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Southwest Airlines Community

It starts with the Heart.
  • 1.1M+ since 2009
    Employee volunteer hours
  • $4.4M+ annually invested
    Employee volunteer service
  • 100 domestic
    Cities across the nation
Medical Transportation Grant Program
  • Medical Transportation Grant Program
  • Volunteerism
  • LUV Classic
  • Ticket Donations
Medical Transportation Grant Program

The Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program provides complimentary, roundtrip tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations. We’re proud to partner with select nonprofit hospitals and organizations in our Medical Transportation Grant Program. The participating nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation nonprofit organizations are allowed the freedom to determine how to distribute the tickets to patients and/or caregivers.




  • 69K+ since 2007
    Round trip tickets donated
  • $27M+ since 2007
    Ticket donation value
  • 104 annually
    Hospitals/medical transportation organizations supported

As part of Southwest’s Tickets for Time program, for every 40 hours an Employee volunteers for a nonprofit, that organization is eligible to receive one complimentary, round-trip ticket on Southwest. This program was launched in 2010 to support and appreciate our passionate Employee Volunteers.

  • 181K+ in 2017
    Hours volunteered by Employees
  • $23.4M+ since 2010
    Value of volunteer time
  • 16K+ since 2010
    Tickets earned
  • $6.4M+ since 2010
    Ticket value
LUV Classic

Since 1985, the Southwest Airlines LUV Classic Charity Golf Tournament and Party has donated more than $16 million to benefit deserving children’s charities. Each year, more than 500 golfers from around the country come to Brookhaven Golf Club to participate in this fun, unique tournament. The LUV Classic is a scramble tournament, consisting of contests including closest-to-the-pin and a straightest drive. Join us to show off your golf game, support a great cause, and take a swing at the many ways to win!




  • $17M
    Raised in 32 years
  • 8K since 1985
    Employee volunteers
  • 124 since 1985
    Children's charities supported
Ticket Donations

Southwest Airlines is committed to giving back to the communities where our Customers and Employees live and work. Community Giving Boards are made up of Employees from various work groups who evaluate donation requests Southwest receives from nonprofit charitable organizations in their community. The Boards donate complimentary, roundtrip travel to support qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that meet our guidelines for fundraising or transportation purposes.




  • 147K+ since 2009
    Donation requests received
  • 369K+ since 2009
    Tickets donated


Our Heart is to take care of people because we are more than an airline; we are your neighbor. We strive to foster a culture that encourages diversity and inclusion and protects individuals’ basic human and civil rights. Our caring and innovative spirit extends to the world we live in through responsible practices. Through a variety of programming, we want to ensure we leave the world a better place for communities of the future.

Signature Outreach Programs


More than 34,000 students participate in our Adopt-A-Pilot program as a way to educate students on aviation-related topics in science, math, and geography taught by more than 600 “adopted” Pilots throughout the country.

Continuing The Legacy

Southwest Airlines partners with the Tuskegee Airmen for the Continuing the Legacy program to provide a hands-on aviation, educational, and mentoring opportunities for middle school through undergraduate students. Since 2007, we’ve engaged 232 students with the legacy of aviation pioneers.


Through this national education initiative, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Southwest Airlines award roundtrip travel to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students across the country who travel away from home to pursue higher education and meet the eligibility criteria. Southwest Airlines has contributed 2,595 tickets to over 1,170 students since 2004.

LUV Classic

Since 1985, the Southwest Airlines LUV Classic Charity Golf Tournament and Party has donated more than $18 million to deserving children’s charities with more than 500 golfers participating in this fun, unique tournament.

Medical Transportation Grant Program

The Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program provides complimentary, roundtrip tickets to patients and caregivers needing to reach medical treatment far from home through our nonprofit hospital and medical transportation organization partnerships. Since the program's inception in 2007, Southwest has donated nearly $32 million in transportation to support more than 79,000 patients and caregivers.

Repurpose With Purpose

Southwest has repurposed more than one million pounds since launching our Repurpose with Purpose initiative in 2013 to upcycle, downcycle, and recycle discarded material into useful products with the help of partner organizations.

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