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Tickets for Time and New Volunteer Database

‎02-05-2010 09:29 AM cwelch
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‎02-05-2010 09:29 AM

"Tickets for Time." It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Tickets for Time (T4T) is more than a kitschy catchphrase, it’s the name of Southwest’s newest program for Employee volunteers.  Go ahead; say it. "Tickets for Time." Now try it with a Texas accent and you’ve just done an impersonation of me.

We know the positive impact that volunteers have on communities is remarkable, and we’re proud to support volunteers and their missions. To pay tribute to our own Employee volunteers and to further our commitment to the communities we serve, Southwest Airlines is excited to introduce the T4T program powered by the Share the Spirit database.

For every 40 hours registered in the Share the Spirit database by Employees who have volunteered for an organization, the benefitting nonprofit organization is eligible to receive one complimentary, roundtrip ticket on Southwest Airlines for fund-raising or transportation needs. A nonprofit organization may receive up to six tickets a year through T4T and the hours can be accrued by one or more volunteers.

Last year, we crunched the numbers and learned that Southwest Airlines Employees shared their spirit by collectively volunteering more than 35,000 hours to nonprofit organizations across the country. That’s about one volunteer hour to every Southwest Employee!  We wanted to create a program that would help us support the efforts of our hard-working volunteers. Now we have a program with not only a cool name, but one that shows our commitment to the great tradition of volunteerism and to the charitable organizations that do so much to make our communities better places to live and work.

 

