American Airlines and Madison House team up to change lives

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The American Airlines Do Crew, at Regan National Airport (DCA) are changing lives for some individuals on the autistic spectrum.

The Madison Fields Farm and Madison House Autism Foundation teach life skills and develop employment opportunities and increase housing options for adults on the spectrum to increase housing options.

“It became clear this cause had a touch point to many of our American Airlines families,” said Brandon Duggins, former manager on duty at Reagan National Airport and current general manager for American in Rochester, New York. “Many of us have a family member or a friend who have been faced with autism.”

American Do Crew employee volunteers have increasingly become involved with Madison House. In fact, American is the largest airline to join up with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to sponsor local families through this organization.

“My godson is autistic,” said Renee Drayton, Premium Customer Service representative, DCA. “This cause is very near and dear to my heart. Plus, this is a lot of fun and such a beautiful place.”

Do Crew volunteers paint living quarters, clear horseback riding trails, build picnic tables

Because of the partnership with American, the farm is now home to an eight-acre corn maze in the shape of the American Airlines flight symbol.

The Maryland farm and corn maze also happens to be directly below the southbound flight path into Washington Dulles International Airport.

“We’re excited to share some of its beauty with our American Airlines volunteers, by land and by air,” said James Baird, Madison Field’s new farm director.

FedEx Teams Up to Deliver Supplies and Aid to Haiti

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FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has delivered more than 30 tons of emergency supplies in an effort to provide assistance to the people and communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.

FedEx supports these disaster relief efforts through its humanitarian organization relationships with Direct Relief, International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International.

“The devastating reality is people in Haiti are relying on the delivery of humanitarian aid for life’s most basic necessities,” said Jenny Robertson, director of Global Citizenship and Reputation Management at FedEx. “The FedEx network and our people who power it are equipped to deliver these critical supplies where they’re needed most.”

FedEx has worked with Direct Relief for more than a decade to deliver medical resources during times of disaster. The organization’s aid filled a charter flight that took off from the Memphis World Hub and arrived in Port-au-Prince Wednesday, October 12. Supplies included medication, medical equipment, hygiene kits and tents that can be used as pop-up health facilities.

“Hurricane Matthew dealt a doubly cruel blow to Haiti, causing tragic loss of life and vastly increased risks and harm while at the same time damaging the health facilities and infrastructure critical to responding,” said Thomas Tighe, president and CEO, Direct Relief. “That’s why an aggressive, targeted response is so important and why FedEx’s leadership to take care of the transportation barrier is such a critically important step.”

A second charter flight landed in Haiti October 13, filled with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies from International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International. Together with these two organizations, FedEx delivered 11,000 hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies.

With many health facilities damaged, inaccessible, or non-functional as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the urgently needed aid will reach the most affected areas of Haiti, including Grand’Anse and Sud.

“FedEx’s swift action in the wake of Hurricane Matthew makes it possible for our teams to save lives and alleviate suffering in some of the hardest hit communities in Haiti,” said Nancy Aossey, president and CEO of International Medical Corps. “FedEx knows that speed saves lives, and that every hour counts. They are making it possible for our teams to deliver urgently needed supplies and bring lifesaving medical care to those in need, helping stop the spread of cholera—a disease that has the potential to be far deadlier than the storm itself.”

The relief effort is part of the company’s FedEx Cares initiative, through which FedEx will invest $200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world. FedEx is also a participant in iGive.com where a percentage of online orders can give back to your favorite cause.