crew member volunteerism
Hands On Atlanta - Once a year, AirTran Airways participates in Hands On Atlanta, one of the biggest community initiative efforts in Atlanta. In the past, Crew Members have helped restore and beautify Heritage Elementary School and will do the same at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in 2007. Hands On Atlanta volunteers, now 37,000 strong, are at work every day of the year building community and meeting critical needs in schools, parks, senior homes, food banks, pet shelters, low-income neighborhoods and more. Hands On Atlanta is an affiliate of the Hands On Network, an umbrella association of "Cares" and "Hands On" organizations across the United States, U.K. and other countries.
Habitat for Humanity - Habitat for Humanity of Atlanta and AirTran Airways built and donated a home to a single mother in 2005. AirTran Airways has also partnered with Habitat for Humanity in Orlando where Crew Members will get started on their project in November 2007. Habitat for Humanity builds simple and affordable homes in partnership with those in need of decent housing.
Make-A-Wish Foundation - AirTran Airways helps grant over 1,000 wishes each year to children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Founded in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 144,000 children around the world with a network of more than 25,000 volunteers granting a child’s wish in the U.S. every 41 minutes.
March of Dimes -Since 1998, AirTran Airways has participated in WalkAmerica, the annual walk sponsored by March of Dimes. In 2007, we were the Georgia State Sponsor and Walk Day Sponsor in Orlando. Crew Members in Atlanta, Savannah, Carrollton and Orlando raise money and participate each year. The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects and low birth weight.