AAR invests in the communities where we operate. We support non-profits and organizations that work to improve society in three primary areas: veterans/active military, education with an emphasis on STEM, as well as health and wellness. In the last decade, AAR’s charitable contributions totaled over $5 million. Learn more about our partnerships that demonstrate our commitment at local and global levels.
Veterans, Active Military & Their Families
Given that AAR contracts with the U.S. military and its allies and our workforce is comprised of about 20% veterans, we actively support groups devoted to veterans, active military and the families of those who gave their lives to defend our country.
Rags of Honor – AAR is an active partner with the Chicago-based silk screen company devoted to hiring homeless and unemployed veterans.
USO/Navy Seals/Wounded Warriors/Veterans of Foreign Wars/Marine Corps. Scholarship Foundation – AAR routinely supports the Armed Forces through donations of time and resources to scholarships and fundraising events.
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation & Air Force Academy - Contributed to the building of the new Center for Character and Leadership Development at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Education – Focus on STEM
AAR provides good-paying jobs to over 4,500 employees worldwide including over 3,000 American aviation mechanics who are aging out of the workforce. So we are committed to helping to provide a pipeline of young talent by increasing awareness of opportunities in the aviation industry, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Mentoring PCS Students – Each year, AAR runs a mentorship program for a group of Perspectives Charter Schools (PCS) Chicago public high school students. Students learn professional skills, explore careers in aviation and are encouraged to focus on STEM academic programs throughout their education.
Educating Nigeria's Future Pilots - Over the last three years, AAR has donated school supplies to the Aviation Center Education (ACE) in Nigeria. ACE is part of the National Black Coalition of Federal Employees who began introducing education-based camps to increase school enrollment. Using supplies AAR donated, ACE hosted a camp in Lagos, Nigeria to demonstrate the value of an education to school aged children.
Overtown Youth Center (OYC) - Founded in 2003, OYC serves children living in Overtown, near Miami, by providing a variety of educational and recreational programs. AAR’s MRO facilities in Miami partner with OYC to host visits to the hangar and landing gear repair shop where children learn about well-paying careers in aviation and the importance of studying STEM programs.
Exhibit at Smithsonian - Sponsored by donations from AAR and CEO David Storch, the "How Things Fly" Design Hanger is an interactive space located at the Smithsonian National and Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. The hangar exhibit allows participants to design, build and test flying prototypes.
Posse Foundation – AAR is an active supporter of furthering Posse’s mission to provide college access and leadership development to public high school students in Chicago and beyond.
Health and Wellness
AAR regularly contributes to help research and conquer many diseases that impact our workforce and their families.
CURE – Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy is a leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. AAR supports CURE’s new research program focused on post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE) as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI), which will benefit veterans who have been touched by TBI resulting from PTE.
Routinely, AAR provides donations of time and resources to:
American Cancer Society
Relay for Life
AAR operates offices and facilities in over 20 countries worldwide and each supports community events and institutions. A few examples include:
Cradle of Aviation Museum & Education Center, Long Island, NY - AAR Component Repair-NY
Rockford Air Show, Rockford, IL - AAR MRO-Rockford, IL
Cadillac Industrial Fund - AAR Mobility Systems, Cadillac, MI
United Way - AAR Mobility Systems, Cadillac, MI
Grandma's Marathon - AAR MRO-Duluth, MN
Experience Aviation, SAFEE - AAR MRO, Miami, FL
Ronald McDonald House - AAR MRO Group
Special Olympics - AAR MRO Indianapolis, IN
Oklahoma Food Bank - AAR MRO, Oklahoma City, OK