United Airlines is teaming up with Listos California – a campaign by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services that helps vulnerable Californians prepare for disasters – to help address the significant health risks faced by older state residents isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Approximately 300 of the company's employees in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose will dedicate their time to make tens of thousands of wellness calls to vulnerable Californians each week, checking in on them while providing a much-needed personal connection during this time of crisis.
United is a founding partner of this innovative Social Bridging Project, which is being launched in partnership with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) trained volunteers affiliated with local public safety agencies, and gerontology students at California State University, Sacramento. Governor Gavin Newsom recently called for support connecting with older residents through his "Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In." initiative, led by the California Department of Aging.
The announcement is an extension of a broader partnership between United and the state of California, including efforts to provide free, round-trip flights for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals from across the country to help treat patients in this time of unprecedented need. United has flown more than 100 healthcare volunteers into and out of California to areas most impacted by COVID-19 since the partnership was launched.
Beyond the free medical flights and its involvement in the Social Bridging Project, the airline's employees have also volunteered at emergency distribution sites; have donated dental kits, ear plugs, eye shades, hygiene items, socks, tissues, amenity kits, food, and pillows; operated cargo charter flights to moved PPE, medical equipment, mail and other general cargo, and operated repatriation flights returning nearly 17,000 people home who were stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.