Delta employees have helped families across the globe for more than twenty years through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit organization that helps families build or improve a place they can call home. This week, Delta employees, along with employees from partner airline GOL and Santander Brasil, are in Recife, Brazil, continuing this commitment to service to communities worldwide.
The 2019 Delta Global Build takes place March 18-22, marking Delta's 16th Global Build with Habitat for Humanity and the first Build in Brazil. Volunteers include 54 Delta employees and two retirees, representing 24 stations and four countries, and 12 employees from GOL, the leading airline in Brazil. Four employees from Santander Brasil also join the team of volunteers.
The 72-member team will work alongside future Habitat homeowners in Nossa Senhora do Ó, a small town near Recife, to begin construction of six new homes. The work involves the construction of exterior walls, bathrooms, kitchen facilities and the first two rooms of each home.
"The Delta Global Build shows that travel is not just about connecting destinations, but also experiences, cultures, people, airlines and the global community," said Tad Hutcheson, Delta's Managing Director – Community Engagement. "It is a privilege to have our colleagues at GOL join us on this year's Global Build with Habitat for Humanity, strengthening our partnership and supporting the community we serve together in Brazil."
"The team is happy to take time from their work to join forces with GOL and Santander Brasil to be an active participant in making our communities stronger. This is at the heart of Delta’s core values,” said Fabio Camargo—Delta’s Director, Brazil. “The days spent on this project will be memorable for all of us.”
“Delta has truly made a global impact in helping families secure safe and affordable housing,” said Julie Laird Davis, Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Habitat for Humanity International. “We are grateful to Delta for its support over the years and the many employees who volunteer their time and skills to work alongside Habitat homeowners around the world.”
Delta employees have helped build or rehabilitate 264 homes in 12 countries all over the world since our partnership with Habitat for Humanity began in 1995. Delta Global Builds have been organized in Argentina, Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, India, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.
Giving back to the communities where we live, work and serve is core to Delta's culture, and the Delta Global Build is a special way for Delta employees to give back by helping to provide safe, affordable and decent housing to those in need through our partnership with Habitat.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is working to connect the world and that starts by making a difference in the communities where Delta people live, work and serve. When customers choose Delta, they make a difference in communities around the world. Last year, Delta and The Delta Air Lines Foundation contributed over $50 million through the airline's commitment to give one percent of its income to key charitable organizations. Delta people actively volunteer their time and talents, an effort is amplified through the Great Delta Give Back, the airline’s commitment to pay employees to spend a day volunteering for a host of causes across the globe, with key focus areas including health and wellness, education, military and veterans, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion.
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.