Helping Build Community with Heart
For more than 40 years, Southwest has been connecting People and championing communities. Whether in the air or on the ground, we believe community is more than a place – it’s at the Heart of what brings us together.
Our relationships with our communities go far beyond the airports where we take off and land. That’s the thinking behind Heart of the Community, our signature community outreach program. Its mission is to build connections that bring People together and strengthen communities for a more resilient future. We know firsthand that well-connected communities are the ones that more easily overcome challenges.
“In meaningful interactions, we find the good in one another, which serves to open our minds and hearts to our fellow neighbor,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman and CEO.
One of the ways we accomplish this is by investing in places for those connections to flourish. In partnership with the national nonprofit Project for Public Spaces, Heart of the Community grants provide funding and technical assistance to local community partners to bring new life to their public spaces.
By supporting central, vibrant, active public spaces, Heart of the Community grants facilitate connections, which are the foundation for more resilient communities. Since introducing the program in 2014, we have provided grants to 18 Southwest communities in the U.S. and Mexico for a total investment of $2 million. We are committed to Loving People, Building Resilience, and Living Responsibly.