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Hurricane Irene: How You Can Help Red Cross Efforts

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Our hearts go out to those along the East Coast affected by Hurricane Irene.  As a Company we stand for helping communities prepare for disaster, but also providing comfort and aid when these events occur.  We know many of you are watching Hurricane Irene’s path and wondering how you can help as well. Over the weekend, the Red Cross operated or supported nearly 500... read more

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What is 25 Stories Tall and Viewed by 75,000 People an Hour?

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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys aren’t the only ones with an Empire State of Mind! This week, the Conservation in Action Tour joins the glossy lights of Times Square--15,000 square feet of LED lights, to be exact. The Tour is featured on a Times Square digital billboard that climbs 25 stories above Broadway. According to AdWeek, it's one of the nation's premium ad spaces. There are... read more

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Contest Alert: Are YOU Ready to Rock Denver?

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Saturday, May 28, is Denver’s third annual Denver Day of Rock presented by Concerts for Kids, a nonprofit organization that puts on musical events and distributes the proceeds to children’s charities in the Denver area. Great concept, huh? We thought so too. That’s why Southwest Airlines is proud to be a stage sponsor of this great event that will bring more than 20... read more

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It’s Not a Charity. It’s a Challenge.

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Southwest Airlines isn’t the only organization issuing a challenge during National Volunteer Week. (On Monday we announced our 40 Hours for 40 Years Employee Volunteer Pledge). The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization focused on providing service opportunities to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, launched The Mission Continues Challenge that asks all... read more

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Get Up. Get Amped. Give Back.

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This week Southwest Airlines celebrates National Volunteer Week in a big way by issuing a challenge to our 35,000 Employees! In honor of our 40 years of service and our rich history of giving back, Southwest Airlines today launches the 40 Hours for 40 Years volunteer pledge for Employees. For every 40 hours volunteered at a nonprofit by an Employee or group of Employees,... read more

Southwest, a Company for People

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Last Friday, I went to a retirement party for a colleague, Annie, who was saying goodbye after 32 years with Southwest Airlines. I’m not gonna lie, I’m not even 32 years old, so to join her in celebrating a career that spanned three decades was an experience I’ll not soon forget. As she tearfully delivered a speech to the group, I was moved by one particular... read more

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Helping Save Lives with the Medical Transportation Grant Program

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Stem-cell transplants, rigorous chemotherapy, clinical trials, hospitals—these sound like words you’d read in a medical textbook and, unless you’re a doctor, these are words most people would not want as part of their everyday vocabulary. But for Michelle Salerno, a patient of Loyola University Medical Center, these words were her life for seven years.In 2002, Michelle... read more

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Southwest Airlines: Giving in a Time of Crisis

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Southwest Airlines relies on a dedicated group of local Employees in every city we serve who evaluate and respond to each request for a charitable donation that comes from the community. These “Local Giving Boards” allow local Employees to decide how Southwest can be the hometown carrier when it comes to charitable giving in their communities.  Southwest Airlines focuses... read more

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Southwest Airlines Supports Youth Leadership

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  Southwest Airlines maintains a dedicated group of local Employees in every city we serve who evaluate and respond to each request for a charitable donation that comes from the community. Southwest Airlines focuses its resources primarily on five areas of charitable giving: the Military and it Families, Families Facing Serious Illness, Youth Leadership and Community... read more

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Southwest Airlines and a Special Journey For John

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Southwest Airlines relies on a dedicated group of local Employees in every city we serve who evaluate and respond to each request for a charitable donation that comes from the community. These “Local Giving Boards” allow local Employees to decide how Southwest can be the hometown carrier when it comes to charitable giving in their communities.  Southwest Airlines focuses... read more

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Helping a Hero One Home at a Time

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For many American troops returning home from their service in Iraq or Afghanistan, the transition can be a difficult one. Some of these heroes return with injuries that require them to adjust to the many complexities that accompany a disability. HelpingaHero.org is a nonprofit organization that provides support for severely injured military personnel. The organization’s... read more

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES SALUTES MILITARY HEROES FROM COAST TO COAST BY GIVING BACK

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To honor our more than 750 Employees who currently serve in the National Guard and Reserves, along with thousands of Customers who served or are serving in the armed forces, we’re proud to call November “Military Heroes Month.” We hope you’ll join us in celebrating our country’s service men and women this month. We’ll begin our “Military Heroes Month” with The... read more

Southwest Airlines Donates $100,000 to National Wildlife Refuge Association

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We’re excited to announce a donation of $100,000 to the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) thanks to you! That’s right. From September 21 to October 4 Southwest Airlines committed to donate $1 to the NWRA for every purchase of our EarlyBird Check-In ™ product. With your help, we have reached our $100,000 goal! NWRA will use Southwest’s donation to work with... read more

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I’d Rather Be Playing Golf Contest