27 Comments
How do I go about submitting a non-profit group to be considered for volunteers?? We have several events about to come up that we can use help with. THANKS!! Group - www.milwaukeerfkc.org Cathi Foster
I think it is great for someone to recogniz. congratulations to all.e the employees that have given their time for non-profit oranizations
Ann15
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Good job SWA! And, thank you to all of you who volunteer.
This is wonderful! As a non-profit - Helping Healing Hearts (we help heart patients) - how do we get on the list of approved non-profits? Thank you
Cathy4
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Is there a way for NFP organizations to get listed as an organization that is in need of volunteers so the employees have some ideas of where they can do volunteer work in their home towns? Thank you for supporting the NFP organizations across the country! Cathy Connors NFP Consultant
So, how does our nonprofit sign up and learn more about this? We are located in Salt Lake City and have some fun volunteer opportunities coming up! Please email deborah.lindner@utahfostercare.org or call me at 801.231.9950. Thanks!
Deb19
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Hope other companies see this and give their employees the incentive to volunteer. How about a challenge to other airlines to match your donation?
Maryle
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how does one go about getting their non-profit listed as a place that would very much love to have Southwest volunteers?
I run a non-profit! How do I sign up?
My company gives us a week off to help the Haiti Disaster. Would Southwest like to aligin and support us by providing some tickets to travel there?
I've always heard that SWA is one the best employers in the airline industry. This actions adds to that confirmation. Great job SWA for your committment to both employees and philantrophy.
stacie
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thats cool. wish i could do it too and get a free roundtrip ticket!
Hello Southwest! My name is Liz Raines and I am the Volunteer Specialist at Girl Scouts San Diego Imperial Council. How do I find out information about partnering with Southwest to welcome Southwest Volunteers? I would love more information on this program. Thanks! Liz
Is there some place that a nonprofit can register to have their contact info listed? We'd really welcome some great volunteers in the OK City area. We make cooling ties, pack and ship care packages for amazing American troops in harm's way. They can contact us through this email address: TheHugsProject(at)cox.net Thank you for this wonderful offer!!!! What a super gift!!! Karen Stark Founder/Executive DIrector www.TheHugsProject.com - Because every American serving in harm's way deserves the thanks of a grateful nation.
Thanks to all the employees who donate their time to assist with various animal rescue organizations. We have so many unsung heroes across the USA that help us. This is a wonderful program that recognizes the Southwest employees' efforts and pays forward to various organizations who are much in need of help. Thank you again to the volunteers and to Southwest Airlines who praises your efforts. Helen www.lhasaapsorescue.org.
Thanks to all the employees who donate their time to assist with various animal rescue organizations. We have so many unsung heroes across the USA that help us. This is a wonderful program that recognizes the Southwest employees' efforts and pays forward to various organizations who are much in need of help. Thank you again to the volunteers and to Southwest Airlines who praises your efforts. Helen www.lhasaapsorescue.org.
Thank you Southwest employees!
Hello SWA, I'm a professional travel journalist planning to swap my BlackBerry for a backpack to go volunteer with 12 community projects in 12 countries over 12 months starting in June 2010. I have 16 days left to raise funds for this year-long porject of service, but would LOVE to go volunteer at a TBD organization for 2-4 weeks on behalf of one of your employees in exchange for RT airfare. Of course, the I would volunteer for the donating employee's project of choice. You can learn more about my project, The Global Citizen Project, here: http://globalcitizenproject.blogspot.com/ I applaud you implementing this incredible program and for encouraging and awarding your employees for giving back. Every contribution, no matter what size, makes a difference. Best, Charyn Pfeuffer
Dear SWA, I have another idea for your volunteering employees that ties in my The Global Citizen Project. I am offering lots of "backer rewards" for people who pledge funds to my project -- one of these items being a two night, Endless Luxury all inclusive stay at Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Park, Riviera Maya, México. It's a $1440 value, but I am offering it for a $750 pledge. It includes everything. I noticed that SWA flies to Mexico via Volaris, so I'm suggesting that maybe one of your employees may want an all inclusive weekend away with their free earned ticket. Just an idea...Trying to connect some fantastic "rewards" with the right demographic of folks who may want them. I have stayed at this property, highly recommend it and would be more than happy to share my experiences with any interested parties . In the meantime, feel free to out the pictures from my stay: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=52683&id=663631241&l=365284a7d2 Here are the all-inclusive details: http://globalcitizenproject.blogspot.com/2010/02/new-backer-reward-two-night-all.html Thanks again for making a difference! Best, Charyn Pfeuffer
Fair Foods in Boston MA...Ive been working with MS. Nancy Jamison and BU College freshman volunteering their time to help feed homeless and low-income communities around Boston and other outlying cities. They definately should be on the list.
Delaware Humane Association is a non profit animal shelter in Wilmington, Delaware. How can we sign up for your wonderful program?
SWS
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I am definitely excited to get out there an volunteer. I have been interested in getting involved over the last year. I really believe this is the little incentive/push that I needed to take that next step and get out there. I think this program is outstanding and I am happy that southwest is introducing this program. I can't wait to help !! It's a win-win situation... I get to help which is a good feeling , the organization gets some much needed help and also free tickets to raise money towards their great cause.
cwelch
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Wow! Thank you all for your generous out pouring of excitement about the Tickets for Time program! We’re proud to support our Employee volunteers and the nonprofit organizations where they serve. We’ve loved reading about your wonderful organizations that are making a difference in our communities every day. With so many deserving nonprofit organizations out there, our Employees are encouraged to seek out causes that are close to their hearts. The tradition of volunteerism at Southwest has always been grassroots in nature; and we’re confident that the organizations that benefit from this program will be as diverse, unique and exceptional as the Southwest Employees who serve with them. In addition to the Tickets for Time program, Southwest provides direct support to various qualified 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations, particularly those that fall within our areas of focus: Families Facing Serious Illness, Military and their Families, Youth Leadership and Community Involvement, Disaster Preparedness and Response, and the Environment. Unfortunately, our policies prohibit our sponsorship or endorsement of individuals’ fundraising campaigns. If you are a part of a nonprofit organization and would like to request a donation, visit www.southwest.com/donations. Keep on keepin' on, Friends! Together we can make a difference in this world. Casey
I have volunteerinf for over 38 years and running all kinds of fundraisers. I put together all kinds of baskets for raffles and silent auction and was wondering if something like this could be of some help to us for our raffles . How do we go about applying for it.
How to we sign up our volunteers to help us get tickets donated to the foundation.
Phyllis, Tickets for Time (T4T) is our Incentive Program created to recognize Southwest Employee volunteerism and further our commitment to the communities we serve. Only volunteer hours completed by Southwest Airlines Employees will be counted toward these awards. If any of your organization's volunteers are Southwest Employees, they can register their hours through our internal SWALife web site. Hope that helps!
Ria
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I would like to volunteer to learn skills in airlines business such as CSR agent help in the reservation ticketing and check in at the airport and also at the gate or loss and found dept. anything to help customer and airline company. Do you have any opening like that in Denver International Airport? because I live in Denver. I am willing to get my background and drugtest and anyother test or fill application just like to apply a job but this is for volunteering. I can approved tha I am a US Citizen, and also to prove for airport security check for airport. I have NO other purpose to do this just want to learn so next time I would get hired in airlines job. I like this kind a job. Thanks very much for your kindly attention to get back to me. Please contact me thru my email.