Southwest Airlines employees blew in from the frigid Chicago weather to give back to local nonprofits inside the tropical Garfield Park Conservatory on Wednesday. After an engaging presentation from Annette Prince, an SCA alum and director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, a chorus of hammers rang out as the volunteers began the surprisingly challenging task of constructing birdhouses.Read more
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.