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.
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.
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.
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!
At Southwest Airlines, we’re focused on connecting People and championing community. We have a long history of giving back, which is evident in our dedication to the places where our Customers live and work.
To continue this commitment, we’re excited to share the launch of a $1 million charitable grant program to support innovative nonprofit organizations across the United States. This exciting grant will provide us the opportunity to further invest in the careers and workforces of tomorrow!
A letter from Herb Kelleher more than 20 years ago began my involvement with the Southwest LUV Classic & Party. The passion for the event, which benefits children’s charities, grew for my colleagues and me over the years—we went from simply golfing in the tournament to becoming sponsors so that we could invest directly! Two years ago, our connection to the Southwest LUV Classic & Party and one of this year’s recipients, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), grew even stronger.
In celebration of National Teddy Bear Day, which occurs each year on September 9, Southwest Airlines and Build-A-Bear Workshop are teaming up to donate 20,000 teddy bears to charitable organizations that Southwest supports. Read more to learn about the partnership and donations.
It’s no secret Southwest Airlines is dedicated to the People and communities we serve. We love to give back and one of the many ways we do this is through our Medical Transportation Grant Program. Since the program’s inception in 2007, we have donated more than 69,000 tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations for use by patients and caregivers in need of travel assistance.
Embracing our Servant’s Heart and giving back to our communities is one of the many ways Southwest Airlines Employees Live the Southwest Way. As a Flight Attendant for Southwest for the past 21 years, I’ve always been passionate about volunteering and I’m thankful to be part of a Company that supports this passion. Recently, I participated in a community opportunity that surpassed my wildest dreams with the help of nearly 30 Southwest Employees and numerous community partners!
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.
Twice a year, Southwest Airlines organizes a companywide initiative that encourages Employees to come together and spend time volunteering in their local communities. During this year’s spring companywide initiative, hundreds of Employees put their Hearts in Action and participated in more than 70 projects across the system.
To help us create impact and make this volunteer event a success, we teamed up with one of our sustainability partners, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to bring conservation projects to cities across the country.
Emerging Leaders Program Participants LEAP for their dreams. With Southwest Airlines' support, LEAP is able to bring a diverse group of individuals together in Los Angeles and New York. Participants who had not been able to travel for leadership training are now able to learn from other Asian and Pacific Islanders across the country. This national perspective has inspired creative solutions and professional opportunities.
In 2007, Southwest Airlines proudly launched the Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP) to help provide nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations across the nation with roundtrip tickets for patients and/or caregivers in need. We are pleased to share the 2018 MTGP recipients includes 79 hospitals across the United States, including 3 hospitals that are brand new to the program this year!
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.
At the end of last year, I had the opportunity to help celebrate two very special programs sponsored by Southwest Airlines. In 2017, Southwest Airlines celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Medical Transportation Grant Program and the 20th anniversary of its Adopt-A-Pilot program. Both programs celebrate children and there is no better way to bring these two events together than to create an incredible day for some amazing kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®!
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.
On Saturday, Southwest flew its third humanitarian animal rescue flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Baltimore/Washington to help relocate animals off the island after many were impacted by Hurricane Maria. It all started with a call to Southwest from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, an animal rescue organization based in the D.C. area and their partner in Puerto Rico, PR Animals. Seeing our Employees come together and donate their time to make an effort such as this happen, make me so proud to work for Southwest Airlines!
Have you ever been on the trip of a lifetime? In November, Southwest Airlines had the privilege of flying 50 families to Walt Disney World in Orlando for the 2017 Kidd’s Kids trip. I’m not a gambler, but I’d bet the Kidd’s Kids families will tell you they went on the trip of a lifetime!
Southwest Airlines partnered with GenHERation for Discovery Days 2017 to provide a day of learning about Southwest and women in the workforce for 50 young women. Among these girls was Lilly Santiago, a SWA Ramp Agent's daughter, who previously connected with many Southwest women and spent a day in the field in Baltimore.
After a local elementary school defied odds to make it to major soccer tournament in Orlando, they realized they wouldn't be able to afford the trip. Southwest Heart jumped into action to save the day.
Southwest teamed up with San Diego’s Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) to aid in relief efforts for a local Houston organization, Operation Pets Alive! (OPA). A total of 64 shelter animals boarded a retiring -300 aircraft to fly from Austin to San Diego, where they will remain under the care of HWAC and available for adoption in the following weeks.
At Southwest Airlines, we believe in empowering the next generation to achieve their career goals. One of the ways we do that is by passing along the lessons we’ve learned along the way. We are proud to partner with GenHERation, and next week we’ll welcome a group of talented young women to our Headquarters for Discovery Days. These young women will learn what some of our women Leaders throughout their careers. Captain Nicole Alicea shares how studying hard in science and math can give you a view you can’t find in any other career!
Our People have always been the Heart of Southwest Airlines and that's why we're passionate about inspiring the next generation. In less than a month, Southwest Airlines will proudly welcome the young women of GenHERation to learn what it takes to be a Leader at Southwest Airlines and get advice on how to make their career dreams come true!
Thank you to Ramp Agent, Sara Pawlak, for sharing your career journey with these young women and helping to show one of the many ways women kick tail at Southwest Airlines!