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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, Southwest Airlines will donate a complimentary, roundtrip ticket to that organization through its ongoing Tickets for Time program. The Tickets for Time program is Southwest’s way of supporting the causes that are closest to its Employees hearts.


The 40 Hours for 40 Years volunteer pledge is an extra effort by our Company to encourage Employee volunteerism across our system. In a year where we’ll ring in 40 years of service with lots of celebrations and pats on the back; we will also give a big hug to the communities that have given so much to us by getting out there and volunteering. We hope to log more volunteer hours this year than ever before through the 40 Hours for 40 Years Pledge.



There’s a lot more to come this year. We’re excited to amp up our volunteer efforts in every city we serve! Stay tuned this week for more stories of this positive impact of volunteers. For more information about Southwest Airlines community outreach, visit Southwest.com/Citizenship.

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Congrats to Southwest Airlines that understands the power of humans and employees! It is time to stop the whining and find solutions. http://www.thepmteamblog.com This is the kind of corporate activity that helps create change through action. I for one, would love to have them on my team! Wheels UP to Southwest Airlines!
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LOVE this! What a great way to celebrate National Volunteer Week!
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I think this is an amazing way to promote volunteerism and servant leadership in the community. So glad to hear corporations like Southwest are leading the way in this area. If you need any help with a project in the Kansas City area, I have some experience with volunteer administration and would be glad to help. Blessings and LUV it!
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Fabulous! Great airline, great community outreach. Thank you!
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Would this include VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS? Here in Texas they are what keeps us safe at night.
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How do we get information about our non-profit organization to Southwest and the employees?
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I am part of a 501c3 nonoprofit organization. I would like to send Southwest employees information about our organization. Our websit is www.RunforFreedom.net. We are about brining awareness to and stopping Human Trafficking.
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I run a non profit for individuals with a rare genetic disorder called Xeroderma Pigmentosum "XP" individuals with XP can not be exposed to any sun light or ultraviolet light. We would LOVE to partner with Southwest Airline employees. our website is www.xpfamilysupport.org Michele Milota
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LUV SW!!!
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Would love to have SWA employees join the WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S in TULSA, OK or many other cities across the U.S.! Help us in our MOVE to End Alzheimer's--PARTICIPATE/WALK/ACT/CONNECT! Be a Team Captain, or join a Team...Join the Tulsa Walk to End Alzheimer's at www.tulsawalk.org OR VISIT ALZ.ORG to find a team in your local community!
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That is so cool! I would invite whoever is interested to come and volunteer with us at AIDS SERVICE CENTER in Pasadena, Ca. where we work to empower, and enrich the lives of clients and families who live with HIV and AIDS on a daily basis! WE CAN ALL GO HOME AND RELAX AND GET AWAY FROM IT ALL ,BUT THEY HAVE TO STAY IN THE REALITY OF A CONSTANT CHALLENGE! So come and help us make their lives a little brighter and a little easier, just the way you do in the air! Congratulations on your 40 years!
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I run a non profit for children who suffer from a rare genetic disorder called Xeroderma Pigmentosum "XP". Individuals with XP can not be exposed to any sunlight or man made ultra violet light. Minutes of sun exposure causes 3rd degree burns and premature skin cancer. We would LOVE to partner with Southwest airlines. We are always in need of volunteers and we need airline tickets to help fly children to our special 'lightsafe" family retreat. Please let me know who I can contact. Please visit our website www.xpfamilysupport.org Michele Milota
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I volunteer with the Heartland Council fo the Blind (a 501 c 3 organization. We have no paid staff, only volunteers. We could always use more volunteers to help with ongong projects and hopefully some new projects that the Southwest volunteers might generate. Thank you for the giving spirit of Southwest employees. You can check our website at www.hcbokc.org
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I would like to take this oppertunity to thank Southwest for their continuing support of East Contra Costa County Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization. They have contributed to our fund raisers for years and are a truly giving company. They care!
