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Working Together to Strengthen Communities

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The Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program is our commitment to building connections that bring people together and strengthen communities for a more resilient future. Since 2013, Southwest has invested $6.4 million in building connections and supported projects in 21 cities.

 

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We put our Hearts into action by loving our neighbors for a more resilient future

As part of the program and in partnership with Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, Southwest Employees in ATL, MDW, and PHX will be part of a whole-community effort that engages local changemakers to take individual and collective action in three local communities. We hope to transform English Avenue (ATL), Bronzeville (MDW), and Park South (PHX) into thriving places of opportunity.

 

Through next June, we will work collectively to move the neighborhood forward. From planting trees to provide shade, making enhancements to community gardens and play spaces, to improving vacant store fronts and streetscape appearance, together, we can support our neighbors in their efforts to improve the way their communities look, feel, and function.

 

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On August 26, our MDW Employees put their Hearts in action at the Bronzeville Block Party by building relationships with residents, serving food, building and distributing back to school kits, playing bingo with senior citizens, and engaging families in various games and activities. More than 150 residents enjoyed the event over a four-hour period, all while volunteers cleaned two city blocks and distributed 144 backpacks filled with school supplies.

 

Tree.jpgOn October 28, PHX Employees volunteered their Hearts and hands in the Park South neighborhood in Phoenix by planting 22 large shade trees throughout the neighborhood, which will provide much needed relief during those blistering, high-temperature days. Our PHX Cohearts also worked together to spruce up ML King Elementary School by painting two new murals, building two kid-sized picnic tables, installing a custom built sandbox, beautifying the campus by picking weeds and picking up litter, and installing new shade over an existing pergola.

 

Whether in the air or on the ground, we believe community is more than a place–it’s at the Heart of what brings us together. Southwest is proud to support our neighbors in the English Avenue, Bronzeville, and Park South communities!

 

Are you looking for ways to put your Heart in Action? Visit allforgood.org to find a volunteer project or opportunity near you.