For more than 15 years, Delta employees have helped families across the globe build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter as part of Delta’s support of Habitat for Humanity. This week, 65 volunteers are in Chulavista, Mexico, continuing this commitment to serve others.
The Delta Global Build volunteer lineup includes 45 Delta employees, representing 23 stations in fivecountries, two SkyMiles customers, two Delta retirees and 16 employees from Delta’s alliance partner Aeromexico.
“There is no greater testament to the Delta Difference than our employees, customers and partners coming together to build a stronger community,” said Tad Hutcheson, Delta’s Managing Director – Community Engagement. “Our long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity and growing alliance with Aeroméxico continue to provide opportunities to serve our global communities and make an impact with every build.”
The joint Delta and Aeromexico team will work alongside future Habitat homeowners in Chulavista, a small community 35 miles north of Puerto Vallarta with a population of 256, to begin the early construction of six new homes. Volunteers will help construct the foundation, bathroom, kitchen facilities and two rooms. Habitat for Humanity Mexico will provide families with the training and guidance to complete their new home with help from local volunteers, architects and engineers.
“This effort marks Delta and Aeroméxico’s third Delta Global Build together and complements 23 years of partnership,” said Nicolas Ferri, Delta’s Vice President – Mexico and Aeromexico/Delta Joint Business. “A commitment to serving others and giving back to the communities where we live, work and serve is a shared core value among both Delta and Aeroméxico. This Build allows us to deepen our servant leadership model, while working together for families in Chulavista.”
For the seventh consecutive year, a SkyMiles customer who bid for the opportunity to participate through Delta’s SkyMiles Experiences online auction will be embedded as a volunteer. Diamond Medallion member Ron Berg from Edina, Minn., won the experience with a bid of 321,000 miles, and is joined by his wife, Julie Berg.
“The extraordinary commitment of partners like Delta helps families break the barriers to securing decent and affordable housing,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, Senior Vice President of Development at Habitat for Humanity International. “We are grateful for the continuous support of Delta and its employees to make a difference in helping families around the world have a decent place to live.”
Delta employees have helped build or rehab 235 Habitat homes in 12 countries around the world. The homes in Mexico will mark Delta’s 236 through 241 home builds in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Employees have previously participated in Delta Global Builds in Argentina, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa and Thailand.
Delta and Aeroméxico collectively offer 75 codeshare destinations that represent over 1,000 daily flights in six countries.