ATLANTA, May 9, 2008 – Equipped with hammers, nails and plenty of good will, nearly 60 Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) employees will partner with Habitat for Humanity to help build 30 homes with families in the Mississippi Gulf Coast during a weeklong trip to the region starting this weekend. Delta’s Force for Global Good – a program that unites employees and customers who invest their personal time and money to support philanthropic efforts throughout the world – will do their part during the 2008 Carter Work Project to help provide the stability of safe, decent and affordable housing for residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast who are in need of permanent housing. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita left thousands of people along the Gulf Coast without clean water, sewers, roads or adequate shelter.
“Delta’s Force for Global Good establishes meaningful partnerships worldwide that promote our mission of helping create positive change,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s president and chief financial officer. “Thanks to the passion of our employees, Delta has a rich heritage of giving back to the communities we serve. Through our work with Habitat for Humanity, we not only improve the quality of life for others through home ownership, but also enrich our own lives and the lives of our customers through the spirit of giving.”
“We’re so grateful for the friend Habitat for Humanity has in Delta Air Lines, whose employees have so enthusiastically embraced our mission,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The Delta Force for Global Good is a perfect expression of the concern Delta has for families living in terrible housing conditions, and it’s exciting to see the lasting impact the partnership is having across the globe.”
Delta launched its Habitat partnership in December 2006 when it unveiled a Delta Boeing 767-300 aircraft proudly featuring a unique Habitat for Humanity paint schematic and Delta’s Force for Global Good decal. Other builds by Delta’s Force for Global Good have been held in Johannesburg, South Africa; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Accra, Ghana; and Karjat, India. To date, Delta employees have donated more than 7,000 hours of service to Habitat through Delta’s Force for Global Good program.
Habitat for Humanity’s hurricane-response program began immediately after Hurricane Katrina and expanded after Hurricane Rita to help low-income, hurricane-affected families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama build permanent housing – all of which comply with the 2006 International Residential Code for wind zones of 150 miles per hour. More than 1,300 Habitat hurricane-response homes have been built or are under construction.
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 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit http://www.habitat.org/.
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