United Supports “Island Girl Power” With $5,000 Donation

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Guam – United Airlines presented a $5,000 donation to Island Girl Power on Feb. 4, 2014 at the United City Ticket office in Tamuning.

“As Guam’s hometown airline, United is committed to serving the community where our customers and co-workers live and work,” said Sam Shinohara, United’s managing director for Business Development, Asia/Pacific.  “United and our co-workers are proud to support Island Girl Power and the great work they’re doing to empower young girls and their families”.

The Island Girl Power/Ayuda Foundation was awarded a United Airlines Foundation Eco-SkiesSM grant to fund their local environmental volunteer program. The Eco-SkiesSM

Community Grants Program was launched to support projects that not only align with United’s environmental commitment but also create opportunities to forge strong community relationships. 


[L-R): Leo Tkel, senior staff representative/environmental specialist, United Airlines, Juanita Blaz, program coordinator, Island Girl Power, Carlotta Leon Guerrero, executive director of The Ayuda Foundation/Island Girl Power, Leilani Koshiba, flight attendant, United Airlines, Amy Ramos, corporate safety specialist, United Airlines and Paula Monk, senior manager sales – Guam and Micronesia, United Airlines.]

The grant was awarded in recognition and support of the volunteer service and leadership of United co-workers Leo Tkel, Karen Awa, Amie Ramos, Leilani Koshiba and Ray Cruz.

“United proudly supports our co-workers and their efforts to assist in building a sustainable future through everyday actions, both on the ground and in the air,” said Shinohara.

United was named the 2013 Eco-Aviation “Airline of the Year” Gold Winner by Air Transport World (ATW) magazine, the top award granted by ATW in its annual Eco-Aviation Awards.

Island Girl Power (IGP) is a local prevention program whose mission is to decrease the occurrence of teen pregnancy, suicide, substance and sexual abuse. Empowering young ladies on Guam to make healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging positive self-esteem with mentors and role models, while inspiring cultural and community pride, IGP focuses on offering positive activities and role models for young girls and their families and is supported through cooperative mini-grants from Public Health, corporate sponsors, foundation grants, donations and fundraising projects.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers.