"It has been a monumental year for our partnership with Habitat for Humanity," said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director – Community Affairs. "We are thrilled with all the employees and customers who have donated not only their time and talents, but a piece of their hearts, in helping to build 19 homes with families in need of affordable housing in 2017."
This year alone, Delta volunteers have built or rehabilitated a total of 19 homes in Mexico and cities across the U.S.:
- Chulavista, Mexico: Just this week, a team of 70 volunteers, including 47 Delta (and two Delta Global Services employees and two retirees) and 16 Aeromexico employees and seven SkyMiles customers, traveled to Mexico to help build six more homes in Chulavista, including the 250th Delta home. Working with the families, volunteers focus on building the foundation, kitchen and two rooms of the homes in Chulavista. Following the April trip to build six homes during the 13th Delta Global Build with a team of 65 Delta and Aeromexico volunteers and customers, Delta has built a total of 12 homes in this small community near Puerto Vallarta.
- Atlanta: In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Atlanta, Delta volunteers built two new homes in southwest Atlanta, near Delta's home base at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Also in Atlanta, a group of 40 Delta volunteers representing the Women's Employee Network business resource group participated in the Atlanta Women's Build, a unique project where houses are built by women for women.
- Los Angeles: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Delta built Delta's 7th Habitat home in the Los Angeles area and Habitat LA's 800th home since its inception in 1990. The home was funded by Delta's In-Flight Recycling Program and is part of a multi-year $900,000 pledge by Delta to help build affordable housing in Los Angeles.
- New York City: Delta partnered with Habitat for Humanity New York City to rehab a home that had been abandoned for about 15 years in Queens, just 5 miles from John F. Kennedy International Airport and 10 miles southeast of LaGuardia Airport. The home was originally built in 1925 and Habitat purchased it from the New York City Housing Authority for $1. During the project, Habitat honored Delta for a decade of support at its annual House Party gala, where Delta employee Nadia Seebrath was named Habitat NYC's corporate volunteer of the year.
- Minneapolis: Delta volunteers helped build a new construction home in Minneapolis, approximately nine miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. This is the first home Delta has built inside the city limits of Minneapolis.
- Seattle: Delta built its second home in an all-Habitat development designed specifically for military veterans and their families in partnership with Habitat SKC. The home is located in Pacific, Wash., in south King County, which is the area of the county where the largest number of Veterans with disabilities, living in poverty or experiencing emergency financial needs live.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others," said Ian Argumosa, Specialist – Revenue Management, ATG and volunteer on the 14th Global Build. "Being here provides a unique opportunity to build this house from the ground up a whole lot quicker than they would be able to on their own, not just because we are here lending a hand but also financially with Habitat."
He added, "It's a unique experience to work alongside them. It's one thing to come here and put in our time, but it's a completely different experience to be here with the family working side by side sweating together."
Delta employees have now helped build or rehab 253 Habitat homes in 12 countries around the world.
Employees have previously participated in Delta Global Builds in Argentina, Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa and Thailand. Habitat is one of Delta's core community partners as it helps secure safe and affordable shelter around the globe.