Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Employees volunteering for SCA conservation projects.

Southwest Airlines

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.

News, Stories & Projects

Perhaps the SCA + SWA team was inspired by the Winter Olympics, because the competitive spirit was certainly at play in Phoenix. The group of Southwest employees gathered 56 bags of trash, for a total of 2,800 gallons of waste removed!

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Southwest Airlines volunteers were out in full force at Charles Frias park in Las Vegas on Wednesday. With warm weather and sunshine, SWA pilots, grounds-ops, accounts staff, and many more were in high spirits and good humor at the third SWA + SCA Connect with the Community day of service. The volunteers cleaned trash from a newly protected area and removed stakes supporting trees. There was excitement with how quickly time flew and the 690 gallons of trash removed.

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The SCA and SWA braved a possible two inches of snow forecasted for later in the afternoon in Atlanta to volunteer in Piedmont Park on Monday, Feb.10.

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SWA and SCA teamed up to kick off the first of six Message to the Field: Connect with the Community service events that will take place across the country. What an amazing start! Southwest Airlines employees, friends and family, along with SCA staff cleared 10 cubic yards of debris, mulched 93 trees, and planted 80 plants including peppermint ginger. The team worked together to beautify the front entrance to Bill Fredrick Park at Turkey Lake, Orlando, FL.

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For the 2013 Got Dirt? Photo Contest, we asked you to show us how you connect with the natural wonders we all work hard to protect. Your responses were as varied as they were impressive, and it’s been our pleasure to share some of our favorites with you over the last several weeks. 

But picking just three winners out of so many great entries? That was no walk in the park.

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