Crews of California, a retailer and food-and-beverage provider at Los Angeles International Airport, has donated $30,000 to United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Creating Pathways Out of Poverty fund.

Crews of California raised more than $24,400 by placing donation boxes in their news stands around LAX throughout 2010, and then matched more than 20 percent of the collections to bring the total donation to $30,000, a company spokesperson said.

The airport retailer presented United Way with a check at its Terminal 1 location during a March 17 ceremony attended by Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and executives from United Way and the airport.

“Crews of California’s charitable donation to United Way’s Creating Pathways Out of Poverty fund is an admirable achievement,” said Rosendahl. “The money will strengthen our community by helping individuals break the cycle of poverty in the greater Los Angeles area.”

Crews of California Chief Operating Officer Deborah Crews said, “When we are chosen to do business in an airport, we see a greater responsibility than just providing excellent customer service. We seek to engage our customers to help make the larger community a better place for everyone,”

United Way’s Creating Pathways out of Poverty fund seeks to end poverty across Los Angeles by focusing on permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless, supporting middle school students to achieve high school graduation, and providing adults with the training and financial tools they need to thrive.

“I applaud Crews of California’s efforts to raise funds for United Way,” Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said. “The company has gone above and beyond providing customer service to airport passengers by also helping to improve the lives of families in need in Los Angeles.”

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