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Heart of the Community Program Revitalizes My Hometown

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As a San Antonio native, I was personally excited to take part in the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community project at Travis Park.  This spring, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the re-opening of Travis Park alongside my Cohearts. We kicked off the morning with Zumba and yoga classes followed by games and good ole’ fun.  Gary Kelly and Mayor Castro held a press... read more

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From the Heart to Kidd’s Kids

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I’ve been a fan of Kidd Kraddick from my teenage years to adulthood. My admiration for him steadily grew over the years, and especially when he started Kidd’s Kids, which focuses on families with terminally ill or physically-challenged children. Each year, Kidd’s Kids treats 50 families to a week-long, all-expenses paid magical theme park vacation.  I always thought it... read more

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Southwest and the East Oakland Youth Development Center

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At the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), we serve a population that doesn’t have access beyond their own community within the City of Oakland and rarely gets an opportunity to dream of the possibilities that exist beyond.  Since 2008, Southwest has allowed us to take our young people on a five-day journey to New York, where students see a diverse range of... read more

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Giving from the Heart with Honduras Good Works

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On Wednesday, July 17, 105 Honduras Good Works Volunteers made their way to rooms at Clara Montana Retreat Center, 60 kilometers south of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  This year marked my sixth time traveling to Honduras with my sons to volunteer.  While we come to Honduras to serve others, I’ve found that each trip I leave having received more than I have given, because of the... read more

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Living the Southwest Way: Outing to C.C. Young

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I am so fortunate to work at Southwest Airlines with Leaders and Cohearts who value serving others, enriching the community, and finding creative ways to accomplish that vision.  Recently, the Culture Services Department gave from the heart during an offsite Team meeting, at C.C. Young Senior Living – Senior Care here in Dallas. This project was organized by a... read more

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Making Barron’s Wish an Incredible Journey

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At Southwest Airlines, we connect people to what’s important in their lives.  We LUV celebrations and making the ordinary, extraordinary.  This is a guest post by Juli McClave, wish granter and Volunteer Manager for Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington. To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, experiences are made by the journey, not the destination.  As a society that tends to... read more

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Southwest’s History: It’s not all about Planes

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In celebration of National Aviation Day, August 19, our Corporate Archiving Intern Anna Weinberger (pictured above on the right) shares her experience at a recent Aviation Archivist Summit event hosted at Southwest’s Headquarters in Dallas. As the Corporate Archiving Intern this summer, I have to confess something: I don’t know much about airplanes.  You want to discuss... read more

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BeCAUSE We Care

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Emergency Response Team and Friends, July 30th Volunteer Day They say that one flame can light a thousand candles.  It can start with one person’s passion, and in turn, have a ripple effect for the greater cause.  For three decades, Employees of Southwest Airlines have supported Community Partners of Dallas (CPD).  CPD supports Child Protective Services caseworkers in... read more

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Courtesy of the Red, White, and Canyon Blue

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This post is written by Rolando Lopez, Greater St. Louis Honor Flight Operations Manager (and retired Southwest Employee!), recounting a recovered Honor Flight and a delayed welcome home celebration for the veterans. My journey with Southwest Airlines began in 1980 and led me to a variety of positions throughout my career, encompassing multiple cities in the network. ... read more

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A Family Reunited

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Patriotism runs deep at Southwest Airlines, and we are proud to partner with charities that support the men, women, and children who sacrifice for our country every day.  This blog post is authored by Patricia Driscoll, President of the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF), an organization that supports and advocates for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen,... read more

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