REPRESENT THE FRIENDLINESS OF OUR REGION: BECOME A VOLUNTEER AIRPORT AMBASSADOR!
National Volunteer Week is April 23-29, and Pittsburgh International Airport will be celebrating with its annual Volunteer Ambassador recognition luncheon. Volunteers have been serving at the airport for many years, helping passengers through the terminal and getting them on their way.
Why volunteer? For Ambassadors, it’s simple. “I like helping people,” says Ann Blaskovich. And there are many ways to help people at the airport.
Starting with 54 volunteers in 2001, Ambassadors began to greet arriving travelers on international flights. The program has flourished, expanding to 75 volunteers, who now operate the airport’s Military Lounge, staff the Ambassador Desk in baggage claim, help with special events, and welcome crews on arriving flights. Soon, Ambassadors will be manning a Pittsburgh International Airport apparel kiosk, with proceeds to benefit the Allegheny County Airport Charitable Foundation.
Volunteers quickly find the airport has lots of opportunities to assist others.
“I’ve volunteered in the Military Lounge, the international area, and now the Ambassador desk,” said Ann. “Each location has different people with different needs, but in the end it’s all about taking care of people.”
Longtime Ambassador Gary Smith agrees. It’s something he‘s been doing all his life.
"I was a Boy Scout growing up,” said Gary. “Here I get to help people in a similar way. I can help people from all over the world and make their day better.”
Sandy Smith, Gary’s wife, started volunteering shortly after her husband. She often works the international arrivals area assisting passengers before they exit and step onto a red carpet that leads them to baggage. It is her favorite spot.
"I love giving them the red carpet treatment,” Sandy laughs. “When passengers arrive from other countries or are coming home, it is a fun way to welcome them to Pittsburgh.”
Pittsburgh International Airport is always seeking multi-lingual volunteer airport ambassadors. If you are interested in helping travelers and representing our wonderful region, you can learn more about the program at