On Monday, January 20th, Student Conservation Association (SCA), in sponsorship with American Express and Southwest Airlines, teamed up with National Park Service (NPS) to serve at Anacostia National Park. In honor of MLK Jr. Day, over 150 community volunteers came out to help remove litter from the park shoreline and lands. In total, volunteers cleared nearly 16 acres of park land, more than 1,100 feet of shoreline, and accumulated over 150 trash bags.Read more
Luv Your Planet
Connect with your community by helping conserve the planet! Just because we have to social distance from each other, doesn’t mean we have to distance ourselves from the outdoors. Join SCA in online conservation activities that will connect you to the planet and to each other. You can help conserve by creating pollinator habitats, planting a tree, reducing your use, building a garden, and taking a hike!
Take action to build a better planet, and connect to SCA’s Virtual Programs here!
Join SCA’s Virtual Day of Service on Saturday, September 26th!
On Saturday, September 26th, SCA is hosting a Virtual Day of Service in honor of National Public Lands Day! All SCA alumni, partners, staff, family, and friends are welcome to virtually meet up and support the planet. In this new normal of social distancing, SCA will provide a variety of conservation projects including socially distant litter abatement hike, online environmental education sessions, and more! These projects have been thoughtfully cultivated by fellow SCA alumni to provide conservation activities to participants across the nation.
Join Fall Pollinators and Plantings Webinar on Tuesday, October 13th!
On Tuesday, October 13th at 11am and 3pm Cst, Southwest Airlines employees and guests will learn about the importance of pollinators and their habitats. SCA alumni leaders will guide employees in fall bulb planting best practices and demonstrate bulb planting and wildﬂower seed ball making, two great activities to help restore pollinator habitats. Be on the lookout for registration details from Southwest.
Southwest Airlines Stories:
SCA Alumni Ambassador Shows LUV for Southwest Airlines
“Being an SCA Ambassador has given me the opportunity to visit communities that I’ve never been to before, learn about issues they are facing, and lend a helping hand to tackle those issues while also helping the environment. One of the most memorable service projects I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of is helping restore a community garden in South Los Angeles with a nonprofit called RootDown LA. After two days of hard work, SCA Ambassadors and volunteers transformed the garden by creating community gathering areas, building picnic tables and [more.] It’s fulfilling to see the positive impacts we’ve had as Ambassadors in communities throughout the country.
The opportunities I’ve had as an SCA Ambassador wouldn’t be possible without the support of Southwest Airlines in getting myself and my fellow ambassadors to service project sites across the country. Southwest Airlines makes it easy to book and alter ﬂights when needed. I’m grateful for the partnership between SCA and Southwest Airlines in helping build the next generation of conservation leaders.”
~ Elisa Escobar, SCA alumni and Community Ambassador
Southwest Soars with Community Giving and Conservation
Southwest Airlines demonstrates its commitment to our communities and the environment through their partnership with SCA. As the oﬃcial airline of SCA, Southwest Airlines provides hundreds of airline tickets each year for members, leaders, and staff. This generous gift enables SCA to have the capacity to service over 600 parks in all 50 states contributing over 1.3M hours of service. Join the partnership by donating your Southwest Rapid Rewards.
Not Just a Flight – How SCA is Able to Soar
When Southwest Airlines donates a ﬂight to SCA it turns into something so much more. Thanks to Southwest, our youth leaders gained important workforce skills, which included conservation skills training, “Leave No Trace” training, chainsaw safety training, leadership development, and project planning. The donated vouchers from Southwest enabled dozens of youth to participate in life-changing conservation crew experiences in all corners of the country. The vouchers also allowed SCA staff to travel between the different SCA oﬃces across the U.S., which helped staff members meet, share best practices, and participate in essential trainings.
On Earth Day, the Southwest vouchers mobilized teams in 10 different cities to host conservation events engaging citizens, employees, and youth to help give back to our planet. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds came together to restore local parks and green spaces—planting thousands of trees, making thousands of wildﬂower seed balls to bring back native pollinators, and completing other projects to educate community members and help build capacity at urban parks nationwide. Southwest employees in New York, Houston, and Seattle rolled up their sleeves to help add to the over 2,400 volunteers.
One of our most exciting innovations, seed balls, has been spreading across the nation, thanks in part to Southwest. These seed balls help create wildﬂower and native plant habitats that help pollinators survive. Without pollinators, much of the farmed and wild ﬂora that humans and other animals depend on for food, air, and shelter would die off, and that, suﬃce it to say, would not be good for anyone.
A Reputation to Grow With
Southwest Airlines’ stellar reputation has enabled us to develop new partnerships, allowing us to expand our reach. Companies including Nestlé in the U.S. and American Express have joined to help our cause, thanks in part to Southwest Airlines’ reputation and the programs enabled by Southwest’s contributions to SCA. Our nonprofit would not have the capabilities to afford meeting with companies to develop innovative partnerships if it were not for the support of Southwest.
Thanks to Southwest, we exceeded our goal of $25,000 on #GivingTuesday. In addition, we reached 25,000 pictures in our #DonateAPhoto campaign by gifting two Southwest Airline tickets as a prize.
A Company that Cares
Southwest Airlines believes in giving from the heart to make a positive impact on communities year-round. Southwest Employees join student volunteers at SCA’s service projects across the United States. Their desire to make a difference is part of who Southwest Airlines is as company, one that truly cares. They may be an airline, but they do some of their best work on the ground, and it wouldn’t be possible without their passionate employees. If you would like to join the team, donate your Rapid Rewards points here.