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Thank you so much to Southwest and the Southwest employees for being so giving and charitable! Your thoughtfulness means so much to so many organizations in need!
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I am part of a Board Member of a non-profit organization. I would like to send Southwest employees information about our organization. Our website is www.momshouselancaster.org. Mom's House Lancaster opened in 1991 in Lancaster, PA to help single mom's complete their education and become financially independent, avoiding welfare-dependency for themselves and their children. Supporting Mom's House makes life better for two generations.
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I'm just grateful for Southwest, it's employees who have developed this airline into what it has become. Thank you to all the people of Southwest Airlines. And as for volunteer's, the one thing I will say is it's about time that the hard times of this period of time have reminded us all that volunteer's help make this country. Thank you to all volunteer's.
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This is just one more reason Southwest Airlines is my favorite way to travel. You have the greatest, friendliest employees in the airline business!
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We flew many airlines before SW. First time we took our kids on SW, the flight attendants threw peanuts at them, and joked during the announcements. We were hooked. it was the funniest flight experience I had ever encountered. We've flown SW ever since; and, I even "coerced" my HR Department at work to let me go out of the norm and fly SW. Besides, it saved them money, even though the State contracted with a travel agency for airfare. (And I told other department Heads how their budgets could be positively impacted by saving travel money). SW--- We love you! BL
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Once again Southwest Airlines leads the way. This time in giving of yourselves even more with the 40 hours pledge. God Bless
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Southwest, Your doing a great job in all aspects of your company. I don't even consider any other airline to fly. Do me one favor please, do not and I repeat "do not fix anything that is not broke"
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When I fly, it's always with SWA. Why? Because I luv you. I have a Downs Syndrome duaghter (46 yrs young) who used to fly w/my dad a lot years ago, and hasn't since the 1980's prior to the present security checkpoints. At her prior residence of 32 yrs, Wings organization used to give a tour for the developmentally disabled & they are now out of business. It would be great if the residential care center which cares for 65 young adults could experience the same type of time my daughter & her former roommates had in the past. The name of the facility is St.Louis Center, Chelsea, MI. They're a non-profit, non-denomination group that would love the experience, Dawns mom. P.S. Keep up the great work. You have my thumbs up. And by the way, my best friends son works for SWA & he always sings your praises.
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Lovin' It!!! We have been Southwest fans for years and years. Want to come to an elementary classroom near SeaTac Airport and volunteer in a high poverty school? I would love to have you meet my 4th graders. td
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Great News on hearing Southwest is celbrating 40 years in the business. The whole team at Southwest are a great bunch and have flown with them or years. Thanks Southwest and keep flying for we just love to fly with happy, well trained, piolets who care, and just a great team. CONGRADULATIONS ON 40 YEARS FOR CARING FOR YOUR COUSTOMERS.
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Very impressive group commitment. The group environment of kindness and giving encourages me to greater heights of kindness and giving. The group always impresses with their creativity and shows me ways to give back that I hadn't thought of. Great effort and thank you.
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I would just like to say that Southwest Airlines is my favorite airline. I have enjoyed every flight I have taken. Each flight was very enjoyable from the time I checked in until we landed at my destination. I am convinced that Southwest is also the safest airline in the air, because you only fly boeing 737s ane this makes for a much faster turn around and the parts if needed are primarialy for just one model of plane. This is a great model for other airlines. Other airlines that try to compete can never happen because of your overall business model. Perhaps I have rattled on enough, but I can't praise you enough. You are my airline of choice along with my entire family. God Bless you and keep up the good service. Verne
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Great Idea! More companies should follow your example! Can't wait to see how many hours are logged! Again, great work!
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Congrats to all of you at SWA without a doubt my favorite airline. Super employees, great flight departure and arrival on time, humor in announcements, sales like no other. What else could you want. Kepp it up team you ROCK!