When I was accepted into Southwest’s NoLimits Internship program, I couldn’t wait to participate in service projects with other Employees during the summer. As an Intern in the Community Outreach Department, I have the unique opportunity to witness just how much Southwest Employees give from the heart to their communities.
Although I’ve been a member of the Team for a short time, I have already participated in a long-standing Southwest tradition: serving residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas.
Since the 1980s, Southwest Airlines has supported Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. This month, my department teamed up with Technical Operations Employees to cook dinner for families staying at Dallas’ Ronald McDonald House. Located in the Hospital District, the Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay at little or no cost while their children are undergoing treatment for serious illnesses or injuries. I had never visited the House before, and my first experience there was fun, meaningful, and so rewarding.
One of the perks of being an Intern is having the opportunity to dress up as Southwest’s popular mascot, Spirit Jr. While our Team served dinner to the families, Fellow Intern Lexi and I suited up to interact with the kids and pose for photos with the families. The children were adorable–their infectious smiles lit up the room as we talked to them and showered them with LUV in our airplane attire. As we served the families dinner and dessert (the brownie sundaes were a big hit!), the residents enjoyed musical entertainment by two Technical Operations Employees. It was wonderful to see so many Coworkers volunteering their time and talents for a worthy cause.
The fact that Southwest Airlines encourages all Employees to make a difference is a testament to the countless ways that this Company positively impacts communities across the country. Serving a meal may not seem like it would have a very big impact, but I think our efforts made a difference for those families–even if it just made their lives a little easier for an hour or two.