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Driven by purpose: How Delta people showed up for their communities in 2023

Over the course of 2023, Delta activated hundreds of events through our community partnerships that positively impacted people, increased Delta’s brand power and inspired others to keep climbing.

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Delta’s mission to connect the world was fueled by many firsts this year—including record-breaking achievements and challenges that hit close to home. Showing up in the communities where Delta people live, work and serve continues to be a tenet for our people. Delta strives to make an impact by building intentional, purposeful partnerships that help address the hopes and needs of real people and spark meaningful change in the world.

While focusing on the pillars of Environment, Equity, Education and Entire Wellness, we invest our time and resources to care for the planet and the people within it.  As a company driven by purpose, giving back to our communities has been core to our culture for nearly 100 years and that rang true in 2023 when Delta Air Lines and The Delta Air Lines Foundation contributed $60 million to communities around the globe through our community partnerships, and our people raised over $8 million for a variety of causes that are near and dear to their hearts.   

We have navigated through uncertain times with a Delta spirit that continues to volunteer in record numbers to build homes, donate blood, build playgrounds, plant trees, and remind us what is possible when we serve others. The impact Delta makes in communities is not possible without the nearly 100,000 Delta employees who selflessly give of their time and energy in service to others. 

“The Delta Difference is proven through our people. Delta people want to roll up their sleeves and help those in need. Whether through giving blood, packing thousands of meal kits for school-aged children, giving the gift of play equity through a new playground, or building a home from the ground up that will be in a family for generations—Delta people care, and it shows,” said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director – Community Engagement.

Over the course of 2023, Delta activated hundreds of events through our community partnerships that positively impacted people, increased Delta’s brand power and inspired others to keep climbing.

A few of those highlights are shown here:

The historic journey began on May 31 in Delta’s hometown of Atlanta, with a parade through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s international terminal. More than 40 veterans returned this year, up from 29 in 2022.
Delta customers can support relief efforts for the Hawaii fires by donating through Delta's Customer Microsite, in partnership with the Red Cross. Donations will go toward immediate relief needs.
Hundreds of Delta people gathered on Dec. 6 at TechOps’ annual holiday event to celebrate the airline’s 19th year in partnership with Marine Toys for Tots and join Delta as they presented bikes, toys and a check to Toys for Tots.

In recognition of these efforts, Delta received awards and distinctions throughout the year:

Delta people’s steadfast commitment to life-giving blood drives made the airline the No. 1 corporate blood drive sponsor of the American Red Cross for a sixth consecutive year, with employees, retirees and customers contributing a record 15,050 units of blood in fiscal year 2023 (FYE 6/30).
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