Since 2013, the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Program, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces (PPS), has awarded grants and placemaking technical assistance to organizations across the United States and Mexico. This year, in our collective effort to help communities and cities shape their future through public space, we are proud to continue our support of placemaking work in San Diego, California and San Antonio, Texas through grants of technical assistance from PPS.
At Southwest Airlines, we put our Heart into everything we do. We do this by connecting People to what’s important in their lives, in the air, on the ground, and in the communities where we live, work, and serve.
The Southwest Heart is about loving people, building resilience, and living responsibly. Whether it’s through a Companywide initiative or on an individual basis, our Employees extend their Hearts in service—they create community wherever they are by volunteering time, talent, and Heart to make a difference.
Since 2013, the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, has awarded more than $3.6 million in grants and placemaking technical assistance to 20 organizations across the U.S. and Mexico City to transform their public spaces into thriving community gathering places.
Learn more about each of our 2018 Southwest Heart of the Community grant recipients and check out what they hope to accomplish through this program!
Southwest Airlines partnered with GenHERation to offer two young women from the GenHERation network the chance to attend the 2018 Southwest Airlines Rally in Las Vegas. During the Rally, Melissa and Heidi heard from Senior Leaders on the main stage, connected with Southwest Employees to learn about their career journey, visited with different Teams during the Expo, and experienced the Southwest Culture firsthand.
Southwest Airlines and The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) have partnered together the last 14 years for the annual "¡Lánzate! / Take Off!" Program. The program provides an opportunity for college students to travel home to see family.
For one of last year’s recipients, Emily Rojas, the award meant the world to her.
When I moved from California to attend college across the country in Washington D.C., I always assumed I was going to travel back home for the holidays. However, when my family and I realized how much it would financially cost us for me to go back home, we knew it wasn’t something we could afford. After two years away at school, I was finally able to make the trip back home for Thanksgiving thanks to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Southwest Airlines.
It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we open our Hearts, put aside our differences, and come together for a common goal.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, Southwest Employees, friends, and family did just that when they braved the frigid temperatures and joined together for a whole-community effort to bring positive change to the English Avenue neighborhood in Atlanta.
PHX Southwest Coheart, Steve Land, Ground Operations – Provisioning Operations Manager, shares about his personal connection, involvement, and perspective about the Southwest Resilient Communities commitment to the Park South community.
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.
This is a guest blog post by Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, Executive Director MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
Southwest Airlines proudly gives back to the Hispanic community during Hispanic Heritage Month and all throughout the year through its support of nonprofit organizations like MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana.
Executive Director of Indy Bike Hub YMCA Karen Ogden acts as a connector for the hub of City Market East Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. She and her team partnered with Southwest's Heart of the Community program to promote growth for this neighborhood.
Greta proved integral to the success of Southwest Airlines’ 2016 Heart of the Community Grant to Philadelphia’s City Hall Courtyard, serving as a visionary from the beginning, an active proponent of the project throughout, and a selector of the final design at the end. Known as a dynamic “connector” in her community, Greta helped bring together the many pieces of the project that led to its final success.
Since December 2015, Lugares Públicos has been helping citizens reimagine Lindbergh Forum—a historic Art Deco plaza at the center of Parque Mexico in the Roma-Condesa District of Mexico City. The work is supported by Southwest Airlines’ Heart of the Community program, and the forum is the first project outside the U.S. to receive a grant.
Southwest and Project for Public Spaces are now accepting applications for the 2017 Heart of the Community grant. To learn more about the grant and how to apply, visit www.pps.org/heart-of-the-community.
Through our Heart of the Community grants, Southwest Airlines seeks to help people build meaningful connections with those around them in our communities’ public space. Apply now for a Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant in your city!
Southwest Airlines is once again blazing an online trail by combining our storytelling platform with a support forum that allows Customers to interact with each other (as well with Southwest Employees) to find the information they need to make traveling on Southwest easier and more enjoyable.