Delta Air Lines and our employees have a civic obligation to give back to the communities where we live and work. As part of our Force for Global Good, Delta Air Lines, the Delta Air Lines Foundation and our employees contribute time, energy and millions of dollars to a host of philanthropic causes.
Delta employees give life
Delta is one of the top corporate donors of blood to the American Red Cross, a partnership that has spanned more than 70 years. Last year, Delta employees donated more than 6,000 pints of blood – saving many lives. In addition, Delta proactively partners with the American Red Cross to serve as an Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) member -- giving $500,000 annually to provide relief aid to those who need it most, as well as mobilizing donation efforts through Delta employees in times of disaster.
Delta employees give their time
Through May 2015, Delta has built 214 homes through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. In 2014, more than 2,000 Delta employees partnered with Habitat to give eight deserving families safe and decent shelter during our fall domestic builds. Delta employees also worked with our airline partner, GOL, to build six homes in Argentina during the Delta Global Build in March 2015.
In 2014, Delta volunteers spent almost 40,000 hours volunteering at Delta’s Community Affairs-sponsored events, not including the hours employees spend helping out in their own communities.
Delta employees give financial resources
Delta employees consistently give more than $1.8 million annually to the United Way to help those less fortunate in our communities. Among Delta’s senior leaders, there is a 100 percent participation rate in giving to the United Way.
Delta employees give hope
Each year, Delta employees raise millions of dollars for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, amfAR, CARE and Covenant House to fight cancer and other diseases, homelessness and poverty. Last year, Delta employees and customers raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, respectively.
Delta employees give inspiration
Delta employees teach students financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business readiness and economics through our partnership with Junior Achievement. In New York and Minneapolis-St. Paul, for example, high school students spent time "job shadowing" Delta employees to learn what it takes to succeed in the business world. In Atlanta and Los Angeles, students learn financial literacy and budgeting skills through Junior Achievement’s Finance Park.
Delta leaders sleep outside to raise awareness of youth homelessness
Each November, Delta leaders participate in Covenant House’s Executive Sleep Out where business leaders across the country spend one night on the streets in solidarity with homeless kids. The initiative aims to raise awareness and funds to support the life-changing work of Covenant House. Delta provides support through sponsorship of Covenant Houses in Georgia, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York.
Delta employees give the gift of play
Delta has partnered with the national non-profit KaBOOM! to build nine playgrounds since 2013 – three in Seattle, two in Atlanta, two in Los Angeles and one each in Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul. More than 125 Delta volunteers participate in each one to help build a playground in just one day providing the gift of play to thousands of children.
Delta employees give life skills
Whether it is learning to swim or attending after school tutoring sessions, many children have benefitted from Delta’s partnership with YMCAs in our communities. Delta played a lead role in the capital campaign of the YMCA of the Rockaways in New York.
Delta employees give creativity an outlet
Through our partnership with True Colors Theatre Company, Delta inspires kids to use their imagination and creativity to perform at the August Wilson Monologues Competition held annually in New York.
Delta employees salute the Armed Forces service members and veterans
Delta employees support the USO, the Marine Toys for Tots campaign, Luke’s Wings and the Fisher House Foundation. In 2014, more than $250,000 and thousands of toys and bikes were donated to the Marine Toys for Tots campaign in key Delta cities.
As a national sponsor for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Delta is proud to honor the legacy of the living Medal of Honor recipients by providing each of these national heroes with our highest SkyMiles status-Diamond Medallion, as well as providing funding for educational programs of the Foundation.
Delta employees celebrate diversity
Whether it is supporting the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Japan Society, the National Association of Chinese Americans, Pride or the One Hundred Black Men of America, Delta employees celebrate and promote diversity.
Delta employees care about the environment
Delta employees are committed to operating in a sustainable manner and are always looking for new ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Delta has created opportunities for customers to offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with their flights through the Nature Conservancy. In addition, Delta employees have built six Habitat for Humanity homes, the most recent one in Seattle, using funds generated from onboard recycling initiatives.
Delta employees give meals
Through Delta’s partnership with many community food banks nationwide, Delta employees have fed thousands of hungry people hot meals and repacked donated goods while warming their hearts. Delta's financial and in-kind support helps our Food Bank partners address food poverty through a variety of programs, as well as providing nutrition education to those in need.
Delta employees give smiles
Through Delta’s partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals Champions program, Delta employees bring smiles to the parents of kids who have a remarkable medical story.
One of Delta’s core values is giving back to the communities we serve. Through Delta’s community outreach worldwide, we strive to make a difference in the world.