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Keeping Our Commitment

When it comes to giving back, Southwest stands firm.

At Southwest Airlines, we live by The Golden Rule; it’s at the heart of everything we do. When we started out more than 43 years ago, it was the support, generosity, and sacrifices of our Employees and Customers that got us through the turbulence of those early years. We haven’t forgotten our beginnings and have never taken relationships—with our Employees, Customers, and communities—for granted. We believe in connecting people to what’s important in their lives. We know these connections often happen in communities, and our commitment to them is as strong as ever. 

Southwest has supported our communities since the very beginning by encouraging the Servants’ Hearts of our Employees. We are in the kitchens of Ronald McDonald Houses, preparing and serving dinners for families whose children are receiving care for life-threatening illnesses. We are in the classroom, teaching fifth graders goal-setting, aviation, and career skills through our Adopt-A-Pilot program. We are outside, revitalizing public places through our Heart of the Community program. 

Regardless of where we choose to serve, one thing remains constant: We may be an airline, but we do some of our best work on the ground, in our communities. We believe in bringing people together, inspiring change, and making a difference in the lives of others. We support global and national nonprofit organizations, champion our own giving programs, and encourage individual Employees and community members to volunteer and advocate for the causes they believe in most. And it always comes from the heart. —Whitney Bartels

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