ATLANTA, Sept. 13, 2010 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) employees from seven cities across the country will roll up their sleeves to partner with Habitat for Humanity, constructing both new homes and renovating others. More than 2,600 Delta employees will participate in the builds which kick off between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15, and will last between three to six weeks. Additionally, in October, 90 specially-selected Delta volunteers will travel to Chile, donating their personal vacation time to build 15 houses in El Monte, an area near Santiago that was devastated by February's earthquake.
"Delta people have a long tradition of supporting the communities where we live and work, and our long association with Habitat is a great way to show that support and better our communities," said Ed Bastian, president of Delta Air Lines and board member of Habitat for Humanity International.
Domestically, volunteers will work on homes in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York City. Several of the projects represent local Habitat achievements or special milestones including a LEED-certified home in Los Angeles, and in Boston, the final home in the largest density urban project in the Northeast. Also of note, this year's build will see the completion of the 33rd and 34th homes that Delta team members have built in the Atlanta Area since 2000.
“These projects represent the very best of Habitat for Humanity’s relationships with corporate partners,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Delta Air Lines employees have become passionate supporters of affordable housing and have become an integral part of Habitat’s efforts worldwide to help families realize their dreams of a better life. We are very grateful that Delta shares our goals to build strong communities.”
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 354 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world’s largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.