United Airlines Provides $8 Million in Grants to Help Boost Eight Hub Communities

United Airlines recently announced a total of $8 million in grants to help address pressing issues in each of its hub market communities across the country, including Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York, and Washington, D.C. 

The first partnership in this series of grants is with the nonprofit Year Up in Chicago. This grant for $1 million to Year Up in Chicago will enable the organization to provide:

  • In-demand technical and professional skills training for hundreds of motivated and talented young adults in Chicago;
  • 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
"Connecting our customers to the moments that matter most goes well beyond getting them from point A to point B," said Oscar Munoz, United's chief executive officer. "We have the opportunity to make lasting, measurable change. We are proud to do our part to help our home here in Chicago and are excited to share more with each of our hub communities over the coming weeks."

At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, we believe the strength of a locale and its people is directly tied to the strength of private sector investments. United’s announcement is just one example of a broader trend amongst the private sector to invest in the communities where they operate. Companies such as The Dow Chemical Company, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Target, and many more are making community investments based on the belief that when communities do well, so does business.

Read more here about United’s community grants and how they are lifting up communities in crisis through sustainable advancements.