The Resilient Communities Impact Program, a partnership between Southwest and Points of Light, is a whole-community effort, engaging local changemakers to take individual and collective action to transform low-income neighborhoods into thriving places of opportunity. By focusing on how communities look, feel and function, Southwest and Points of Light hope to strengthen cross-sector participation and connections, instill a greater sense of identity and pride and increase the quality of life and support the livelihoods of residents/neighbors.
Southwest is proud to partner with Points of Light in support of America’s Sunday Suppers in an effort to build connections among people and communities. America’s Sunday Supper events bring people together from diverse backgrounds to engage in dialogue around community issues. Neighbors are encouraged to come together to share a meal and conversation, because connections are the key to building stronger more vibrant and more inclusive communities. In 2016, nearly 46,000 people came together for America’s Sunday Supper events.
Heart of the Community grants leverage a community’s assets to create vibrant public spaces that connect people, creating a foundation for more resilient communities.
* With initial seed money of $735,000, we have helped these project sites leverage an additional $2,675,731 - bringing the total value to $3,410,731.
Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces have partnered to provide technical assistance to local community partners who seek to bring new life to their public spaces. Through the placemaking process, our work serves as a catalyst for building sustainable, healthy, inclusive and economically viable communities.
To date, Southwest has invested over $6.4M in building connections and has supported projects in 20 communities through the Heart of the Community program. Through a community-driven approach, local partners collaborate with Southwest to move the vision and goals for their cities and communities forward by strengthening connections between people and the places they share.