Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Employees volunteering for SCA conservation projects.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines supported more than 40 conservation projects nationwide in 2019! The Student Conservation Association is proud to partner with Southwest Airlines in building the next generation of conservation leaders. SCA staff and alumni Ambassadors were able to fly to locations all over the country to lead sustainability projects.
 

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


Upcoming Events:

Join SCA in celebrating Earth Month 2020!

This April, SCA is celebrating Earth Month across the nation! With national support from Southwest Airlines, we are aiming to connect our members, alumni, friends, and partners across the country to creat a nationwide netowrk of Earth Month celebrations.

From large-scale team-based events to “quick touch” service activities at local community sites, SCA can help you find an opportunity. Click here to learn more and register!


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

From WMBB News 13 Panama City, FLThe Florida Forest Service and Florida Trail Association took advantage of Southwest Airlines’ 40th Anniversary celebration Monday. A dozen local volunteers from the airline pitched in to clear 3 miles of trails in Pine Log State Forest. The local project was just one along the nationwide route of the airline’s Conservation in Action Tour.

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An SCA and Southwest Airlines Tour40 video was just submitted to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship International Film Festival…and we’d love your vote! The Center for Corporate Citizenship’s annual Film Festival provides companies with an opportunity to demonstrate how they have utilized video as a communication tool.

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An SCA and Southwest Airlines Tour40 video was just submitted to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship International Film Festival…and we’d love your vote! The Center for Corporate Citizenship’s annual Film Festival provides companies with an opportunity to demonstrate how they have utilized video as a communication tool.

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We posed a question and it was this: Got Dirt?The winner of this year’s Got Dirt? Photo Contest chose to answer that question literally, and with a resounding “Yes!”Put on a smock and some goggles and acquaint yourself with “The Sandman,” this year’s grand prize-winning photograph.

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(WASHINGTON, DC) Feb. 5, 2014 —- The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Southwest Airlines today announced their work together is “nonstop and gaining altitude.” SCA, the national leader in youth service and stewardship, and Southwest, the Official Airline of SCA, have renewed their alliance through 2015.  The two-year extension boosts Southwest’s total support and services for SCA to more than one million dollars.

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