American Service: Honoring Through Service

Karri Akerman is one of two recipients of the American Airlines Spirit of Giving Volunteer of the Year Award for 2012.

Through the employee volunteer program American Giving, American’s people spent nearly 40,000 hours in volunteer service in their communities and raised $733,000 in charitable donations in 2012. 

A project manager in the People Department, Akerman works with collaborative employee teams to solve issues and implement initiatives. She has been with American 27 years and spends much of her free time supporting the military and cancer research.  

For Akerman’s service leadership and impact on her community, she received a $3,000 check from American to give to the charity of her choice. “It’s going to cancer research,” says Akerman. “I know a lot of people affected by cancer, and I want to help further the research.”

In addition to volunteering at numerous Memorial Day and Veterans Day events, Akerman actively supports the American Legion, a nonprofit veterans’ service organization committed to mentoring youth and advocating patriotism. “My father and three of my uncles served in the U.S. military,” she says. “They risked their lives for our freedom, so anything I can do for veterans and active military is an honor.” In 2007, she served as an executive board member for her local American Legion Post. 

Akerman has helped raise funds for Junior Achievement, a nonprofit youth organization that advocates staying in school, developing skills and building confidence. She also has given her time to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization empowering wounded veterans and providing services to injured troops transitioning from active duty to civilian life. 

Akerman says she volunteers to honor many different groups. “I volunteer in honor of my family who served in the military, for veterans, for youth and for my friends and family who have struggled with cancer.”

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