United Airlines and "Today" Show Partnership for Al Roker's Lend a Hand Program
June 13-17, 2011
For the second year, United Airlines has joined the "Today" show in support of programs that inspire discovery, learning and hope for young people across the country. Al Roker's Lend a Hand Today 2011 series, which airs on the "Today" show from June 13 through June 17, highlights five organizations that work to improve conditions in their communities.
In support of this program, United has donated one million Mileage Plus® miles across the five 2011 Lend a Hand Today organizations. We hope you will join us by supporting their missions with your own donations of OnePass miles or money, which will help staff and beneficiaries expand programs, teach through hands-on experiences, and inspire through the gift of travel.
Day 1: Anchorage, AK
Through music, art, dance, and athletic programs, Alaska Pride works to teach leadership skills to kids who lack access to after school and summer activities. Alaska Pride keeps kids safe and engaged, fostering optimism and a sense of opportunity through caring adult relationships. The organization was created in 2006 by Ma'o Tosi, a former NFL player who grew up in Alaska and believes his success came only because of mentors in his community who were willing to give him a chance. Alaska Pride aims to "catch them young" and make a difference in the lives of middle school-aged youth about to embark on their crucial high school years.
The Culinary Training Academy
Day 2: Las Vegas, NV
The Culinary Training Academy (CTA) is doing its part to try to help the hard-hit Las Vegas community recover from the recession by offering low-cost hospitality training, an affordable restaurant and catering services, and free meals to needy children. The CTA is a dynamic place—with guest-room-attendant students in the mock hotel suites learning to make beds in under 5 minutes, professional chefs in the large training kitchen preparing food for the restaurant and event center, and food servers in the Westside Bistro honing their customer service skills.
Casa de Esperanza de los Niños - The House of Hope for Children
Day 3: Houston, TX
Casa de Esperanza de los Niños — the House of Hope for Children — is a safe place for children who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. They provide residential, medical and psychological care according to the needs of each child. Counseling is also available to the parents in appropriate situations. Casa de Esperanza strives to break the destructive cycle of child abuse by offering safe homes to children of families in crisis. The goal is to return physically and emotionally healthy children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care.
Day 5: Charleston, WV
Covenant House was created in 1981 by Charleston citizens and groups committed to helping those with the fewest resources. Their mission was to work for justice by offering direct services for West Virginians in need while creating social change through advocacy and education. The hallmark program, the Drop-In Center, operates to this day as the soul of our organization. This day shelter provides respite for those living on the streets, providing them with free shower and laundry facilities, first aid, health education, medical referrals, food assistance, and job-readiness referrals.