SEATTLE - Building an international hub isn’t just about the airport.
Delta people are active members of the community in every market the airline serves, and as Delta has increased its service at the airport, it has also increased its service in the community. The airline and its people support more than 70 local organizations through financial contributions, sponsorships, and giving of their time.
Managing the various projects – including KaBOOM! playground builds, Habitat for Humanity builds, and Seattle Pride – is no easy task, but Seattle-based flight attendant Tammy Aguilar makes it look easy. Tammy helps to organize Delta’s Habitat for Humanity builds in Seattle as well as Delta’s fundraising efforts for the End AIDS Walk in Seattle.
We caught up with her recently to talk about community involvement.
Delta has a longer history in Seattle than people realize. What is your history in Seattle?
Being an Air Force brat raised in Anchorage, my first flight attendant job was with Wien Air Alaska, which transferred me to Seattle in 1984. I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest – its beauty, lifestyle, and my future husband Mark.
You play an instrumental role in helping to organize Delta’s community efforts in Seattle. What made you want to be so involved?
Participating in and helping to organize 28 years of End AIDS Walks has taught me that Seattle employees are some of the most generous and dedicated in the system. With Delta's legacy of worldwide community service, they generously support employee-driven, grassroots projects like "Operation READ" in Haiti and Seattle Santa Express, where we bring children to the airport and take them on a trip to the “North Pole.”
Is there a certain project that is particularly near and dear to your heart?
As a project manager it is a sheer joy to work with our Delta employees to complete a home. The Habitat families have a permanent home in my heart.
What is the most meaningful thing you have participated in at Delta?
That is hard to say; I’ve been incredibly blessed. Operation READ following the devastating earthquake in Haiti was a life changer, along with the Jimmy Carter Habitat build. Handing over home keys to April, my first Seattle Habitat home owner, was very special.
How do you feel like you help to represent the Delta brand in your work in the community?
I am very proud to work for Delta, and I do my best to be a credit to the company. Being friendly and hard-working go a long way in building solid relationships with my co-workers, customers and the community. I love being part of a great team, on an airplane or building a home. It takes a village!
Describe how the culture at Delta carries over into our community affairs efforts.
Delta's core value of caring for our community and each other is what I admire most about our airline. Community Affairs makes it easy for us, the individual employee, to participate in outstanding Seattle projects by funding events like Habitat for Humanity, KaBOOM!, Relay for Life, Seattle Santa Express and End AIDS Walk - Seattle, to name a few. I am grateful my company values what I value.