For more than a decade, East Oakland Youth Development Center has been a community partner of Southwest Airlines. Read more to hear from President and CEO, Regina Jackson, on her memorable experience on Southwest’s inaugural flight to Maui and the volunteer efforts she participated in during her time in the Aloha State.
Southwest’s Adopt-A-Pilot Program is an educational program where Southwest Pilots volunteer in elementary school classrooms across the country using their experience and knowledge to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), geography, career ideas, and more, using fun, aviation themed lessons.
Read more to hear how First Officer Kristine Rasmussen shows students in the Adopt-A-Pilot program that with education, hard work, and a passion, the sky really is the limit. And, her new uniform tie, designed by one of her Adopt-A-Pilot students, shows it really is!
At Southwest Airlines, we believe that empowering young professionals in the communities we serve is an important step in helping those communities thrive. Read more to learn how Southwest supports future leaders in the Asian Pacific American community.
Southwest takes pride in our reputation as the airline with Heart and that naturally extends to a passion for making a difference in our communities and protecting our resources. Read more to learn how two of our Employees take it upon themselves to help the environment in their work and personal lives.
Loving people is at the Heart of Southwest Airlines, and one of the many ways we connect with communities is through our annual Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP). Since 2007, Southwest has supported nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations by providing complimentary, roundtrip tickets for patients and their families to use when seeking medical treatment. Read more to learn more about the impactful reach this program has on families.
At Southwest, our Purpose is to connect People to what’s important in their lives and our partnership with Make-A-Wish® allows us to do just that by providing meaningful travel to Make-A-Wish families. While we continuously support this impactful organization by providing travel to wishes, we recently had a special opportunity to be a part of Randy’s day!
Read more to learn how Southwest and Make-A-Wish granted Randy’s wish to be a Southwest Airlines Mechanic for the day at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Southwest wants to do its part to by championing our communities and respecting our resources. To create a positive environmental impact in the communities we serve, we have partnerships with select environmentally focused organizations, including the National Forest Foundation (NFF). In celebration of Earth Month, read more for a glimpse into how NFF and Southwest work together to impact communities.
For our first flight from Oakland to Maui, we invited Maui local, Lily Meola, onboard to perform Live at 35 to celebrate the music community in Maui and surprise our Customers onboard the inaugural flight. Read more to learn how Lily Meola’s performance made this inaugural flight even more special and helped our Customers connect to the culture of Hawaii.
The Southwest Mobile Boarding Pass is a smart way to save paper and ink all while making the airport experience easier to navigate for our Customers. Read more to discover how our very own Southwest Community Champions, some of our most active Community Members, use the Mobile Boarding Pass on nearly every trip they fly.
The Quiet Storm Foundation’s Annual Black History Month Oratorical Competition provides Las Vegas middle school students the opportunity to encourage and promote cultural diversity amongst their peers and within their community. The competition is one of many that the Quiet Storm Foundation organizes to help underprivileged youth in the Las Vegas community find their path.
Read more on how the students who won the grand prize will fly to Washington, D.C on Southwest Airlines and will learn from leaders in the nation’s capital, told by Southwest Captain Geoff Berry.
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.
Repurpose with Purpose is one of many ways Southwest gives back to communities all over. Through this initiative, we upcycle, downcycle, and recycle thousands of pounds of discarded material into useful products with the help of Partner organizations. Earlier this year, we had a unique opportunity to partner with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos to surprise children celebrating Reyes Magos or Three Kings’ Day.
Sharing our Heart is a big part of Southwest Airlines and for years, we’ve been dedicated to living responsibly and respecting our resources. As you might have seen on Lifetime last night, we had the unique opportunity to celebrate this dedication by being featured in the fan-favorite, Unconventional Materials episode of Project Runway All Stars!
Read more to hear about this fun partnership and how you can purchase limited edition accessories inspired by the collaboration.
During the month of January, advocates, organizations, and individuals around the globe are uniting to raise awareness about the hidden issue of human trafficking. In recognition of the month, we invite you to learn more about the human trafficking issue and the organizations that Southwest supports.
Southwest Airlines announced today the 24 nonprofit organizations across the United States that will be receiving a portion of a $1 million grant program. These organizations are tasked with using the funds to support one of the following programs: K-12 STEM Education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), building a resilient workforce, and leadership development.
Music is a universal language that speaks directly to the soul, which makes it the medium of choice for nonprofit organization Musicians on Call (MOC). Since 2017, Southwest Airlines has been proud to partner with MOC to help bring joy and hope into the lives of hospital patients across the country. Hear from Southwest Employee Marcy Mulnix about her experience volunteering with MOC and representing the organization with her husband at this year’s LUV Classic Golf Tournament & Party!
For more than 33 years, the annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament & Party has been the face of Southwest Airlines' Heart to love People and give back to the community, supporting over 129 charities and investing more than $17 million into life-changing programs and services for children and their families. Read on to learn the results of this year's Party, and the recipient of this year's special 33 FORE 33 donation.
As the temperatures fall and the snow possibly piles up on the ground, it’s a great time to remember what the holiday season is all about: giving back. Giving back is the Heart of our work at Southwest Airlines, and we’re excited to share how a group of our Employees set their sights on volunteerism all the way in Peru. Read on to learn more about their work, and how Southwest’s Tickets for Time program continues to pay the effort forward.
As the airline with Heart, we love hearing stories of Southwest Airlines Customers going above and beyond to lend a helping hand. As you recover from this weekend’s feast, read on to learn how former coworkers Angela and Keith embodied the season’s giving spirit through triumph and tribulation, which all amounted to a greater cause at this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
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.
Southwest is honored to fly more than 50 families to Orlando for a magical five-day all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World for the 2018 Kidd’s Kids trip. This is the 12th year for Southwest to partner with Kidd’s Kids. Read more to hear from the mother of one of this year's Kidd's Kids participants.
What started in a fifth grade classroom over 15 years ago has since taken to the skies! Southwest Airlines Pilot David Childs found himself looking for a way to inspire kids to have the same love of aviation his father instilled in him at a young age. Little did he know that this passion would eventually come full circle.
Read more to hear how Southwest and Adopt-A-Pilot came to eventually reunite teacher and student years later.
Southwest Airlines and Musicians On Call partner to bring the healing power of music to patients and caregivers. Check out how former professional baseball pitcher Barry Zito spent his shift at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.
One of the many ways Southwest Airlines shows our Heart is by investing in the future generations and encouraging these up and coming leaders to soar to new heights. In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, Southwest teamed up with GenHERation to invite one young woman to experience a day in the field learning more about the aviation career of her dreams.
The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, Kidd’s Kids, and Southwest Airlines are teaming up to host a telethon TODAY, Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT to help fund the Kidd’s Kids Walt Disney World Trip. Read more to learn how you can donate and support the trip of a lifetime for these special children.
A few weeks ago, our family was thrilled to be part of Southwest Airlines visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. We joined a group of Adopt-A-Pilot Ambassadors from across the country as they visited and toured the hospital that is changing the way childhood cancers are researched and treated.
Southwest wants to do its part to protect our communities and make the world a better place for future generations by respecting and valuing our resources. To help create a positive environmental impact in the communities we serve, we have partnerships with a variety of environmentally focused groups, including EcoRise. Learn more about how through our partnership, we were able to provide transportation to EcoRise members to attend EcoRise’s first Summer Institute!
Our Heart helps us connect People to what's important in their lives, which is why we are proud to partner with Knights of Heroes, a camp for sons and daughters of fallen soldiers. Learn more about how you can join in supporting other deserving children’s charities during our annual LUV Classic & Party!