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This year marks the 25th year of the Southwest Airlines Dallas LUV Classic golf tournament benefitting our favorite home away from home, Ronald McDonald House Charities. Over the last 25 years, the LUV Classic has raised more than $11 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Famous for its Fun-LUVing atmosphere and rockin’ after-party, the 25th Anniversary Dallas LUV... read more

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Coming Together For A Cause

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Across the system, Employees are taking initiative to give back to their communities by volunteering with their favorite charitable organizations. Here at Headquarters, Employees are stepping it up to do a little something extra for the community this summer- in the form of a playhouse designed to look like an airplane. It all started nearly three years ago when David Mount... read more

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Southwest Airlines and The Mission Continues

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Tune in to tonight’s MLB All-Star Game pre-game show at 6 pm CT/4 pm PT on Fox and see a feature on a nonprofit organization called The Mission Continues.  This organization’s mission is to build an America where every wounded and disabled veteran can serve again as a citizen leader, and honor the fallen by living their values through service.  The Mission Continues... read more

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Southwest Airlines One Report: Our Citizenship

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about our new Southwest One Report ™—a single report on our triple bottomline of Performance, People, and Planet adhering to Global Reporting Initiative standards. Have you read the Southwest One Report™ yet? You might ask what this report means to you. Well, I’m just going to throw these reasons out there: Corporate Social... read more

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Southwest Airlines, Honor Flight, and Independence Day

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Independence Day reminds us all of the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. It’s also a reminder that these freedoms come with a high price. This weekend, Southwest Airlines celebrates with the rest of the country those Service members and their families who devote so much to the cause of liberty. As the Official Airline of the Honor Flight Network, we frequently... read more

Southwest Airlines Salutes Father’s Day: A Letter From Dad

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When I was a senior in high school, my dad prepared for my departure to college. You see, I had two older brothers who had moved out of the house a couple years before me, and I would be the last one to leave the nest. I was undoubtedly the most unruly of the three and probably caused my parents the most heartbreak of us all. But I was Dad’s baby girl, and that fact alone... read more

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An Amazing Thing

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As the Official Airline of the Honor Flight Network, Southwest Airlines flies Veterans of World War II all through the year to visit their memorial in Washington, D.C. year round. We’re honored and humbled to be a part of what is a trip of a lifetime for many of these Veterans. Recently, the Honor Flight Network received a beautiful letter from Southwest Customer Margy... read more

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A Hero’s Welcome, a Lifelong Friendship

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I was on reserve.  There were three trips in open time, this particular run: the dreaded double-Sacramento flight that arrives after midnight, Central Standard Time. So I wasn't looking forward to the call from scheduling that I would soon be receiving, notifying me of my assignment. When they called, I gladly accepted, but on my way to the airport I found myself... read more

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SWA Stew: Episode 1

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Want to know what the Top 5 most viewed blogs of the week were on Nuts About Southwest? Well, wait no longer. Here they are! Every week, a member of the Blog Team will present the stories you're most interested in. Fools will be made, in the process.

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Southwest Airlines Salutes Father’s Day: A Letter From Dad

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When I was a senior in high school, my dad prepared for my departure to college. You see, I had two older brothers who had moved out of the house a couple years before me, and I would be the last one to leave the nest. I was undoubtedly the most unruly of the three and probably caused my parents the most heartbreak of us all. But I was Dad’s baby girl, and that fact alone... read more

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Tickets for Time and New Volunteer Database

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"Tickets for Time." It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Tickets for Time (T4T) is more than a kitschy catchphrase, it’s the name of Southwest’s newest program for Employee volunteers.  Go ahead; say it. "Tickets for Time." Now try it with a Texas accent and you’ve just done an impersonation of me. We know the positive impact that volunteers... read more

Seriously. This *really* is what we do, and who we are.

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Some of you may have seen our tv ads recently talking about our Southwest's involvement in our communites. And I don't mean just the communities we serve--I mean all of the communities that Southwest Employees live in.  Unlike other airlines, Southwest has Employees that reside in every single city we serve, and at the same time we live in a lot of communities that... read more

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Southwest Airlines Blog-o-Spondent in Chicago

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Remember how I won that contest and became the Southwest Airlines blog-o-spondent? Well this is my first official trip, to Chicago! Witness museums, snow, public art, trains, fancy dolls, improv, and lots and lots of food. Where should I go next?

Backpack Brigade: Thanks for Enlisting!

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The children of deployed servicemen and women sacrifice a lot when their parent (or, in some cases, both parents) leave home to serve our country.  So when it came time to plan this year’s Companywide Share the Spirit event, we didn’t have a very hard decision to make once we learned about Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront is an organization that works to provide... read more

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Southwest Airlines Travel Tips

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We worked with the comedy group, Curtis Needs a Ride (www.curtisneedsaride.com), to show travel tips that will help you get through security safely and swiftly. Special thanks to www.digitalshakedown.com and www.doubleapictures.com for your awesomeness behind the camera! Enjoy, and please share your own travel tips below! 

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