Southwest Employees Put Heart in Action during Spring Companywide Initiative

Twice a year, we organize a Companywide initiative that encourages Employees to spend time volunteering in their local communities. During the 2018 spring Companywide initiative, hundreds of Southwest Employees participated in environmental service projects across the system.

To help us maximize our impact, we teamed up with one of our sustainability partners, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to celebrate Earth Month and bring conservation projects to cities across the country.

SCA brings passion for the planet and appreciation for the people with whom we serve, without expectation or need of accolade. Southwest folks are our kindred spirits, made clear by how passionate they are when volunteering!
—Kelly Runzel, Director of Corporate and Community Engagement at Student Conservation Association

Thanks to our Employees, SCA staff members, alumni, and community members, thousands of volunteers were able to come together to support conservation efforts nationwide. Working together, SCA and Southwest mobilized more than 4,000 volunteers that (collectively) planted more than 3,000 trees, flowers, and shrubs, created approximately 6,500 pollinator-friendly seed balls, and helped conserve more than 136,000 square feet of parks and public green spaces. In all, 60 unique environmental projects occurred in 22 different states.

Spreading the Love at Herring Run Park in Baltimore
No coffee was necessary for this Baltimore Inflight Crew, and their Southwest Spirit and Fun-LUVing Attitude spread to volunteers working alongside them. The group helped remove invasive vines in Baltimore’s Herring Run Park—and one volunteer really got into the vine-swinging spirit, as you can see here!


Oklahoma City Maps Its Seed Ball Strategy
Seed balls are used to help replant natural flora. Our amazing Oklahoma City Customer Service and Support Team helped create hundreds of seed balls and then created a map to help track their seed balls across the city.


Restoring Wetlands in Southern California
Southwest Volunteers from Los Angeles were literally in the thick of things in the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve. The Cohearts plowed through 1,500 square feet of invasive ivy to help restore this amazing area.

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