10an hour for the time they spend volunteering in their communities, which can be donated to the qualifying charitable organization of their choice. In 2018, employees volunteered more than 44,000 hours for causes of their choice. Employee Matching Gifts: Alaskamatches employee donations to nonprofit organizations. In 2018, employees donated $493,160, which Alaskamatched for a total of $986,300.
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