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Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways' (NYSE: LCC) employee volunteer corps, the Do Crew, is marking its 15
th 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
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.