ATLANTA, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) employees from across the country will roll up their sleeves to partner with Habitat for Humanity, to create affordable housing in the United States and Haiti. More than 2,000 Delta employees will participate in the build projects that kick off on Sept. 12.
"As part of Delta's Force for Global Good, Delta people put a high value on supporting the communities where we live and work, and our long history with Habitat is testament to the commitment our people have for service," said Ed Bastian, president of Delta Air Lines and board member of Habitat for Humanity International.
In the U.S., volunteers will work on homes in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City and New York City. The Salt Lake City build will focus on rehabilitating a house near the airport at the center of a neighborhood revitalization program. The New York City build will include new construction work on 12 new condominium units. In Atlanta, this year's build will see the completion of the 36th house that Delta team members have built in the area since 2000.
In addition, 10 specially-selected Delta volunteers will travel to Leogane, Haiti in early November with 400 volunteers from Habitat for Humanity International for the Habitat's 2011 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. During this trip, volunteers will donate their personal vacation time to build 100 houses 18 miles outside of Port-au-Prince, the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake.
"Delta Air Lines employees continue to be passionate supporters of affordable housing and have become an integral part of Habitat's efforts worldwide to build hope, communities and homes," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "These projects represent the very best of Habitat for Humanity's relationships with corporate partners, and we are very grateful that Delta shares our goals to build strong communities."
Delta's Habitat for Humanity build projects begin in Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul on Sept. 12, in Cincinnati on Sept. 13, in Atlanta and Salt Lake City on Sept. 20 and New York City on Oct 6.
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 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year, and was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 339 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 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, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines